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What does the future look like for bee and beekeepers? Our vision is a sustainable beekeeping industry, for both commercial and hobbyist alike, that does not infringe on truly wild bee populations and species.
So what does that look like?
One aspect of a sustainable beekeeping industry would be no more over-saturation of honey bees in New England.
New England does not have the expansive farm land found out west. Sources of pollen and nectar, while diverse, are limited. Beekeepers that keep 50, 75, and sometime over 100 colonies in one location simply outcompeting wild pollinators by sheer numbers.
So how do we manage enough colonies to meet the demand for locally produced honey?
We believe, for most of New England, that sustainable backyard beekeeping is the answer. We also believe that it's up to the beekeeping suppliers to lead the way towards sustainability. How? By putting bees and people over profits. Putting an end to trucking in 1,000's of package bees a year and focusing on selling quality nucs of local genetic stock.
But with all the demand for package bees, won't the cost of Nucs skyrocket?
Yes. Unfortunately that would likely happen, but the costs would quickly balance out. The more hobbyist adopt local genetics into their apiaries, the better our winter survival will be. Additionally, due to the heightened cost, new beekeepers will level out to only those who will take it seriously.
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