A multiple-frame hive of Russian honeybees arrived at the farm on July 1. This is an established colony of bees purchased from the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The Nature Center needed to move the hive out of concern for its proximity to their young campers. Nobody likes a bee sting, especially at camp!

Why Russian? Because they have an innate resistance to mites, and do not require antibiotics. They are far less vulnerable to colony collapse. This honeybee variety originated in the Primorsky Krai region of Russia, the original native range of the varroa mite, and were imported to the US in 1997 by the USDA for breeding programs to improve the declining native populations of honeybees.

There are thousands of bees in the five frames of our new hive, and we look forward to them pollinating everything growing all over the farm. We received a pint of harvested honey along with the colony and can’t wait for the twice-yearly honey harvests in the future!