WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING ORDERS FOR PACKAGES AND ESTABLISHED HIVES OF BEES! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST, BUT WHEN YOU WORK FOR MOTHER NATURE, YOU'RE LIMITED TO THE PARAMETER SHE PROVIDES. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN BEING PUT ON OUR SWARM LIST-WHERE WE SELL LOCAL FERAL SWARMS ONCE WE HAVE TOO MANY HIVES ON OUR PROPERTY. THE COST IS $120 PER FERAL COLONY. SIZES DIFFER!
Interested in learning about alternative or top bar beekeeping?
We can help! We offer private or individual beekeeping lessons to new beekeepers and experienced beekeepers alike! Our lessons last one to two hours and Include:
*Covering the nature and biology oft he honey bee
*Discussing the types of hives available and their components
*Advantages and disadvantages of those hive bodies
*Description of the seasonal cycle
*Management tips for tending the hive.
We can also cover:
*Installing your bees into your hive body
*Getting started: The first year of beekeeping
*How to capture feral swarms
*How to make splits
*How to harvest honey from your top bar hive
*Rendering and refining beeswax
We're here to cater the lesson to you, so if you have further questions or are just curious, please don't hesitate to contact us!
Classes are now being booked for the 2014 spring season!
Lessons are $40 per session-single person or per family, and children under 16 are always FREE (and encouraged) to attend
In addition to our standard beekeeping lessons we can also assist you in all of your honey bee related needs! Check out our other pages for more details!
CHECK OUT OUR UPCOMING EVENTS ON OUR 'KENYAN TOP BAR HIVE'S' PAGE!!
At Steller Apiaries we believe natural beekeeping is about keeping outside the box...literally. We pride ourselves on being top bar beekeepers that were made for bees. Bees have existed for more than 30 Million years and we've only been keeping them in hives for the past 4-6,000 years. They had to be doing something right without our help!
The practices we're most proud to announce that we follow are:
*We keep our bees in more natural hives that are associated with better bee health.
*As a result of using these types of hive bodies, we can say our hives (As well as our honey) are COMPLETELY MEDICATION FREE!
*We do not use four-sided frames for the bees to build out their comb structure. We use top bars to allow the bees to naturally cling to each other and build out their comb without obstruction.
*We do not use stamped foundation for our bees. There is no 'one size fits all' for humans, why should bees be any different? Allowing the bees to build all of their cells to their specific size also promotes health throughout the colony by not leaving excess cell size available to mites when larvae and pupae are gestating in the cells
*We cut, crush and strain our comb to harvest the honey, and nothing else. We do not mix our varieties of honey and you don't need an expensive honey house to process honey!
*Once we harvest wax from a colony, we don't put it back. Brood comb is often reused until it is unsuitable to be put back in the hive. Every bee that is born from a cell leaves behind cells (like our skin cells)
*We do not pasteurize our honey. What you do get is the raw, unprocessed, perfect honey that includes all of the health benefits associated with honey, pollen, propolis and the nutrients and enzymes they each contain.
*Our method of beekeeping is more related to 'outside observation.' Using our observation window we can see the bees progress without actually hindering their progress. Every time you open the hive and smoke the bees, they are gorging on honey unnecessarily while you simultaneously remove their retained heat and nest scent.
*We harvest our honey in the spring time, AFTER the bees have made it through the winter with their hard earned honey stores
Steller Apiaries ...Keeping outside the box
Learn about alternative, top bar beekeeping and how we can help sustain the honey bee population by "keeping outside the box!" From bee-ginner beekeeping lessons to custom hives constructed for backyard beekeepers, we are here to provide you with the best possible bee experience!
We are 'backyard beekeepers' that practice a natural alternative to the commercial beekeeping industry. We pride ourselves on practicing, as well as providing information on alternative hive designs and construction. We sustain our bees without medication or stamped foundation and strictly keeping in alternative hives, such as the top bar hive and Warre hive, but we practice with many non-traditional hives even from an alternative beekeepers standpoint! We strive to make aware that honey bees are necessary for the sake of their pollination, not to manipulate them for honey production.
We believe that a natural approach is the right approach to sustaining the bee population and we're doing our part to naturally and organically pollinate food sources and blooms alike!
Many have heard about the epidemic killing the bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. We firmly believe the constant over-medication, strain and manipulation of bees for commercial quantities of honey are larger culprits than many in mainstream beekeeping are willing to admit. Keeping honey bees has become about the ease of tending for the beekeeper, not the honey bee. Sustaining your bees naturally and providing them the essentials they need can produce healthy colonies of bees that readily provide noticeable pollination, honey production, beeswax, and even duplicate and swarm. Caring for your bees naturally and sustainably can provide hobbyists with very healthy bees. And healthy, happy bees provide us with essential and beautiful pollination as well as the best local honey you can get your hands on!
Steller Apiaries is located in Jackson, Michigan on eight glorious acres filled with our own vegetable garden, native wildflowers, and beautiful countryside.