A & Bee Provisions offers an all-inclusive honey bee management program for individuals, businesses, farms, and wineries in Napa and Solano Counties. Our service is customizable and suitable for cases as modest as backyard beekeepers needing mentorship or as demanding as commercial operations seeking the benefit of having hives without any of the responsibility. After an initial consultation with one of our beekeepers, A & Bee Provisions will design and implement an apiary plan tailored to your specific needs. The goal of our hive management program is to share with our clients the vitality bees bring to a property (more efficient pollination, increased cover crop, heightened biodiversity, and, of course, honey) while ensuring the health of the fragile colonies we oversee.
Hive Hosting Services
After our initial consultation and site assessment we will supply and deliver a honey bee colony (or colonies) from our stock along with custom hive equipment and place on your site. The reality we face today is the precarious health of honey bees due to pests and disease, lack of forage, and pesticide exposure. Consequently, we guarantee the health of the hives we manage. In the event a hive we manage is lost, A & Bee Provisions will replace the colony as soon as possible.
Routine Hive Checks
When the time comes, we will extract, bottle, and return the honey back to you. How sweet is that? Your honey will feature notes of the wildflowers and other forage that your bees find, making it unique to the environment in which you live.
Honey Harvesting and Bottling
Regular site visits will be conducted to ensure the colonies’ success. Our beekeepers will assess hive health and take necessary action. These actions may include swarm management, disease management, feedings, and mite level testing. Visits will normally occur on a monthly basis, but will vary depending on hive condition and time of year. Detailed hive reports will be delivered after each visit. Our visits are a great opportunity to learn! You will be notified in advance of these visits, and you will have the opportunity to participate in the hive inspection and receive beekeeping mentorship. For commercial clients, this time working the hive can be used as a team-building exercise. We can provide protective clothing and equipment.
A & Bee Provisions provides custom and durable hive equipment. A complete hive set contains all necessary components: a bottom board, two 10-frame deep boxes made with high quality pine, 20 frames, feeder, one inner cover, one insulated metal hive top, and stand. Hive boxes can include an optional viewing window and will be delivered in a natural wood finish. Custom paint options are also available.
Rates vary based on location, number of hives, and equipment options. Contact us for details.