Beekeeping

Owner’s Allen and Jill Methven started their beekeeping activity in 2010 when one of their sons moved to Alaska leaving behind one hive for Allen to take over.   Allen took classes and worked with some other local beekeepers and soon grew his bee population to 10 hives.  Jill assists him in harvesting the honey.  The honey is a beautiful clover blend that is usually available in the tasting room for purchase.  This is a hobby for the Methven’s and something they know is supporting the agricultural industry and a great service to the farming community and environment in general.

 

Honeybee Trivia

Some things you may not have known about honeybees:

  • Honeybees are one of the most important pollinators in Oregon agriculture transferring grains of pollen from one plant to another to fertilize the ovaries of flowers.  While some plants rely on wind, some self-pollinate, most flowering plants need the services of natural pollinators.
  • Honeybees increase crop yields.
  • Honeybees have 6 legs, 5 eyes and 2 sets of wings.
  • Honeybees have a caste system to get their tasks accomplished to ensure survival of the colony.  Each member fulfills a need that serves the group.
  • Thousands of worker bees, all females, assume responsibility for feeding, cleaning, nursing, and defending the group.  They attend to every need of the queen, live about 6 weeks and accomplish every chore unrelated to reproduction.
  • Male drones live only to mate with the queen, who is the only fertile female in the colony. Upon mating the drone dies, as that is its only reason for existence.
  • A newly hatched queen begins her life in a duel to the death with any other queens present in the colony and must destroy potential rivals that have not yet hatched.  She lays eggs and secretes a pheromone that keeps all other females in the colony sterile.  She lives 2 to 3 years.
  • It seems honey bee’s have been around for some 30 million years.
  • Honey is a natural unrefined food that does not spoil.
  • Minerals found in honey include iron, copper, sodium, potassium, manganese, calcium and phosphorous.

If you have interest in learning more or want to become a beekeeper, Allen and Jill will help you get started!