Why Help Honey Bees?

in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Declining Bee Population

Since the 1990’s the beekeeping community has noticed a rapid decline in bee population. Theories exist such as industrial agriculture and pesticides, global warming, and parasites. Beekeepers have reported between 30-50% higher rates of hive loss. Southwest Honey Co. aims to help conserve and boost the bee population.

Research & Education

We are excited to update our followers with step-by-step documentation of our beekeeping experiences. We hope that our documentation will help educate other fellow beginning beekeepers as well as help us to make improvements and changes along the way in the seasons to come.

Honey Benefits

Have you ever tried local honey? Many people find that using local honey helps with the treatment of allergy symptoms. Bees work very hard to intricately produce honey. Also, honey is a fantastic sweetener substitute to use in any recipe while cooking or baking.

Pollination & Food

Bees are the number one pollinators and are globally responsible for 80% of all pollination. Our crops and food sources rely on bees. You have a bee to thank for 1 out of every 3 bites you take.

About Southwest Honey Co.

Conservation, Beekeeping, Education, Fundraising.

Southwest Honey Co. was founded by Alex Cornwell and Megan Ryan as an initiative to protect and conserve our local bee population. On a global level the bee population is declining; which if left unaddressed, will drastically change the world as we know it because of all of hard work the honey bee does. In response to this crisis, we strapped on our veils, slid on our gloves and built an apiary at the Southwest Conservation Club in Fort Wayne (Waynedale), Indiana.

Following the principles that the conservation club was founded on, we exist to promote true conservation, education of the outdoors and the restoration of wildlife. From these hives we harvest local organic honey that is sold as a fundraiser in support of our apiaries and the Southwest Conservation Club.

Learn About Honey Bees!

Making The Connection Between Our Environment & Ecosystem Through Honeybee Education.
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Explore The Honey Bee!


Join us this summer as we explore the honey bee in our fun & hands-on K-12 educational program! Our programs open the minds of students with this interactive outdoor experience right here in the city.

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Bees & Brew


Sample honey wine and honey beer, make real beeswax candles, and for the adventurous, tour our apiary and see a live hive. And of course learn about the honey bee’s importance in the environment!

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Bees & Tea


These events include a special presentation designed just for seniors! Sit back and sip tea and baked treats provided by our on-site chef while learning all about the bees and the wonderful things they do for us.

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Group Bookings


We are now accepting reservations for your group, for all of our programs, “Explore The Honey Bee (k-12), Bees & Brew (21+ Adults) and Bees & Tea (Seniors).
Come to us or we can bring the fun to you!

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Local Honey & Products

Latest Hive Report, Recipes & More!

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