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.
Our volunteer-operated organization was founded as an initiative to conserve our local pollinator population. On a global level, pollinators are declining; which if left unaddressed, will drastically change the world as we know it. In response to this crisis, we strapped on our veils, slid on our gloves and began to partner with organic farmers and natural property owners in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area and began to build apiaries populated from local honey bee swarms.
We currently provide refuge for 50 colonies in our sustainably kept, organic apiaries. It is from these hives that we harvest raw honey and create local handmade products. Proceeds go towards creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, promoting awareness of their population decline & educating the public on ways they can help.
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!
Interview by WANE-TV, Sierra Tufts Honey bee “Swarm Season” is in full effect, but don’t worry. Southwest Honey Company has advice to mitigate swarms and help the bee population. If you spot a large clump of honey bees on a branch, in a tree, or other covered area, you have found a swarm. Honey bees swarm naturally Read more about Southwest Honey Explains Bee Swarms: Live WANE-TV[…]
Article from WBOI by Julia Meek National Pollinator Week begins this Monday, and here in Fort Wayne, Southwest Honey Co. is abuzz with plans for a honey of a celebration called “Bees & Brew.” This year’s affair will be hosted at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, and will include the debut of a special honey beer, as well Read more about A Toast To National Pollinator Week: WBOI NPR[…]
Article from the News Sentinel, by Kevin Kilbane … Heartland Restoration worked with both local golf courses to provide the native plant seed mix they used to start their prairie areas. The plants include those with interesting names, such as Ohio spiderwort, rattlesnake master, foxglove beardtongue and ironweed. Heartland Restoration has noticed increasing interest in planting Read more about Golf Courses Finding Native Wildflowers..: News Sentinel[…]
Article and story from Fox News (WFFT), by Abby Jackson … Ryan said many people will call an exterminator to kill the bees, but calling Southwest Honey Company will save trouble and the bees. “Most of the exterminator companies around Fort Wayne, if they arrive on the scene where there is a honey bee swarm, they Read more about What To Do If You See A Bee Swarm: Fox News WFFT[…]
Article from the News Sentinel Celebrate bees, butterflies and other pollinators and enjoy honey wine or beer and more at the Bees & Brew event at 6:30 p.m. June 22 at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. You must be age 21 or older to attend. The event, which takes place during National Pollinator Read more about Southwest Honey’s Bees & Brew event aims to be ‘sweet’ experience..: News Sentinel[…]
Article from The Journal Gazette, by Terri Richardson … Megan Ryan, lead educator and beekeeper with Southwest Honey Co. in Fort Wayne, says dandelions are the first spring flower and often get a bad rap. “We encourage people not to hate on the dandelions so much,” Ryan says. She also suggests that people not treat Read more about What All The Buzz Is About: Journal Gazette[…]
Article and video by WANE TV, Sara Schaefer- My Home Town A lot of our food consumption starts from pollination from honey bees. Experts predict if their decline continues at the rate it’s going now, honey bees could be extinct by 2035. This is a global trend. The people at Southwest Honey Co. are determined Read more about My Home Town – Southwest Honey Co.: WANE TV[…]
Article from the Waynedale News Southwest Honey Co. has been working hard over the past couple of years to generate awareness within our community of the difficulties that honey bees are facing on a daily basis. Many have shown support by purchasing honey or perhaps attended an educational event “Explore the Honey Bee” for kids Read more about Adopt A Hive: Waynedale News[…]
Ingredients Salad 1 lb – baby potatoes, cut in half 2 – ears corn, husk removed 2 tablespoons – olive oil, divided 1 – jalapeno, seeds removed and minced 1/2 cup – red pepper, diced 3 tablespoons – red onion, finely diced 3 tablespoons – cilantro, finely chopped 2 – scallions, thinly sliced salt and Read more about Grilled Potato Salad with Honey Chipotle Vinaigrette: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2 cups – fresh blackberries 3 tablespoons – honey 3/4 teaspoon – black pepper, freshly ground, divided 2 cups – ricotta, store-bought 1 tablespoon – lemon zest, grated fine on a micro plane 1 tablespoon – chives, fresh, minced 2 teaspoons – rosemary, minced 1 teaspoon – kosher salt 1 round – sourdough bread Read more about Buzzy Bruschetta: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy recipe[…]