As if bees and beekeepers didn’t have enough to contend with, such as varroa mites, nosema, American and European foulbrood and mysterious colony collapse disorder, now comes the concept honey bees are being turned into “zombies” by a fly parasite. US scientists discovered that – ast least in California and South Dakota – a fly […]
In research laboratories, commercial apiaries and even urban bee yards scientists and beekeepers have been trying to beat back the advance of some serious diseases and pests that threaten the honey bee. This isn’t some “rescue society” attempt to prevent the mistreatment of an insect, but rather a long view toward trying to save humanity. […]
Originally published August 17, 2011 in The Vancouver Sun. British Columbia academia’s well-deserved developing knowledge around life sciences is paying off again with new funding for a project to try and identify varroa-resistant strains of honey bees. B.C. is fast becoming a province where solutions to the problems of varroa and the mysterious phenomenon known […]
We had our first official visit from the provincial government’s apiculture inspector this week, and one look into my hive officially confirmed that I’m a rookie. For the second time in as many weeks, I’ve managed to kill my queen. Or, more accurately, the cranky laying workers in my hive said “off with her head!” […]
Albert Einstein once said “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!” No more men? There are times when women might wish for this when we’re picking up stinky socks, but I think […]
After Saturday’s publication in The Vancouver Sun of our new Honey Bee Zen blog, I received a note from Ian Tait, an old Olympics friend who is now involved in an effort to help bees make it in this tough world of ours. It’s called Feed The Bees. Tait pointed me to this cooperative effort by the Delta Chamber of Commerce and Earthwise […]
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Honey Bee Zen Apiaries Ltd and its subsidiary, Swan Valley Honey Ltd., are known for their sustainable beekeeping practices and a growing list of terroir-based niche honeys.
Based in the verdant Creston Valley in B.C.'s Central Kootenay region, we produce award-winning honeys derived from a vast array of forages, including alfalfa, dutch clover, snowberry, thistle, wild fruits, fireweed, sweet clover and more. The land has provided our Swan Valley branded-honey a gentle, delectable, sweetness sought after throughout the province. We supply over 30 retail locations in B.C.
We are committed to working with farmers who respect the land they use and the bees we provide, and we seek out strong and beneficial relationships. We are interested in the science and breeding of bees, the production of honey and hive products, and trying to resolve the challenges bees and their keepers around the world face.
- Picking Blueberries With Sandhill Cranes: A Summer Event July 17, 2016
- Canada’s ban on honey bee imports is folly, says B.C.’s biggest beekeeper March 10, 2012
- Treating bees with oxalic acid; a late-winter mite-killing exercise February 1, 2015
- Battling honey bee chalkbrood an expensive, maddening affair June 9, 2015
- Four apiary sites in B.C.’s Fraser Valley found with small hive beetles September 10, 2015
- Painting New Honey Supers For The Coming Season April 18, 2018
- World Supplier of Nosema Medication Fumagilin-B Shuts Down April 13, 2018
- Alberta Small Hive Beetle find means trouble for B.C. beekeepers July 29, 2017
- New honey in our Swan Valley operations in Creston! July 20, 2017
- New adventures for Honey Bee Zen Apiaries and Swan Valley Honey July 16, 2017
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