In 2013 my father purchased a few nuc boxes from a local bee company to keep at the ranch. His thinking was to leave the bees in a nice shaded spot near a natural water source and collect honey each year from our new spectacular bees. We had absolutely no experience what so ever and had no idea how much input was needed from the Beekeeper to insure their good health. Well, needless to say those bees never had a chance. Frustrated with the loss, I dove in head first that winter reading books, attending seminars, trade shows, watching videos, doing everything I could to learn about being a successful Beekeeper. I soon realized a passion for keeping bees and was determined to keep my new bees alive through the entire year. The following spring we got our new bees and I was able to apply all the things I learned to successfully raise them and keep them alive, despite a very cold winter. By 2015 I was completely consumed with Beekeeping and all its wonders, and had even gotten my wife Marla fascinated. We decided that a few hives were just not enough and were encouraged by friends and neighbors to split and sell them some of our bees. Fast forward to 2016. By this time my wife and I had grown our little apiary to over 40 hives and were well on our way. On Memorial Day of 2016 the sky opened up and dumped 22" of rainfall within 24 hours washing out our entire beautiful apiary. It was a total loss. Recovering only a few empty boxes and mangled frames from down the road, we were heart broke. But we didn't stay down long. We decided with a clean slate we would apply what we had learned over the years and purchase the best bee stock we could find to get us started again. We began searching high and low for survivor, mite resistant, gentle honey producing bees to add to our breeding stock. With determination and dedication we launched a new business venture offering the best genetics in bees to our area beekeepers and lease owners. What was a very tragic day for us, turned out to be a true blessing.
We began our business selling nucs and queens to new beekeepers and providing mentoring/training. A few years later a neighbor asked if we would put some hives on his property to help him maintain his ag exemption. He would cover the costs of the feed, fuel, woodenware, etc. as long as we ensured to maintain the hives for him year 'round and he didn't need to do anything with the bees -- this was the kickstart of our honey bee leasing services. Just of five years later we have over 300 leases and 2,200 hives in Central, South Central and Upper Gulf Coast Regions in Texas - and still growing!
We continue to offer nucs, queens & our delicious pure raw honey.
If you have an interest in bees, or just like the thought of having bees on your property but don't want to manage them yourself, then we have a solution for you!
We are excited to announce that we have added additional staff members to our team this year!!
Our current plans are to continue expanding our pollination & agricultural leasing services, queen rearing operations, and honey production.
COMING SOON TO A SHELF NEAR YOU
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The inquires of where to find our honey and requests from businesses to sell in their local shops continues to increase year after year. We plan to begin selling our honey in local area businesses Fall/Winter 2023.
As before, our bees and land owners (lease holders) are our priority. This means when we extract honey each year we ensure 2 things first: (1) If we have hives struggling with their own honey production we may help them along by giving them a frame or two of honey from another local colony to ensure they have enough stores going into the Winter.
(2) We then ensure our land owners (bee lease customers) receive a complimentary bottled pound of honey per hive that they have on their property as a Thank You for supporting the bee population.
If we have remaining honey, we will sell direct to consumer from our website or in local area businesses. If you are interested in wholesale quantities and pricing please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.