More Bees has two goals:
More Bees has two goals: survival of the bees and providing quality beeswax an honey body products. When we learned about all the challenges that were facing honey bees, I wanted to be part of the solution. I knew that the long term survival of the honey bees couldn’t work if the bees were reliant on having their hives fumigated one, two, or even three times a year. I knew that we needed to re-establish the ability of the honey bee to survive in the wild. Working on this has been both exciting and frustrating. It has meant changing the bee keeping practices that I learned from my master beekeeper to ones more consistent with nature. That means I do things differently from commercial beekeepers. One difference is that I do not move my bees to pollinate commercial crops. The second is that I do not try to maximize honey production. The third is that I try to reduce pests naturally, while finding honey bees that can survive in our local ecosystem.
How We Got Started Working With Bees
Over 8 years ago, we learned about the difficulties facing the honeybee. We bought hives the next day, and two weeks later, we had bees in them. We've had bees ever since. We quickly began to suspect, as a growing number of beekeepers are beginning to, that current bee management techniques employed by most commercial and many home beekeepers could be contributing to the plight of the honeybees, particularly wild bees. For this reason, we have chosen to keep our bees as holistically and naturally as possible. We have also decided to always have hives, so that our neighborhood will have the benefit of honeybees. In the course of keeping the bees, we began to accumulate beeswax. Not wanting to waste, we looked into things that could be done with beeswax. Our first endeavor was soap. After rave reviews by family and friends alike, and being urged repeatedly to sell our soaps, we did just that. That was over 6 years ago. The rest is history, as they say. We now carry a variety of beeswax/honey body products.