Warm Colors Apiary was founded in 2000 to produce fine regional honeys from western Massachusetts. Located on eighty acres of woodland, open fields and wetlands, the land provides a variety and abundance of nectar & pollen plants from early spring to late fall. Our mission is to develop, test and use beekeeping methods that improve the health of the honeybee. Through selective breeding we endeavor to manage a sustainable apiary system that minimizes the use of harmful chemicals, and employs the natural defenses and heritable behaviors that increase mite tolerance and strengthen the honeybee’s resistance to disease. Our goal is to raise honeybees capable of surviving the rigors of our New England winters, and having the individual & social immunities to withstand the stresses associated with honeybee decline. Our work focuses on using the best breeding stock, providing nutrition using natural sources of forage, and the early detection & prevention of disease and pests.
Italian, Carniolan, and Russian queens are available for pickup at Warm Colors Apiary, South Deerfield, Massachusetts. See the “Bee Orders” page for prices & details.
Join us for Bee Fest, Second Congregational Church, Greenfield, MA. Saturday 9:30AM-12:30PM as we celebrate Lorenzo Langstroth, the father of modern beekeeping. This years theme is pollinator gardens. Our first “Bee Space” awards will be presented by former Governor Deval Patrick (also a beekeeper), with keynote by Kim Flottum. Prizes, kids activities, and it is free.
We have a few openings for our special guest Kim Flottum (Editor Bee Culture Magazine and Author of beekeeping books) Saturday, June 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00PM. See our “Workshops” page for a description, and registration form.