STELLER APIARIES IS NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR PACKAGED BEES FOR THE 2016 SEASON! IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, DOWNLOAD OUR ORDER FORM HERE OR CONTACT US AT SALES@STELLERAPIARIES.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION. THE COST IS $130 PER 3 LB PACKAGE AND PACKAGES MUST BE PAID IN FULL AT TIME OF ORDER. DELIVERY IS EXPECTED TO BE APRIL-MAY 2016.
(DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER)
STELLER APIARIES FIRST ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE/TOP BAR BEE SCHOOL
WHEN: SATURDAY MAY 7, 2016
9:00 AM-4:00 PM (REGISTRATION STARTS AT 8:30)
COST: $60 PER PERSON OR $75 PER FAMILY
CHILDREN OF ALL AGES WELCOME
4:00-5:00PM -OPTIONAL PRE-PAID HIVE BUILD WORKSHOP
(Click HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR WORKSHOP REGISTRATION)
Our alternative bee school will be broken into two tracks: One for beginners and the other for moderate to intermediate beekeepers.
**If you have kept bees in the past but not specifically in a top bar hive, it is recommended you take the beginner course**
You can click the links provided to download both our Class Schedule and our Course Descriptions.
*ADDITIONALLY, 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 $150 PER FERAL COLONY. SIZES DIFFER!
CHECK OUT OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS ON OUR 'KENYAN TOP BAR HIVE'S' PAGE!!
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!
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
We're eager to provide you with information on alternative, subsistent, top bar beekeeping and how we can help the honey bee population by "keeping outside the box!"
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.