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We Grow Bees By The Millions

There are no guarantees in farming. No matter how hard you plan, how hard you work, there’s always a risk that nature will throw you a little surprise and ruin everything.

Which is why success tastes especially sweet. And by sweet, we at Rogue Farms mean honey.

Our new one million honeybees are doing better than we ever imagined. The 1200 acre apiary along the Willamette River is bursting with the soft pink flowers of wild blackberries, raspberries and marionberries. Long finger like blooms appear to be dripping from the branches of Oregon White Oak trees. The summer nectar flow of the Wigrich Appellation is laying out a daily buffet of nectar and pollen for our honeybees to feast upon.

honeybee blackberry

A Rogue Farms honeybee collecting nectar from a wild blackberry flower.

With all this food and nice summer weather, the bee population is building fast. Rogue Beekeeper Josh Cronin is adding extra boxes to some of the hives so the bees will have more room to raise their brood. Overcrowding leads to swarming, where as many as half the honeybees in a hive can fly off and disappear. We love our honeybees and don’t want them running away from home.

josh hive box

Rogue Beekeeper Josh Cronin brings extra brood and super boxes to the Rogue Farms Honeybees. When the honeybee population peaks in late summer, each of our 119 hives will have two brood boxes and two super (honey storage) boxes.

With 1.97652 million honeybees the Rogue Farms apiary, we’re bound to have a few problems. Some of the hives will need new queens. A couple more hives will have to be merged.

But all in all, it’s a great start to the honey growing season at Rogue Farms. From hazelnuts, to wild flowers, to cherries and berries, Rogue Farm Wildflower honey is taste of the terroir of the Wigrich Appellation.

For more information about the Rogue Farms Honeybees, please click here.

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  1. Reblogged this on fiverrearn.

    June 6, 2013
  2. Go on with your bad selves, bees! I actually got to witness an almost-swarm a couple of days ago out here in Indiana – it was a little nerve-wracking, to be honest, watching so many bees rise up in a mad column of activity. They seemed to settle back down after about 10 minutes, but we may just not have seen where they swarmed to!

    June 8, 2013

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