Living a dream in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia.
Married to my best friend, the love of my life. We raised 4 children and ran an auto repair and body shop business for 27 years in Maryland.
We are now looking to start a new life, building a self-sufficient life on our mountain.
We have been keeping honeybees since 2009. It has opened up a new world to a “body man” from the city. You start paying attention what is going on around you in this world when everything is moving so fast in life. I never had the time to learn about the trees that are blooming in the spring and to appreciate that they are a major source of nectar for the bees - that time is called the “honey flow.”
Our honey, we believe, is the best you can buy. We have never treated our bees with any chemicals and we have high quality queens that take care of any bee problems.
Our local West Virginia honey comes from the forest were we live. With abundance of black locust, basswood, blueberries, and blackberries. It is considered a wild flower honey. Our Maryland apiaries, where we used to live, are located in the Patapsco Valley of Howard County - an area rich with locust, tulip and many more pollen sources that Park has to offer.
Our honey is always pure! It is screened to remove pieces of wax and to give our customers the best tasting and best looking product, with all the benefits it has to offer.
We began selling bees a few nuclei (nucs)* a year from splits. We discovered the need for good local bees. We started selling over-wintered nucs with a proving queen. While most were losing full size hives in the winter, we had no loses of our little 5-frame two story hives. In the Spring the nucs were placed into full size hives and many people added honey supers** and could harvest honey the first year.
If you are interested in our honey or would like to talk bees please get in touch.
- Jim & Donna
*Nucleus - a hive of bees which consists of fewer frames than a typical hive, usually smaller in size. A nucleus usually consists of two to five frames of comb and used primarily for starting new colonies or rearing or storing queens; also called and commonly referred to a nuc.
**Super = A box with frames in which bees store honey; usually placed above the brood nest.