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.

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.


Scientific Beekeeping- Randy Oliver:

Sangre de Cristo Beekeeping Club, Santa Fe:

Permaculture Santa Fe- Nate Downey:

Curtis Gentry’s Small Scale Beekeeping (Top Bar Manual):

Pollinator Paradise- Blue Orchard Bees (BOBS)- Dr. Karen Strickler:

The Bee Lab- Univ. of Minnesota- Dr. Marla Spivak:

Permaculture Institute:

New Mexico Beekeeper’s Association:

Boulder County Beekeepers:

Northern Colorado Beekeepers:

Colorado Beekeepers:

Michigan State Beekeeper’s Association:

Old Sol Enterprises- Oregon Grown Survivor Stock:

Honeybee Breeding Insemination Service- Dr. Sue Cobey:

VP Queenbees:

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education:

Mann Lake, Ltd.-Beekeeping Supplies:

Dadant and Sons-Beekeeping Supplies:

Betterbee-Beekeeping Supplies:

Formula Earth Products:

NM Apple Council | A-Bee Honey Co. and Pest Control: