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!
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[…]
Ingredients ½ cup Honey ½ cup Peanut butter ½ cup Butter or margarine ¼ cup Packed brown sugar 1 Egg 1 ½ Teaspoon vanilla 2 cups Flour ½ teaspoon Baking soda ½ teaspoon Salt 6 oz. Chocolate morsels ½ cup Roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped Directions Combine honey, peanut butter, butter and brown sugar in a Read more about Bee Nutty Choco-Chips Cookies: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Video from WANE TV- Channel 15 News FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – It’s that time of year again when you’ll start to see more and more bees buzzing around. But, what do you do about them? Megan Ryan and Alex Cornwell from Southwest Honey Company joined First News Sunday with some advice. Southwest Honey Co. Read more about Beekeepers share how to save honeybees from extinction: WANE TV, Channel 15 News[…]
Ingredients 4 cups coarsely chopped cantaloupe 1 cup sugar ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice ½ cup honey 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon powdered pectin Makes 2 cups Preparation Bring cantaloupe and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan, mashing lightly with a potato masher; add sugar and lemon juice and bring Read more about Salted Honey Cantaloupe Jam: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients ½ cup brown rice 1 cup water 1 large Savoy cabbage, (about 3 pounds) 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 6 tablespoons lemon juice, divided 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill 1 teaspoon caraway seeds ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper 1½ Read more about Sweet & Sour Cabbage Rolls: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2½ pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon honey ½ cup low-fat milk 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½ teaspoon salt ½ cup whole-wheat flour ⅓ cup packed brown sugar 4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate Read more about Sweet Potato and Honey Casserole: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]