Beekeeper Resources

B E E K E E P E R   R E S O U R C E S

One of the best ways to have a successful bee yard is to get involved in your beekeeping community. Go to the meetings, chat about seasonal blooms, troubleshoot common problems, and learn a lot, while having fun with your neighbors.
To find your local bee club, visit our Local Bee Meetings page!


Interested in Getting Bees with Honey and the Hive?

Info on 2019 Nucs & Packages


Bee Informed:

The Bee Informed Partnership’s core idea is that we can learn more by studying honey bee health on a large scale than we can in individual lab experiments. Borrowing traditional methods of cancer research from human medicine, we gather huge amounts of data submitted by beekeepers to understand just two things: How many hives they lost last season and how they kept their bees during that season.


Scientific Beekeeping:

An excellent resource from practical experience beekeeping.


Sandhill Bees Tips from Meghan Milbrath:

Awesome writing and how-to's on the toughest and easiest aspects of beekeeping, including resources on "treatment-free."


P E S T   M A N A G E M E N T


Unfortunately, being a beekeeper means being a bee-pest-manager too. One of the most difficult parts of the practice is how to keep your pest levels at a sustainable rate, in order to keep your honeybees healthy.

A Field Guide to Honeybees and Their Maladies:
Downloadable pdf:


Tools for Varroa Management from the Honeybee Health Coalition:

Their mission is to collaboratively implement solutions that will help to achieve a healthy population of honey bees while also supporting healthy populations of native and managed pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.


Formic Pro Application video:


Pesticide Samples and Effects on Honeybees:

Note: the lower score of LD50 is more toxic


Article: Why Did My Honeybees Die?


L O C A L   P O L L I N A T O R

&   G A R D E N   G R O U P S

Having a beautiful, blooming garden can really help your bees on their way to being helpful and successful. Check out these awesome organizations and the work they do to help support our honeybees!

Organic Growers School


Organic Growers School is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Their hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships strengthen and celebrate each grower’s move towards self-reliance.


RootWise Landscape Solutions


RootWise Landscape Solutions, LLC specializes in providing Asheville and surrounding areas a wide variety of high-quality design, installation, and maintenance services for both commercial and residential properties. We’re experienced, punctual and attentive as we strive to not simply enhance, but also preserve each outdoor space through conscientious and sustainable practices. This is our chief goal, next to building a positive, professional relationship with our clients.



Are you worried that someone might be spraying pesticides and it is affecting your bees? Here is a link to the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:


Just a few of the reliable brands that we carry at our lovely shop.



Brush Mountain Bee Farm


Brushy Mountain Bee Farm was established by Steve and Sandy Forrest and opened for business in 1977. It began as a part time business with the office and wood shop in the home of Steve and Sandy. As the business grew more buildings were added and today it occupies over 30,000 square feet under roof with a woodshop, metal shop, sewing room, and warehouse space.

Brushy Mountain continues to expand and provide products from coast to coast and beyond. Their knowledgeable and courteous staff is available to provide you with the latest information. The future of the Bee Farm is invested in supplying the best quality, best service, and best support in the beekeeping industry.