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Help Rogue Farms Grow Honeybees

Part three in our series, Beekeeping 101.


Rogue Farms honeybees return to the hive from foraging.
Rogue Farms honeybees return to the hive from foraging.

There’s no doubt honeybees and other pollinators are in trouble. US beekeepers lost 42% of their colonies from spring of 2014 to spring of 2015.

To the beekeepers credit, the overall number of colonies has remained steady for the past several years. But with losses mounting, they say they can’t keep going on like this much longer.

So how can you help the honeybee and other pollinators? Here’s the Rogue Farms National Pollinator Week guide to making a difference.

Chamomile flowers in the Rogue Farms Revolution Garden.
Chamomile flowers in the Rogue Farms Revolution Garden.

Plant More Flowers

The best way is to plant more native wildflowers, trees and bushes that produce pollen and nectar. Honeybees need both to survive.

A honeybee swarm at Rogue Farms. Swarming happens when a hive becomes overcrowded and half the bees leave to find a location for a new colony.
A honeybee swarm at Rogue Farms. Swarming happens when a hive becomes overcrowded and half the bees leave to find a location for a new colony.

The Xerces Society has a ton of information about what to grow in your part of the country.

Bee-Friendly Plant Lists
Wildflowers for Pollinators
Pollinator Conservation Resource Center

Our honeybees were so healthy this spring, we were able to split several hives and add more colonies to our 1,200-acre Rogue Farms apiary. This is how we grow more honeybees.
Our honeybees were so healthy this spring, we were able to split several hives and add more colonies to our 1,200-acre Rogue Farms apiary. This is how we grow more honeybees.

What Is Rogue Farms Doing?

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We want our honeybees to be healthy and happy. They pollinate crops for us, and provide the honey we use in our mead, kolsch, braggot and soda. They take care of us, so we take care of them.

Come out to Rogue Farms during National Pollinator Week and see how we grow honey, beer, spirits, ciders and sodas.

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