Honey Pond Farm is a small, honey bee operation located outside Athens, Georgia, which specializes in teaching classes, raising queens and 5 frame nucleus colonies (nucs). It has been our goal, from the beginning, to concentrate on quality versus quantity and hence return to a gentler approach to raising bees in a more sustainable way which is safer for the environment, the bees and the beekeeper.
Classes offered at our farm in 2019:
Queen Rearing Classes 2019, May 3 & 4: Please check out the queen rearing page for more information about the classes. if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an email.
Beekeeping Boot Camp on How to Keep Bees Alive 2019: Over the years, I’ve been involved in numerous “Beginning Beekeeping” classes, in which a large group of folks sit all day and learn about bees from a variety of experts. This is all well and good, however, for the beginner, there needs to be more of a “hands on” workshop in which the student spends the majority of the time working a colony and not sitting in a class room. This year, we decided to open our farm and apiary to instructing beginners (or anyone interested) on how to keep bees alive and our first class was a huge success. The students really enjoyed learning all about bees and then some taking home their first nucs.
The first workshop will be held in April, 2019 (dates to be determined) from 9am – 5pm. Lunch, beverages and snacks will be included along with a copy of First Lessons in Beekeeping. Cost for each student will be $150 and class size will be extremely limited to ensure each student receives personalized instruction. If you are interested in the class, email me at email@example.com and we’ll get you more information. We have been keeping bees alive for 20 years now and we can show you how to as well.
Early Nucleus Colonies are Sold Out for 2019:
We are no longer taking orders for our 2019 early spring nucleus (nucs) .
We are still taking orders for our later nucs which will hopefully be ready end of April, or first part of May.
For both early and later nucs, we will do our best to provide you with colonies of bees, however Mother Nature is in control. If the weather turns cold and rainy or worse, we may have to delay or even cancel orders. Bees are an agricultural product and their wellbeing and availability depends on the weather. If this is a concern to you we understand if you want to find your bees from a different source. Thank you!
Please visit our nuc page since we have made some significant modifications to how we will be selling our nucs. If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The pick up location is outside of Comer, Georgia which is about 20 minutes east of Athens. We do not ship nucs. If you are interested in purchasing a nuc/s for 2019, there is more information on the nuc page about our beekeeping philosophy, pricing and how to order.
Yours was the best bee class! We learned so much and are now confident we can keep our bees not only happy but alive. Thank you! – GA
We purchased your bees last year, and they are, by far the best bees we’ve ever had the privilege of working, THANKS!!! Now can we buy more???? – GA
Your bees are the best ever! – GA
I love your bees and will only buy from you. – SC
Best hives I’ve had in years, Thank you! – GA
These bees are NUTS!!! They are amazing!! – Bill S.
The bees I got from you last year were so calm and mild and did so well in our area, I wouldn’t think of going anywhere else. – NC
I bought a nuc from you last year, best hive I have. – NC
And, thank you for the great queen bee. . .we’ve crowned her Queen Sophia! – NC
Your queens are amazing! – NY
These great ladies took the prize as leading my most productive hive (of four) last summer. – NH
The queen you sent to me last year is going through the roof this spring! Only time I have ever added a super to a hive during the first inspection. – NH
She is a fabulous queen. Thank You! – GA
Thank you so much for the wonderful nucs I purchased from you this year. They are by far the best bees I have bought in six years of beekeeping. They have been going gangbusters since day One and are overflowing with honey. I am so, so pleased. – GA
Your girls nearly filled a medium super of foundation in about 10 days. That queen and her girls are machines. I was able to work them with no smoke or a veil. Travis Bayne – SC
Your Bees Rock!!! Keep up the good work! – GA