Beekeeping - A Year in the Life

A Typical Year in the Life of Bloom Honey's Beekeeping Operation

Winter: From October through the beginning of February, our bees spend the winter at home near Jefferson Farms avocado ranch in Ventura County, California. During this time, our honeybees pollinate local blueberries, and we spread hives out among a dozen or so locations near eucalyptus, Brazilian pepper trees, vetch, willows, and other winter blooms.

Almond Pollination: In early February we haul the bees to the almond groves of California’s Central Valley where they pollinate the almonds in February and March. We leave some behind to finish pollinating blueberries which also run through March, and we also leave some on our avocado farm to cover early bloom.

Springtime in California: In Springtime as the days get longer the bees build up in strength and the queens are laying lots and lots of eggs. This time of year we spread the hives around and allow the bees to work productively doing different things: 

Honeybee on Orange Blossom (Citrus cinensis) Honeybee on Avocado Flower (Persea americana) - Somis, CA  California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)

Summertime in Colorado: We start moving the first hives to Colorado as early as May to build up strength on the dandelions which offer a rich source of nectar and pollen. Other hives won't get there until mid-June or even the end of June depending on weather conditions, pollination time frames, and regional honey flows. By the end of June, all of our hives are in South Colorado where they spend the summer making our signature varietal: the finest raw White Clover Honey available. 

South Colorado Terroir Bloom Honey bees arriving in Colorado Colorado flowers

 

At the same time, we also pollinate and make Canola honey. 

Fall: After pulling our Clover and Canola honey crop, we move all our beehives to the Rocky Mountain foothills where Chamisa “Golden Rabbit Brush” blooms vigorously between August and September. Chamisa provides a welcome lifeline source of pollen and nectar for our bees, allowing them to build up in strength after the main clover crop. Some years we are able to harvest small quantities of raw Chamisa Honey, a unique, highly medicinal variety. However, the health of our bees come first. That's why we leave most of the Chamisa honey in the hive for the bees - they need it to survive the winter. 

In October, we haul our beehives back to Southern California and the lifecycle of our beekeeping operation continues.