My Home Town: Southwest Honey Co.

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 Honey Co. are determined to do something now before it’s too late.

You don’t have to worry. Honey bees really don’t want to sting you. Actually, they’re on a mission. “They’re very focused on what they’re doing which is finding nectar and pollen to create honey and survive the winter and they don’t really care what we are doing,” Megan Ryan said.

Ryan and her longtime friend Alex Cornwell are the creators of Southwest Honey Co. The two discovered a love and passion in honey bees and they want to the community to do the same.”It makes sense to do something now before they really start going extinct,” Cornwell said.

So they built their main home at the Southwest Conservation Club. “Southwest Honey Co. was founded with education in mind but also the preservation of honey bees and working towards sustainability and creating homes for bees that is healthy and natural and good for the bees,” Ryan said.

It’s an avenue for education and beekeeping designed for children and adults. A significant cause as experts predict honey bees are globally trending toward extinction. As the main pollinator for a lot of our foods, it’s a scary estimate. “All of our plants, our fruits, our vegetables. It would change a lot about the way we do agriculture and a lot in the terms of the food we have access to,” Ryan said.

We suited up to get up close and learn more. We ended up experiencing an incredibly rare moment. In the middle of thousands of bees, there she was. The queen bee. The hives were home to 60,000-80,000 bees. The first sheet we pulled out, she was on there. Then she started layng eggs, something even rarer to catch. Maybe it was our lucky day, or maybe the bees also want to get the word out. “They’re serious about their purpose in our ecosystem and our environment.  They aren’t here to bother us. They’re here to do their job.”

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More About Southwest Honey Co.

Raw, Local Honey & Gifts
Our unpasteurized and raw honey is bottled directly from the hive, so you can enjoy with confidence that it has pure nutrients, enzymes, and pollen. . .
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Learn More About Pollinators
We hold hands-on, fun and educational events and classes for kids (Explore The Honey Bee), adults (Bees & Brew) and seniors (Bees & Tea). . .
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Help Save Our Bees
Did you know that we can thank a honey bee for one of every three bites of food we take? Join in our cause to help save the bees. . .
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