honey bees

Honey bees on the farm will pollinate our flowers.  Todd began a relationship with honey bees over 50 years when he and his brother Tom, 9 years old, bought their first hive for their family farm. They were enchanted by how industrious the bees were, giving them honey, pollen, propolis and beeswax for candles and salve. Around 40% of what is eaten is pollinated by insects, this to a great degree by honey bees. Because there are so few nectar & pollen plants on Thornhill Farm, we are planting these plants for the bees. We know the soil is worn out on the farm because our honey bees make so little honey. This is why we have pigs. When the forest is cleared, we do not burn the wood that is left behind, but chip it and mix these wood chips with manure and fungus mycelium to make piles of compost to improve the soil. Last summer we grew peas and oats as a green manure crop, and the pea flowers gave voluminous amounts of nectar to the honey bees and pollinating insects.


 Health & the Hive: A Beekeeper’s Journey

A Jan Cannon Film that explores the importance of honeybees in our lives through the seasons of Honey Gardens Apiaries, Todd and the team. Topics addressed in the film include pollination, queen breeding, disease control, bee venom therapy, organic agriculture and honey-based plant medicine. 53 minute dvd. $10 + $4 (shipping).
to order, send a check to: 198 Taylor Road, Greensboro Bend, Vermont 05842


writings & images about the honey bees of Thornhill Farm


Live from the Hive by Annie Watson – Winter 1997 to July 2015 archives

  • raw honey in healing and the treatment of wounded marine mammals An adult female sea lion that was admitted with a wound on her back. It is a contaminated wound and is quite deep involving several muscle groups along the spine. The honey seems to be very effective in lifting debris out of contaminated wounds. The animals tolerate bandage changes well and I am under the ...
  • Honey Gardens on the Food Network A feature from the series “My Life in Food” that includes Honey Gardens will be on national TV on Saturday April 11 @ 6:30 pm on the Food Network. Last summer Meriwether spent time with the bees, in the bee yards, as she taught about bees in Vermont and around her college in Colorado Springs, Colorado, ...
  • Live foods, Enzymes and Raw Honey It is not fresh news that the standard American diet (acronym is s.a.d.!) is not health supportive. For all least four decades, we have been listening to the medical community’s advice about the quality and quantity of fat and fiber in our diets, and the increased incidence of heart disease, diabetes (particularly Type II, adult ...
  • Experiencing Beekeeping Across The World I have always known honeybees to be gentle creatures. Working at Honey Gardens during high school I was around them often and never had a bad experience. Even when a bee stung me, I knew that she was sacrificing her life to give me her healing medicine. Last semester, Fall 2008, I studied in Ecuador ...
  • More than a truce Ellwire bee yard, St. Lawrence County, northern New York State – May 11, 2001 The snakes are everywhere today. Big fat snakes with little ones by their sides. Pairs of smaller snakes under most of the bee hives. I am finally getting used to them. Ellwire is consistently one of our best bee yards, and I love to ...