Our apiary - Boston Honey Company


Apiary (from the latin apiarium, apis meaning bee):
a place where bees are kept; especially: a collection of hives or colonies of bees kept for their honey.
- - Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Our apiary is spread across the farms of Concord, revolutionary battle fields of Lincoln, community centers in Weston, public park lands in Sudbury, horticultural plots in Wellesley, and many generous private sites from our home of Holliston to its neighbors and beyond.
We are all over eastern Massachusetts. If you keep an eye out you are bound to see us at work. You are also bound to spot our bees at work in your orchards, farms, and backyard gardens.

We maintain several hundred colonies over dozens of eastern MA locations. Our locations are carefully picked for access, a wide abundance of flowers, sustainability, water, natural protection from wind and flooding, and stewardship. We provide adequate forage space for our honeybees, locating our colonies by the capacity an area has for them. Flowers and bees are not limitless in function, so we respect those limits. Our number of colonies is proportional to what we can handle and sustain. We grow as we can, not as a matter of fact.

Sustaining our bees is a matter of care, detail, and planning. To make ourselves a self-sustained apiary, we have to target our goal year round. We raise our own queens, utilize strong bee lineages, and maintain a distinction between our honey producing colony stock and our replenishing stock. These tactics remove us from the industry standard of replacing overwhelming bee loss with out-of-state bulk bee purchases; a common practice in Massachusetts.

We want to further the inherent prosperity of the honeybee, not quell it; so our beekeeping is of the highest skill and the gentlest practice. We see our apiary as a standard for the industry and for Massachusetts.