Honey Pond Farm is a small, honey bee operation located outside Athens, Georgia, which specializes in 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.
Queen Rearing Classes 2018: This year the queen rearing classes will be held April 13th & 14th, & May 25th & 26th. Please check out the queen rearing page for more information. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to drop me an email.
Beginning Bee Course on How to Keep Bees Alive: April 22cd, May 19th & June 9th. 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’ve decided to open our farm and apiary to instructing beginners (or anyone interested) on how to keep bees alive. For over 20 years now, we have kept bees alive and we can show you how to as well. The first workshop will be held on April 22cd, and the same class will be repeated, May 19th, & June 9th, from 8:30am – 5pm. Lunch, beverages and snacks will be included along with a signed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get you more information along with a syllabus.
Unfortunately, we are sold out of nucs for the 2018 season. We are taking a few names for the waiting list since we always have a few cancellations.
Nucs, weather dependent, are usually ready for pick up in April. 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 2018, there is more information on the nuc page about our beekeeping philosophy, pricing and how to order.
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