DC: Beekeeper seeks to partner with Local Grower

20 Dec

At DC Honeybees, we are dedicated to the growth of beekeeping and bee colonies in our urban environment.  Our hives are based in the District of Columbia and benefit from the long and diverse growing season here to build strong and productive honeybee colonies. In the United States the honeybee population has been severely reduced due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Although not completely understood, CCD is suspected to be caused by a variety of parasites and diseases that have become resistant to chemical treatments used by commercial bee growers.  For additional information on CCD, follow this link to a story done by 60 Minutes: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3870476n

DC Honeybees works with boutique bee breeders from around the country that focus upon hardy strains of bees that are naturally resistant to many of the maladies that have historically required chemical treatment.  The hope is that we can help propagate hardy bee colonies using natural methods.

We are looking for partner to share in our mission and who can benefit from these pollinators such as community gardens, property owners who want to sponsor a hive on their rooftop, or individuals who want to take up urban beekeeping.

Education
Honeybees need a good public relations boost as they are some of the most misunderstood bugs while at the same time some of the most important.  Not to be confused with yellow-jackets, wasps, or bumblebees, the honeybee is generally nonaggressive, is a copious plant pollinator, and provides the wonderful end products of fresh local honey and beeswax.  We want to educate our audience about the benefits of the honeybee, the risks to the species, and the personal benefits to keeping a hive in your back yard or rooftop.  For those adventurous enough to purchase a hive and bee colony, we want to provide guidance and support to make that experience happy and successful.

Propagation
With Colony Collapse Disorder remaining a threat to all honeybees in the United States we remain focused to building a strong, disease resistant, local honeybee population.  We do this by:
Naturally increasing the size of our own honeybee stock through colony splitting and queen rearing;
Purchasing bees from suppliers to test the hardiness of new strains;
Identifying partners, especially building owners, who are willing to allow hive placement on their property;
Selling bee products from our hives to fund our growth activities.

We are a mission-driven organization promoting urban beekeeping and education in this metropolitan area.  Please see our website and blog for details:
http://www.dchoneybees.com
http://dchoneybees.blogspot.com


Please contact me at Jeff@DCHoneybees.com for more information.

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