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From the shores of Lake Superior to the banks of the Rio Grande, Quality through the Seasons.

Community Services

Zia Queenbee Co. and Superior Honey Farms are dedicated to assisting local, regional and national sustainability. Our community outreach services include:
• Beekeeping education
• Community presentations
• Farm tours
• Hive hosting
• Adopt-A-Hive

Please feel free to contact us - we look forward to hearing from you! Beekeeping is a dying art! Let's work together to keep it alive and well!

Beekeeping Education and Community Presentations

Both Zia Queenbee Co. and Superior Honey Farms offer presentations, exhibits, field days and educational seminars about honeybees and beekeeping. We have collaborated with various institutions: public schools, St. John's College, Tortugas Pueblo, community clubs like New Mexico Beekeepers Association, the Santa Fe based Sangre de Cristo Beekeeping Club, the ABQ Beeks, and science centers like the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, New Mexico State University Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center, Seeds of Change Research Facility, and others. We also donate honeybee larvae for rehabilitation of wild bird fledglings and hatchlings at The Wildlife Center in Arroyo Seco. To date, ZQB has exhibited at several profound events: Bioneers 2007 in Santa Fe, 2007 Western Apicultural Society (WAS) Annual Conference in Tucson, AZ, 2006 and 2008 National Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) Conferences in Wisconsin and Missouri, and various state meetings.

Melanie teaching interns

In August of 2006, we were selected to present a poster of our story at the National Sustainable Agriculture Research Education (SARE) Conference in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Following that success, we have applied for and been granted a Farmer/Rancher Grant from the Western SARE region for 2007. The Southwest Survivor Queenbee Project, funded by WSARE, is an innovative collaboration to develop a regionally adapted breed of queenbees for the Rocky Mountain and Greater American Southwest regions.

The Southwest Survivor Queenbee Project invites beekeepers in the Land of Enchantment and neighboring states to share their quality survivor stock with Zia Queenbee Company and then to receive the specially grafted and fecundated daughters of these prize queens called Rocky Mountain Reinas. The beekeepers will incorporate these survivor queen daughters into their hives and provide reviews of the progenies traits in order to improve regional honeybees. The Southwest Survivor Queenbee Project began in 2006 as an expansion of a Great Lakes survivor queen project initiated by Superior Honey Farms in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 2003.

Honey Bee Cells

Links

Scientific Beekeeping- Randy Oliver: http://www.scientificbeekeeping.com//index.php

Sangre de Cristo Beekeeping Club, Santa Fe:
katewhealen@earthlink.net
or http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=sangre+de+cristo+beekeepers

Permaculture Santa Fe- Nate Downey:
www.harvesttherain.com
www.sfpermaculture.com
backyarddigest.blogspot.com

Curtis Gentry’s Small Scale Beekeeping (Top Bar Manual): http://www.beekeeping.com/articles/us/small_beekeeping/homepage.htm

Pollinator Paradise- Blue Orchard Bees (BOBS)- Dr. Karen Strickler: http://www.pollinatorparadise.com/

The Bee Lab- Univ. of Minnesota- Dr. Marla Spivak: http://www.extension.umn.edu/honeybees/index.html

Permaculture Institute: http://www.permaculture.org

New Mexico Beekeeper's Association: http://www.nmbeekeepers.org

Boulder County Beekeepers: http://BoulderCountyBeekeepers.org

Northern Colorado Beekeepers: http://www.fortnet.org/NCBA/

Colorado Beekeepers: http://ColoradoBeekeepers.org

Michigan State Beekeeper's Association: http://www.michiganbees.org

Old Sol Enterprises- Oregon Grown Survivor Stock: http://www.oldsolenterprises.com/

Honeybee Breeding Insemination Service- Dr. Sue Cobey: http://www.honeybee.breeding.com/

VP Queenbees: http://www.vpqueenbees.com/index.html

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education: http://www.sare.org

Mann Lake, Ltd.-Beekeeping Supplies: http://www.mannlakeltd.com

Dadant and Sons-Beekeeping Supplies: http://www.dadant.com

Betterbee-Beekeeping Supplies: http://www.betterbee.com

Formula Earth Products: http://www.formulaearthproducts.com

NM Apple Council | A-Bee Honey Co. and Pest Control: http://www.nmapples.com

Melanie, Beekeeper