We overwinter our bees in south Florida, where the warmth keeps them active throughout most of the winter months. The initial Brazilian Pepper bloom gives our bees a great head start for the cold months, but we have to monitor them carefully (especially the queens!) to make sure they will survive the winter and thrive in the spring. A good flow here means even our weaker hives should be able to come back and do just fine through the winter.
As the seasons change, our hives face certain risks, such as attack from parasites and being underprepared for the winter to come. From the mites feeding on our bees to the moths trying to destroy our hives, we have a lot of work cut out for us as we manage the safety of our bees. We must diligently check for signs of infestation and take steps to keep our hives as strong as they can be.
The late summer period is one of our least hectic, but most crucial times on Register Family Farm. With nectar production down and bee populations up, we have to focus less on making honey and more on the survivability of our hives. We're introducing new queens and making sure they're correctly mated so that they can lay a good pattern of workers and drones. A mistake here could spell doom for the hive.
Check-in with Register Family Farm and learn what it takes to produce our wildflower honey! After collecting nectar from the Chinese tallow trees, we have moved to the cotton fields. Learn about how we make additional honey bee colonies as well as the importance of honey bees as pollinators.
We are happy to announce that Register Family Farm has been featured on a local Florida news channel, which you can check it out here. Our family is so proud to be featured on WJHG, as it gives us the opportunity to spread our family’s story and our passion for high quality honey.