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 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[…]
Article and video by WANE TV, Sara Schaefer- My Home Town FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – 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 Read more about My Home Town: Southwest Honey Co.[…]
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 The Waynedale News- Adopt A Hive[…]
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[…]
Ingredients ½ cup ketchup 2 2/3 tablespoons of honey 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce 2 cloves garlic crushed 6 (4 ounce) (1-inch thick) pork chops Directions Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Whisk ketchup, honey, soy sauce, and garlic together in a bowl to make a glaze. Sear the pork chops Read more about World’s Best Honey Garlic Pork Chops: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 3 ounces walnut halves (about 3/4 cup) Unsalted butter, room temperature, for pan 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan 1 cup raw honey, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons more for glaze 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 3 large eggs, room temperature 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger Read more about Walnut Honey Cake: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 1¼ cup – old fashioned oats 3 tablespoons – shredded coconut ½ cup – sliced almonds, finely chopped 1 tablespoon – hemp seeds, shelled (optional) 1 scoop – whey protein powder ½ cup – honey ½ cup – dried apricots, chopped ½ cup – peanut butter Directions In a medium bowl add the oats, Read more about Honey-Peanut Butter Protein Energy Balls: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
Ingredients 2 cups – Garbanzo beans 6 tablespoons – Lemon juice 1/4 cup – Canola olive oil blend 2 tablespoons – Sesame tahini 1 oz. – Garlic clove, minced 2 tablespoons – Kosher salt 1 tablespoon – Local honey Directions In food processor pulse beans, juice, tahini and olive oil until smooth paste. Peel and Read more about Alfalfa Honey & Lemon Hummus: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]
INGREDIENTS Cupcakes 2¾ c. all-purpose flour ¾ tsp. each baking powder and baking soda ½ tsp. salt ½ c. reduced-fat sour cream ¼ c. milk 1½ tbsp. grated lemon zest 4 tbsp. lemon juice ¾ c. unsalted butter ¾ c. honey ¼ c. sugar 3 large eggs Lemon-Honey Frosting 1 c. unsalted butter ¼ c. Read more about Lemon-Honey Cupcakes: Wednesday’s BUZZworthy Recipe[…]