Do you love bees, the environment and want to help them? Do you like talking to people and thrive in a sales role? Then we are looking for you. Our perfect candidate is a self starter, loves the outdoors and is excited to learn more about bees and beekeeping.
As a Farmer’s Market Sales associate you will be representing Beverly Bees and selling our products at Boston-area farmer’s markets, engaging with customers face-to-face to and explaining the unique aspects of our honey, beeswax candles and skin care and our mission of saving bees.
This year we have a limited number of 3 lb package bees for sale. The bees are the same type of bees we use ourselves in some of our host a hive customer locations due to the gentle temperament of the bees, high winter survival rate, great honey production and consistent excellent health of these bees on arrival over the years. For more about the health of our personal bees read this post showing our USDA Honey Bee Health Survey, showing near zero varroa, virus and no disease across all our colonies tested.
What Type of Bee?
I often hear people talking about how one bee type is better than the next. Discussing if they should get Italian, Carniolan, Russians, Buckfast, Mite Biters, VSH, large cell, small cell, treatment free, California bees verses Georgia bees, blah blah blah.
Let me tell you a secret – THERE IS NO MAGIC BEE!™
There is no bee that can make up for bad beekeeping. Frankly, there are sick bees and healthy bees. There are talented beekeepers and those who may need a little help. The latter can cause healthy bees to become sick bees. The secret to successful beekeeping is to start with bees that are healthy in the first place. Bees that are already sick take extremely talented beekeepers to fix, even then some may just be doomed to failure.
How do you get healthy bees?
Unfortunately for many new beekeepers this will be hard to know. The best way is to ensure your bees have a certificate of health and if your bees come with comb (as in a nuc or a hive) be sure they have been inspected by an apiary inspector prior to purchase. If you are buying a package of bees, after they are installed and the queen has been laying for a few weeks, ask your state apiary inspector to inspect them for you and test mite levels. If possible take samples for viruses and disease. They will look at your queens brood pattern to make sure it is healthy and you can find out if your bees have started out on the right path for success. If you can get virus, mite and nosema testing done on the colony this will give you a baseline to judge your bees health.
We tested out many bee package suppliers over the past decade and have noted things like which suppliers have better queens, which bees have more mites, which bees have less mites, which come up loaded with virus and which do not. We have found a place we are happy with where the bees historically have been healthier to begin with. These are the bees we are offering to you to purchase. They are only available for local pick as we do not yet ship bees.
Every week it seems, I get asked how my bees are doing. Did they survive the winter? Are bees really dying? Is colony collapse disorder still happening? While it is true bees are struggling today more than ever and as beekeepers we have to work harder than ever before to keep our bees alive, in general our bees are doing great.
One way I know for sure is every year we participate in the USDA/APHIS National Honey Bee Health Survey to check the status of our bees. If you have 10 or more colonies in your apiary you can participate in this nationwide survey through your state inspection program. It is a great way to see how you are doing managing your bees and to check the health status of your hives. An inspection is performed by a bee inspector of 8 colonies in your apiary and samples are taken from each colony to test overall varroa mite levels, diseases, pathogens such as nosema and viruses and even pesticide levels in your apiary.
On July 31st, 2018 a Massachusetts Bee Inspector came to inspect my hives at our bee farm in Beverly. He checked each and every one for a queen, noted the health of the brood and bees and the presence and absence of disease. In addition he took samples of bees from 8 of our hives and sent them to the USDA for testing. He also sampled wax to test for pesticides in our hives.
While I am still waiting for the pesticide results to come in, I received the health results a few weeks ago from the samples he took. I am happy to share the results with you. Our bees are 100% disease free, are virtually free from varroa (just 1 found in the 1364 bees sampled which is a very small amount) and viruses. See the results for yourself here!
Our bees are doing very well. You can see the national results here. So now when people ask me how my bees are doing, I can say with proof that they are doing wonderful. See for yourself!
January 12, 2019
by Anita Deeley Comments Off on Beverly Bees Honey Comb and Honey Win Good Food Awards
Beverly Bees Honey Comb and Honey win the 2019 Good Food Awards!
Beverly Bees Raw Massachusetts Wildflower Honey & Massachusetts Wildflower Honey Comb were both selected as winners of the 2019 Good Food Awards. The award is based on taste and sustainable beekeeping practices. There were over 2035 entries in this year’s annual Good Food Awards across 16 categories, the final 324 products represented 40 states and passed vetting for category-specific sustainability standards.
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March 28, 2017
by Anita Deeley Comments Off on Anita Deeley on Get Your Garden Growing
Watch Anita Deeley of Beverly Bees demonstrate the inner workings of a honey bee hive to Sandra Lawson of Get Your Garden Growing. This video was recorded by BevCam in July 2016. Anita explains how to keep bees healthy, the problems bees are facing today, then dons a bee veil and opens up a hive to show Sandra around.
See what honey looks like in a real live bee hive and determine when it is ready to harvest. Learn why you use smoke and how to smoke bees properly. Watch Anita go through a hive inspection giving tips along the way. View where the bees keep their babies in the hive and the importance of the queen, workers and drones. Review what to do if you get stung. Understand the honey bee life cycle, products of the hive and more! No experience with beekeeping needed. No need for a bee veil or smoker, just sit back, relax and enjoy the video below.
The hive opening starts at 8 minutes in for those who want to dive right into the bees. Also MA beekeepers please note the requirements for opting out of Mosquito Spraying have recently changed. You can now opt out online here.
Meet Us In Person
Local residents please come visit us at one of our farmers markets this year! We love to talk about bees and beekeeping and answer any questions you may have. For an updated list visit our Markets page hereor subscribe to our events page on facebook.