Honey Bees

Bee Chama Honey keeps bees. Lots of them.

This isn’t a major commercial operation or anything, but BCH has well over a hundred hives spread along the middle Rio Grande valley throughout the year, and we often work with a larger beekeeping family that includes commitments of labor and love to hundreds of hives spread across multiple states.

Beekeeping is an ancient occupation, as well as a passion for many of our Bee Chama volunteers. With the decline of Honeybee populations across the world, and the rise of awareness after the “Save the Bees” campaign gained some footing in the United States, this is the perfect time to learn about the importance of our pollinators and what their future means to our own.

Bees are so much more than buzzing insects. They are botanists, floral experts, scientists, medicine makers and chemists. Gathering pollens, nectars and resins with the highest concentrations of beneficial phytochemicals, enzymes, vitamins and trace elements for the hive, bee products are naturally antimicrobial, antibacterial and powerfully nutritious. Honey and pollen even have a measurable amount of protein!

The hive is like one Big BEE, with each individual acting in the interests of the whole. All for one, and one for all, these girls are about survival. And they are all girls, at least all the honeybees you see flying around on a nice summer day. We work with these feisty little ladies throughout the spring and summer, with the season beginning in late April and carrying through until late October. Success is about the survival and health of the hives as much as it is about the honey.

Some of the beekeepers we work with have been keeping bees for decades. Some of them have been doing this for generations. And some of our volunteers had never even thought about bees until the day we offered them a pair of gloves and a seat in the pickup truck. Personally, I’ve been learning about and working with bees since the spring of 2013, and I’m still amazed and nearly dumbfounded by the complexity of these insects.

If you are interested in learning about bees or coming out to volunteer in the summertime, send us an email at beechamafarm@gmail.com

 

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