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 from Fortwayne.com (Published December 31, 2016) Ever wonder what the honey bee does in the winter? A lot of us do, apparently, because the good folks at the Southwest Honey Co. get asked that question a lot. Like, a lot. And those of us who do wonder about this have had our own ideas Read more about The Buzz of Winter: Fortwayne.com[…]
Ingredients 1/2 cup – Clover Honey 1/2 cup – Butter 1/2 cup – Packed brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon – Baking soda 3 quarts – Popped popcorn Fleur de sel Instructions Pre-heat oven to 250°F Melt butter in large saucepan; stir in sugar, honey and salt. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil. Place a Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe: Honey Caramel Corn[…]
Ingredients 2 cups of fresh mixed herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro) 2 cucumber, cut in half lengthwise ½ lime, peel and pith removed 1 apple, cored and cut into wedges 1 pear, cored and cut into wedges 2 Tablespoons Raspberry Honeysimple syrup ½ cup coconut juice (optional) Instructions: Starting with the fresh herbs, juice everything into pitcher Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe: Green Smoothie and Juice[…]
Ingredients 1 lb. Dry cured bacon, sliced – I like Niman Ranch 2 tbsp. Orange Blossom Honey (Or, Maple Honey) ¼ c. Light Brown Sugar – I like India Tree’s Light Muscovado Sugar 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard ½ tsp. Kosher Salt ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe: Candied Bacon[…]
Ingredients 2 teaspoons instant yeast 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1/4 cup warm water 3 large eggs, plus 1 for egg wash 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/4 cup Florida Orange Blossom Honey Instructions Make a yeast slurry by whisking together the yeast and 1/4 cup of the flour, then whisk Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe: Orange Blossom Honey Challah[…]
Ingredients 1 pound baby carrots ½ pound pearl onions 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons Blueberry Honey 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Salt (I like fine sea salt) Freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup whole leaf fresh mint, cleaned and stemmed Instructions In a medium to large skillet, fill 2/3 full of water and bring to Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe: Blueberry Honey Glazed Carrots with Pearl Onions and Mint[…]
Article from WBOI NPR by Amber Foster (Published November 17, 2016) At some point during the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the honey bee crisis. Maybe you saw a national campaign to save the bees, or read a doom and gloom article about the declining bee population. Honey bees are dying off at Read more about The Importance of Honey Bees: An Interview with Southwest Honey Co. : WBOI NPR[…]
Ingredients 8 cups coarse fresh breadcrumbs (from a 1-lb white loaf with crust) 4 cups coarsely crumbled cornbread 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter 2 medium onions, finely chopped (1 1/2 cups) 1 turkey liver Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe: Basswood Honey Stuffing[…]
Yield: 8 servings Our Meadowfoam Honey adds a glorious complexity to this essential Autumnal dessert. Novice bakers will appreciate how easy it is to make. Serve at room temperature and garnish with honey-sweetened whipped cream. Ingredients Pastry Dough for 9 inch deep dish pie pan. 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/3 Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 1 part Jack Daniels 1 part fresh lemon juice 1 part Orange Blossom Syrup (recipe below) Sugar & Oranges for garnish *Honey Syrup Instructions Combine equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir until honey is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool slightly then place in an airtight Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]