One in three bites of food we eat requires a pollinator, but bee populations especially are increasingly threatened.

To combat this growing problem, Rodale Institute started the Honeybee Conservancy in 2012 to explore treatment-free options for building more resilient colonies.

Our Philosophy

Our beekeeper prioritizes the long-term health of our conservancy and selectively breeds from only the strongest colonies each year. We rely on three philosophies:

  1. No chemical treatment
  2. Raise local bees only, as they are better suited to our climate and aren’t weakened in transit
  3. Leave more honey in the hive where bees can use it as nature intended

Take Our Virtual Beekeeping Course

In this online, on-demand course, you'll learn the basics of keeping a backyard honeybee hive from our resident treatment-free beekeeper.

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