17732 SE 283rd Ave.
Umatilla FL 32784
UPDATE: Upon careful reconsideration we have decided to cancel all of the September Classes. We feel that it is in the best interest of everyone involved to postpone the classes until October. We already have dates scheduled, and will add more as the need arises. We hope that everyone can recuperate from the Hurricane over the next two weeks, and then resume life as usual in October. We apologize for any inconvenience, and will do our best to accommodate everyone that has registered for class. Please call the office with any questions or concerns.(352)-669-4233 Office hours are Monday - Friday 8 am until 4 pm
Excuse our Dust
We are in the process of changing our E-commerce(shopping cart) provider for our Online Store. We are trying to provide a simpler, better internet shopping experience for our customers. In the coming weeks, you should notice a different look and feel to the Online Store. We are expecting a smooth transition into the new site, however, we all know “ Life Happens”. Should you encounter any issues with the site or the Store, please call the office so that we can get them resolved. Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Fall is Quickly Approaching
Although the weather is still blistering hot, we need to start thinking about the Fall Season.We are now in that "sweet spot" where it is time to start posturing ourselves for the Fall Wildflower Honey flow and making the decisions as to what we would like to accomplish this season. Do we want to set ourselves up to make splits, or do we want to set up to make honey?? This determines whether we add a Deep brood box, or a Medium honey super. Either choice is fine, as long as it fits into your overall plan. To try and help you make those decisions, we offer a variety of classes that cover the different scenarios that you will face. We are currently working on our Fall Class Schedule and hope to have the details available soon. Please check back here on the Home page for any and all updates to the schedule.
The Fall Class Schedule has been set
We have worked out the schedule for the Fall Classes and will be offering 2 Beginning Beekeeping classes, 2 Hive management Classes, and 1 Extracting Class this season. All classes require pre payment and a minimum of 10 participants to guarantee that they will be held. All classes will be held on a Saturday from 9am until 3pm, and include lunch and a copy of the book that is used as reference material for that class. Class fees are $75 per person or $120 per couple, and all participants are urged to bring any Personal Protective Equipment ( Suit/Jacket, Hat, Veil, Gloves, etc.) that they have as the last half of the classes are conducted in the Bee Yard. Loaner equipment is available for those that might not have their own. Please call the office to register.
Beginning Beekeeping Classes-
September 23rd & October 7th
Hive Management Classes- October 21st
Extracting Class- November 18th
Mite Check Tutorial
Summer is upon us, and this is the critical time of year when the mite population can quickly out number your bee population if it goes unchecked. The most effective way of checking for mites is the Alcohol wash. Yes I know, it requires killing a sample of approximately 300 bees, however this is better than losing an entire hive to mite damage.
Below is a link to a video that explains the process. This particular video is from New Jersey but it gives an accurate explanation of the entire process. Video credit: Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association
Get on the List
As we get into the Summer months, Queen Rearing becomes more difficult. Therefore, we have shut down the Queen Operation for the Summer, and will resume in the Fall. Call for availability, scheduling, or to get on the list for Fall.
A reservation list has also already been started for our Fall Nuc's. If your thinking about ordering, call in today and claim your spot!