History

 



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THE ROCKY RIVER BEES STORY



2000:   PITTSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA

At the time, I had never been in a bee hive, and for that matter, I didn’t even know an active beekeeper.
But I did have curiosity and I ordered a package of bees out of the back of a magazine.
Started with a 3 pound package of “3 Banded Italian Bees” from Georgia delivered by US Mail.

9Pittsboro, NC  –  Spring 2001

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2000-2010: A DECADE OF HARD KNOCKS

Good times, bad times…
Sometimes you have to learn things the hard way- and there has been plenty of that!
One hive, two hives, three hives… ZERO!  And back again.

There are so many variables in beekeeping:
Diseases, parasites, weather, nutrition…

It has been said that Apiculture is the “Chess” of Agriculture.
And like Chess, Apiculture is something that is never fully mastered.

There is always something new to be learned!

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2010:   ROCKY RIVER  –  ASBURY COMMUNITY, NORTH CAROLINA
6 Miles South of the Circle in Pittsboro (as a bee flies)

 15 acres near the banks of the scenic Rocky River in beautiful Chatham County, North Carolina.
The perfect place for honey bees to call “home”…

Moved 3 hives from Pittsboro and the “Rocky River Bee Farm” is born.

bridge The Rocky River near Asbury Community in Chatham County, NC

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2015:   ROCKY RIVER BEE FARM

12 Hives and growing fast, “Rocky River Bee Farm” begins expansion.

10Rocky River Bee Farm  –  Summer 2015

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2016:   ROCKY RIVER BEE FARM

28 Hives and growing…

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2017:  ROCKY RIVER BEE FARM

50 Hives – 4 Chatham County Locations

IMG_4827Monster Hive: This one produced almost 100 pounds of honey

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2018:  ROCKY RIVER BEE FARM

Winter 2017-18 was devastating: Suffered over 50% losses!
Much of the year was spent rebuilding stock and overcoming challenges.
30+ Hives – 6 Chatham County Locations