Honeybees

 
 

MEVO cultivates anywhere from ten to twenty hives of european honey bees in the apiary on our farm. Honey Bees are crucial to any healthy farming operation. Not only do they increase farm field production by up to fifteen to twenty percent (crop depending) but they encourage increased fertility in the surrounding environment. At our farm, that means the woods of Campgaw Mountain Reservation and surrounding suburban neighborhoods; honey bees are known to forage upwards of three to five miles from their hives! We also keep honey bees because now more than ever it is important to do what we can to preserve our powerful pollinators whose population is in danger due to factors like chemical laden lawns & fields, the Varroa mite, and mismanagement from industrialized beekeeping practices. Without honey bees many of our favorite fruits like squash, watermelon, apples, zucchini and more would be non-existent. A world without honey bees would mean no honey and soon after no humans. Once a year during late summer, we harvest honey from our hives, taking enough for us to sell and give to our CSA members but leaving plenty for the bees own stores for the winter.