Beekeeping at Drumlin Farm
Have you heard the buzz? Drumlin Farm has a sustainable beekeeping program! Our eight bee hives, located all around the farm, are maintained by Drumlin Farm beekeper Mel using an all-natural, chemical-free approach.
We currently have two different types of hives: traditional Langstroth hives, which maximize honey production, and Warre hives, which reduce the need to disturb the bees when collecting honey. In 2016, we will install a Slovenian hive and a Flow hive to continue experimenting with and educating about various methods of beekeeping. Hives are located in Boyce Field, the Learning Garden, behind the Nature Center, and in the sugar bush. Find them on your next visit!
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. We are dedicated to educating our visitors and raising public awareness about the importance of bees and pollinators. Our exciting bee-related programs for all ages offer an engaging way to learn about bees and beekeeping. Visit our online catalog for upcoming bee programs.
A typical hive can produce up to 200 pounds of honey per year, and requires around 60 lbs to live through the winter. That means we could collect as much as 140 lbs per hive—that’s 1120 lbs total! We are proud to now be a source of raw, all-natural honey. Taste the delicious product of our busy bees for yourself. Our honey is available for purchase at the Drumlin farmstand.