2015 marked the year when we finally gave into our bee-envy and became beekeepers. Our first exposure to beekeeping came ten years ago when a local beekeeper put ten hives on our place. We quickly became fascinated with these amazing creatures - how their hives were really more like complete communities dedicated to the survival of the whole not the individual.
We decided that our challenging elevation and climate could be mitigated somewhat by creating our "bee yard" in a portion of our barn. We re-purposed our old stallion's east-facing stall (he passed away in 2011) so that the hives would enjoy early morning light and warmth. Protected from the strong winter winds, heavy snow and the hot summer sun, this spot seemed perfect. Plus it was easy to add electric fencing to keep out the bears, raccoons, skunks and anything else that thought the bees and their honey were easy food.
We now have six hives and in 2018 they produced over 150 pounds of honey. We use a combination of standard honey extraction methods and the new, innovative Flow Hive, developed by a father/son combination in Australia.
You can find Fleur Creek Farm honey at several area locations including:
The historic Hillside Store and Post Office
Sunflower Natural Foods in Westcliffe, CO