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 (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[…]
Ingredients 1-1/2 cups – fresh berries, divided * 1 Tablespoon – butter 1/3 cup – honey 8 – frozen waffles, toasted Directions Purée 1/2 cup berries in a blender or food processor; set aside. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add honey and bring to a boil; simmer 2 to 3 minutes, Read more about Honey Berry Waffle Sandwich: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2 (about 1-1/4 lbs.) – sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 2 Tablespoons – butter or margarine, melted 2 Tablespoons – honey 1/2 teaspoon – ground cinnamon salt, to taste pepper, to taste Directions Preheat oven to 400°F. With veggie slicer, mandaline or food processor, thinly slice sweet potatoes. Arrange potato slices in a Read more about Honey-Glazed Sweet Potato Chips: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 8 ounces purchased biscotti 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 (12-ounce) container fresh whole milk ricotta, drained 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup orange blossom or clover honey 1 tablespoon orange zest 4 large eggs Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap the Read more about Honey Ricotta Cheesecake: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2 tablespoons plus 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, divided 1⅓ cups whole-wheat flour, or white whole-wheat flour (see Tip) 1 cup all-purpose flour 2¼ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon baking soda 1¼ teaspoons salt 8 ounces (scant 1 cup) nonfat or low-fat plain yogurt 1 large egg ¼ cup Read more about Honey Oat Quick Bread: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2 cups – unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon – baking soda 1/2 teaspoon – baking powder 1/2 teaspoon – salt 3/4 cup – passion fruit nectar 1/4 cup – buttermilk 1/2 cup – butter, softened 1/2 cup – Wildflower honey, or other mild-flavored honey 2 large – eggs 1 cup (4 oz.) – fresh Read more about Honey Passion Fruit Blueberry Cupcakes: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 1 large – ripe mango, peeled and chopped 1/4 cup – red bell pepper, finely chopped 1/4 cup – red onion, finely chopped 2 Tbsp. – fresh cilantro, chopped 2 Tbsp. – fresh lime juice, divided 1 Tbsp. – honey 1 small – jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced 1/3 cup – honey 2 Tbsp. Read more about Sweet Spicy Salmon with Honeyed Mango Salsa: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe:[…]
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 4-6 pound pheasant 3 quarts water 1 cups coarse salt 1 cup Orange Blossom Honey 1 bunch fresh thyme 4 large garlic cloves, peeled 1 tablespoon coarsely cracked black pepper 1 juice orange, halved 1 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups canned low-salt chicken broth Instructions Rinse pheasant; place in a large mixing bowl or Read more about Thursday’s BUZZworthy Recipe: Honey Roasted Pheasant[…]