HOW WE KEEP


Our management practices support healthy honeybees, colonies, and communities.

We never smoke honeybees or feed sugar water.

We have clean, chloride-free and fluoride-free water on each colony 365 days of the year.

We never use chemicals nor antibiotics in, around or near a colony.

We never artificially feed honeybees.

We plant annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that are honeybee-friendly
plants by providing nectar, pollen and/or resin.

We leave more than 100 pounds of honey in each hive for honeybees to feed on during the winter.

Our apiaries and hives are always located in sunny locations, with the entrance oriented towards the southeast.

We rotate more than 30% of the comb out of hive each year to minimize environmental residue build-up in wax.

All colonies are raised on their own natural wax combs attached to Thomas Hybrid
Hive (TH2) bars that are without frames and without plastic/wax preformed foundation.

We dust, spray, and water with propolis as needed, to reduce
hive pathogens, pests, and other problems that the colony may encounter.

We manage the honeybees when it is best for honeybees.

We educate and inform hive stewards of all-natural methods and practices.

We raise local honeybees and local, open-mated queens in
various locations to assist with the genetic diversity of drones.

We place colonies into Community Supported Apiaries to maximize
local honeybee pollination coverage for local food security.

 

CSA

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED APIARY

2014 Honey Shares are Limited!

Secure your 2014 Community Supported Apiaries (CSA) membership shares by becoming a CSA member.

Each CSA Membership share is $45.00 and provides one pound of honey. Your CSA membership share will provide pollination coverage for local food security, allow us to continue to teach the public about the importance of honeybees in our local environment and our daily lives, and support our use of all-natural methods of honeybee stewardship in our hives. Baltimore Honey’s honeybees will thank you for your support with one pound of our finest B’MORE HON E brand of raw, micro-local honey. Baltimore Honey’s B’MORE HON E is micro-local and allows you to access raw, non-filtered and non-heated honey at a zip code of your choice. We have our honeybees in apiaries in several Maryland and Pennsylvania zip codes.

The Next Honey Harvest is July 2014

Available for pick up in Baltimore City or can be mailed to you directly
Gift Certificates Available

Contact us at: CSA@baltimorehoney.org

WORKSHOPS

Baltimore Honeybee Stewardship 2014 Workshops

Become a honeybee steward this Fall. Classes start September 14th!

Sign up for the All-Natural Methods and Practices of Honeybee Stewardship workshop.
Learn about the equipment and the hive, honeybee colony dynamics, integrated pest management,
all natural keeping methods, and how to enhance the honeybee environment in your backyard.

Students with Valid ID use code BHStudentRate to receive 50% off

SAVE THE BEES

TEN ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE TO HELP YOUR LOCAL HONEYBEES:

1. Plant nectar and pollen-rich plants, especially those with blooming
periods from February through April and from June through October.
2. Omit the use of chemicals outdoors: herbicides, fungicides, insecticides,
pesticides, winterizers, and non-organic fertilizers, as well as organic
products containing active and/or inert ingredients that harm honeybees.
3. Plant for honeybees! White Dutch clover and dandelions are honeybees’
early and late seasonal food sources for nectar and pollen.
4. Encourage neighbors to join Baltimore Honey’s effort by
becoming a Community Supported Apiary (CSA) Member.
5. Support hive stewards that rear local honeybees and queens
that are open-mated to increase genetic diversity.
6. Support hive stewards by purchasing local honey and
other products from the hive: wax, propolis, etc.
7. Contact your local city council, mayor, senator, and congressperson
to voice your support for local honeybees and hive stewards.
8. When purchasing food, purchase local. Buy from local hive stewards
who have a similar moral stand on honeybees’ welfare.
9. Install bat houses to help reduce mosquitoes, moths, and beetles in the hive .
10. Attend a honeybee workshop to learn more.

OUTREACH

Baltimore City Beekeepers Application and Affidavit
Baltimore Honey Hive Hosting Agreement
The Marc Steiner Show “Soundbites” @ 25:45 seconds

Rodale Institute “Seven Easy Ways to Help the Honey Bees”
Rodale Institute “Bringing Back the Honeybee”
NPR “Legislation for Honey”
Baltimore Business Journal “Intercontinental Harbor Court Hotel Hives”
Maryland Department of Agriculture Honeybee Colony Registration Application
10/13 Updated Baltimore City Honeybee Guidelines
True Source Honey
Business Week: The Honey Launderers

 

THOMAS HYBRID HIVE

The Thomas Hybrid Hive is standardized! Custom milled by local carpenters.
It marries the standard Langstroth Hive with the Kenyan Top Bar, utilizing interchangeable hive top bars.
Whether you are rearing, transferring or placing colonies for honey harvesting the Hybrid Hive offers it all.

Read More and Order Here!

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443.857.8748

queenbee@baltimorehoney.org

Baltimore, Maryland