For honeybees across the USA and the world, the Fall can be traumatic. The conventional practice is to "rob" the honey stores from the hive--more than the bees would be able to surivie without--and then feed sugar or corn syrup so that the bees don't starve through the winter months. With the business of beekeeping, it is the bees who lose and the bottomline profits are carefully nurtures at the expense of the bees' health.
Honey is THE vital food that the bees need in order to make t through the winter months and come into spring with a healthy and vital immunse system. When the bees are robbed of their honey and fed sugar or corn syrup, it cahnges the pH in their metabolic system, making them susceptible to disease and virus--notable Amewrican foulbrood, European foulbrood, and nosema, which are directly linked to sugar and corn syrup feeding.
It's no wonder that the bees are in crisis! Luckily, we as beekeepers are empowered to make a difference once we know how important it is that we allow the bees to overwinter on their own honey. EDUCATION is the essential balm for the crisis we are in, and this is our mission at Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary. We teach, and practice, that the appropriate time to harvest honey is in the spring when the bees have made it through the winter months on their own honey, and when they turn away from the winter stores. This happens when the dandelion and the orchard come into bloom. This provides a great early nectar flow and marks the appropriate time to have the true surplus of honey--what the bees didn't need!
Your support of our work helps to bring these practices into the mainstream and gives more and more people the opportunity to become stewards of the honeybees and ensure their health and vitality into the future.
We deeply appreciate your donations and continued interest in this work for the bees.
Many thanks from all of us,