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 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[…]
Ingredients 2 – 3 tablespoons – honey, plus more for drizzling 1 cup – ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon – lemon zest Fresh strawberries, sliced Directions Stir together ricotta, honey, and zest. Serve with the bread and fresh strawberries and a drizzle of honey. *Spread can be refrigerated, in an airtight container, up to 1 week. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/248870/sweet-potato-casserole/
Ingredients 3 cups – papaya nectar or orange juice, divided 1-2/3 cup – frozen mango chunks 1-2/3 cup – pineapple chunks, canned or frozen 3/4 cup – honey 1/3 cup – fresh lime juice Directions In a food processor, pureé 1-1/2 cups papaya nectar or orange juice and remaining ingredients. Stir in remaining 1-1/2 cups Read more about Mango Pineapple Sorbet with Honey: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
INGREDIENTS • 1 round of brie • 3 tablespoons honey • 1/3 cup sliced almonds or toasted pecans, optional • Bread for serving PREPARATION How to make baked honey Brie: Preheat the oven to 375. Place the Brie on an ovenproof serving plate and bake it for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cheese is Read more about Baked Honey Brie Recipe: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or canola oil • 2 tablespoons lemon juice • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 small shallot, minced • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper • 2 cups shredded carrots, (about 4 medium) • 1 cup peeled and shredded celery root (see Note) • 1/4 cup golden Read more about Carrot Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 1 cup white sugar 1 cup shortening 1 cup honey 2 eggs 1 teaspon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon ground ginger Directions 1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt together sugar, shortening and honey. Let cool. 2. Mix together eggs, vanilla, baking soda and ginger. Gradually Read more about Old German Honey Cookies: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 8 cups mixed baby salad greens 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 8 ounces) 1 cup red seedless grapes, halved 2/3 cup thin diagonally cut slices celery Preparation Combine all ingredients in a large bowl: toss gently. Place 2 cups salad on each of 4 plates. Citrus-Honey Dressing Ingredients 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice Read more about Chicken Salad with Red Grapes and Citrus-Honey Dressing: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2 (2- to 2 1/2-lb.) slabs St. Louis-style pork ribs 1 tablespoon kosher salt 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup honey 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons Asian chili-garlic sauce 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon ground ginger Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Rinse slabs, and pat dry. Remove thin membrane from back of Read more about Honey-and-Soy-Lacquered Ribs: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 1 (6-oz.) package baby spinach 1 cup quartered fresh strawberries 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 1/2 cup fresh blueberries Honey Dressing Ingredients 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil Preparation Whisk together vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Add olive oil in a slow, Read more about Spinach Salad with Honey Dressing and Honeyed Pecans: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]