Why Help Honey Bees?
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.
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.
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!
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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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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Latest Hive Report, Recipes & More!
Ingredients 2 cups – Garbanzo beans 6 tablespoons – Lemon juice 1/4 cup – Canola olive oil blend 2 tablespoons – Sesame tahini 1 oz. – Garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons – Kosher salt 1 tablespoon – Local honey Directions In food processor pulse beans, juice, tahini and olive oil until smooth paste. Peel and Read more about Alfalfa Honey & Lemon Hummus: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
INGREDIENTS Cupcakes 2¾ c. all-purpose flour ¾ tsp. each baking powder and baking soda ½ tsp. salt ½ c. reduced-fat sour cream ¼ c. milk 1½ tbsp. grated lemon zest 4 tbsp. lemon juice ¾ c. unsalted butter ¾ c. honey ¼ c. sugar 3 large eggs Lemon-Honey Frosting 1 c. unsalted butter ¼ c. Read more about Lemon-Honey Cupcakes: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2 pounds baby carrots with tops 2 teaspoons olive oil 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 shallot, finely chopped 2 tablespoons bourbon 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon chicken broth or water ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme How to Make It Place a small roasting pan Read more about Honey-Roasted Carrots: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Article and Video from INFortWayne by Ray Steup Southwest Honey Co. was founded by Alex Cornwell and Megan Ryan as an initiative to protect and conserve the local bee population. In 2016, “Explore The Honey Bee,” a unique educational program for students K-12 was started as an introduction to the benefits of pollinators with a Read more about Explore the Honey Bee[…]
INGREDIENTS 1 pound vegetables (such as quartered, peeled small beets; halved, peeled medium carrots or parsnips; or 2 small fennel bulbs, cut into 8 wedges) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons honey Kosher salt PREPARATION Combine vegetables, butter, honey, a generous pinch of salt, and 1 cup water in a large sauté pan or saucepan Read more about HONEY GLAZED VEGETABLES: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Article/video from WFFT Fox Local, “Locally Made Monday” by Andrew Logsdon Last year on Locally Made Monday, we featured the first-year business Southwest Honey Company. It’s back this summer with its monthly ‘Bees and Brew’ events, and it’s creating a lot of buzz. WFFT’s Andrew Logsdon was at the latest ‘Bees and Brew’, he shows Read more about Locally Made Monday – Southwest Honey Co. Bees ‘n Brew[…]
Ingredients 2 1/2 – 3lbs – skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks 1 cup – all-purpose flour 2 – large eggs 1 1/2 cups – panko breadcrumbs 1 1/2 cups – plain breadcrumbs 1/4 cup – avocado oil kosher salt and black pepper For the Honey Glaze: 1 cup – honey 3/4 cup – orange Read more about Honey Baked Chicken: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Article from FortWayne.com by Nancy Crowe (Published in June 2017) We may not want bees at our picnics, but we won’t have very good picnics without them. By simply going about the business of feeding themselves and their young, bees carry pollen from flower to flower, enabling the cycle of plant life and the productionof Read more about Bee Here Now: Easy and fun ways to show pollinators some love[…]
Ingredients 1/3 cup – cider vinegar 2 Tablespoons – vegetable oil 1/4 cup – honey 1 Tablespoon – Dijon mustard 1/8 teaspoon – bottled hot pepper sauce 1-1/2 lb. – small new potatoes, cut in bite-sized pieces 5 slices – bacon, crisp cooked, crumbled 2 Tablespoons – chopped parsley 2 Tablespoons – chopped green onion Read more about Dressing Warm Potato Salad with Honey: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients Four 6- to 7-ounce salmon fillets, skin-on 1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives, plus additional for garnish Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with a nonstick silicone liner, and lay Read more about Baked Salmon with Honey Mustard Sauce: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]