We gave our first honey bee insemination class in June, 2016 at our site. 5 members of the Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Cooperative attended the two day class. The class went very well and we've decided to offer one in 2017. The class will be held in June, at our site. For more information, please contact us.
After almost 2 years searching, we've found a great location where we will relocate our breeder queen and bee breeding site. Our move will be completed early April, 2015. Our new location will be Anderson County in the South Carolina Upstate region. The VP Queen Bees 2015 breeder queen production schedule will not be affected by our relocation. *Update* The move went well. We are enjoying our new site very much! Adam & Kelly
My son, while in college, created his own web pages to comment on culture, music and to express his thoughts and emotions through his writing. His senior year he received a grant/scholarship. The grant stipulated he focus on agriculture and the environment. He chose to write about honey bees and apiculture in "The Bee Series". Below, find links to the essays and the video he made for the grant. I'm sure you will find them stimulating and enjoyable.
We are very pleased to announce that we have entered into an agreement (2013) with the USDA to receive VSH and Pol-line breeding stock from the USDA Bee Breeding Lab, to use in propagation and breeding of stock that expresses the mite resistant traits known as VSH.The agreement permits us to make available to the beekeeping public, breeding stock from known VSH sources as AI breeder queens or through insemination-ready honey bee semen. We use pure USDA VSH breeding material to cross with other VSH stocks and select for desirable traits including: superior brood and colony build-up, honey production, workability and gentleness: all show mite resistance. Some of our strains are also selected to over-Winter well if the colonies are kept in colder areas. We offer the Pol-line strain in addition to our VSH expressing VP VSH Italian and VP VSH Carniolan strains.
In the Spring of 2012, we received a call from reporter Rosanne Skirble at Voice of America. She wanted to interview us. We invited her out. She and her cameraman spent some time with us on a sunny day in April, 2012. She produced a short film and article on what we are doing. It was really interesting to see how this short film was made from her time visiting us.
Columnist Adrian Higgins from The Washington Post, contacted me in September 2011. He explained that with all the difficulties beekeepers and bees were having he wanted to write something positive about honey bees and beekeeping. He had heard of us and hoped to interview us. He wanted to write a story about our breeding efforts. We spoke several times and he visited some bee yards with me. He was interested, thorough and very good to work with-- I felt that he really cared about honey bee issues.
After the Washington Post story came out, our local Newspaper, The Frederick News Post wanted to interview us-- very exciting! I'll talk about bees and bee breeding for hours if anyone is listening. Kelly is less gregarious, but we both agreed to an interview with Courtney Pomeroy from the Frederick paper. She asked very good questions about our background and our breeding program. Later, they photographed us in one of our yards. There, we were feeding a candy we make for drone buildup. (Note: our yearly production of naturally mated queens was ~ 1500. Now, we make breeder queens exclusively. We aim to meet our yearly goal of 300+ artificially inseminated breeder queens).
We worked a bit with Charlie Brandts, the White House Beekeeper. He invited us down to the White House (roughly 30 minutes from Frederick, MD) to help pull honey supers from the his hive there, in May, 2010. We didn't know we'd get to be in the short movie: "the Bees". We helped Charlie pull supers, clear them and then check on the hive: Sam Kass from the White House was there too. We all had fun and the bees were really gentle and polite! I joined Charlie again a few weeks later to perfom an alcohol wash assay to determine the hive's mite load, and I marked the White House queen bee.