Beekeeping at Drumlin Farm

Bees at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Have you heard the buzz? Drumlin Farm has a sustainable beekeeping program!

Our eighteen bee hives—located all around the farm—are maintained by Drumlin Farm beekeeper Mel using an all-natural, chemical-free approach.


Our Hives

We currently have nine different types of hives—including traditional Langstroth hives, Warre hives, Slovenian and Flow hives in our interactive pollinator room, and a Valkyrie horizontal hive.

Hives are located in Boyce Field, the Learning Garden, behind the Nature Center, near the pig barn, and in the sugar bush. Find them on your next visit!


Our Programs

We are dedicated to educating our visitors and raising public awareness about the importance of bees and pollinators. Not only do our hives help to ensure good pollination for our crops and native plants, but they also are integral in our education programs.

Our exciting bee-related programs have been offered for beginner and intermediate beekeepers, online and in-person, and for all ages, offering various engaging ways to learn about bees and beekeeping.

Find bee programs >

Drumlin Farm honey

Our Honey

We are proud to be a source of raw, all-natural honey!

A typical hive can produce up to 200 pounds of honey per year, and requires around 100 lbs to live through the winter. That means we could collect as much as 100 lbs per hive—that’s 1,800 lbs total!

Taste the delicious product of our busy bees for yourself! Our honey is available for purchase at the Drumlin admissions window as well as the Farm Stand (open seasonally).