PACIFIC CREST APIARIES
We find it necessary to place this
information first and foremost, to help keep new beekeepers and lovers of honey bees informed:
For new beekeepers and for
those who happen to have colonies of honey bees within 3 miles where the
California Buckeye tree grows:
in our website, under "Misconceptions and Enemies of Honey bees", we list California Buckeye as one of the
"enemies". We find it necessary to mention it on the "first page" of our website.
It is that important! Please take time to read the following: California Buckeye is a
deciduous tree which is very prolific in these areas. It is
a beautiful tree, with creamy white, very fragrant flowers. This tree's pollen, when taken by honey bees to feed
the brood in the hive or colony is very poisonous. When honey bees emerge from their cells, they are rendered wingless.
The pollen from California Buckeye which is stored in the wax cells and fed to young brood, can remain in the colony and continue
it's damage until all of the bees are dead, mostly from starvation. (For worker bees to forage
for food, they must be able to fly) The "poisonous" pollen remains in the cells, which can
have an effect on future colonies you may place in the same box, using the same frames! Instead of mentioning
that we should erradicate this tree, which incidentally would be impossible, we only want to inform new beekeepers who do
not know about this tree's poisonous effects on honey bees, to be aware. Just make sure your colonies of bees
are at least 3 miles away from any buckeye tree(s). Before placing colonies any where, always check the surroundings!
.... And, now... "Our Story":
Over 60 years ago, Ed Mumm, Sr. tended his first beehive. Having
so many years' experience might constitute an award for "hanging in there" through thick 'n thin.
For Ed, these days, tending honeybees is like breathing: it just occurs naturally.
Of course he does have a schedule, sort of. His schedule doesn't
necessarily include any calendar of the "whens" or "wheres" of keeping our honeybees. I guess you
could say that his special schedule is in his heart and soul: it's a part of his spirit.
My education began 20 years ago. Once I learned about these amazing creatures, I was "hooked".
There is no doubt in my mind that they are totally awesome!
With all of the experience we have
together, we are still learning about honey bees. I don't think that there is one person out there who knows everything
there is to know about this subject. It is a never-ending education and continually churns my fascination.
Ed and I are asked questions about our hobby quite frequently. I thought that I would answer some of those
questions here and share some interesting facts. I also came up with the idea of taking pictures while working on our
bees throughout the year. You might say that this website is a "Honey Bee" picture album with a beekeeper's
"take" on some of the many aspects of beekeeping.
WHY APIARIES AND NOT A-P-I-A-R-Y?
that "pops" up occasionally is,
does your bee farm name have the word, "Apiaries" (plural) instead of "Apiary" (just one)?"
The answer: Because
an Apiary is one place or location where colonies of honey bees are kept. If we only had colonies
at one location all of the time, then we would be considered as having just one apiary.
OUR LABEL AND OUR LOGO
Around the 60's, Ed's "home-grown" honey became quite
popular with the neighbors and with friends. He found out that he sure had a lot of friends all of a sudden!
And, quite a few friendly neighbors, too.
As time went on, a need for a label
and a name for his bee farms was necessary. It wasn't until the mid-70's that he finally got around
to getting a label and a logo for his hand-bottled and hand-processed raw honey.
For more on this, click on:
WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE OUR LOCAL WILDFLOWER HONEY:
Besides obtaining our honey at our apiary, you can also find it at:
Brother's Market - 202 Buena Vista Drive - Freedom, CA - 831-786-8938
Corralitos Market - Corner of Corralitos Road and Browns Valley Road - Corralitos, CA
DEDICATION OF THIS WEBSITE:
To the men and women who are genuine in their desire to help
the honey bee flourish. To those who are honest in their day to day work as beekeepers and who desire to unselfishly
give themselves to this honorable profession.
And now, read and enjoy our website!
Come back and visit every once in awhile. I am constantly adding and changing content.
Thank you for taking the time in a never-ending "hustle and bustle" life we live today.
Pacific Crest Apiaries