Honeybee Conservancy

Saving honeybees through healthy hive stewardship

The Honeybee Conservancy at Rodale Institute began in 2012 in response to the major health problems that have decimated the honeybee population in North America. Colony collapse disorder (CCD) still results in a 30% death rate every winter for these valuable pollinators with no answer in sight.

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Due to this past winter’s losses, it was a struggle to the build our apiary. This spring, new Langstroth hives were built to provide a home for ten, superior genetic Russian bee colonies. These bees were provided by Champlain Valley Bees and Queens, in Vermont, a treatment-free apiary for the past twenty years.

With new hives and colonies, the goal is to build up the apiary. Grafting and rearing queens from superior genetics and making splits to larger colonies, ultimately expanding the apiary and growing a large, strong amount of bees.

In the future, we plan to have proven genetics that have survived varroa mites without any treatments. Those superior genetics will then be propagated over the following winter. As our apiary grows and bees are continuing to overwinter and surge for the next several years, we can then preform valid research on our colonies, in hopes to determine the cause of CCD. One day, we hope to sell organically raised, treatment-free bees as well as treatment-free honey to our audience.

Check the calendar for the next Honeybee Conservancy Training Course

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Volunteer at Rodale Institute’s Honeybee Conservancy!

We’re looking for a volunteer to work closely with Rodale Institute’s Beekeeper!

Working very closely with honeybees
Building equipment and hives
Landscaping possible hive locations
Maintaining apiary

More than a year’s experience working with honeybees
A learner with room to grow
Very passionate about honeybees
Minor carpenter skills
Flexible schedule - willing to volunteer late hours
Tractor driving/handling experience is a plus

If interested, please contact Rodale Institute Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@rodaleinstitute.org.

Our Honeybee Conservancy is supported, in part, by: