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Welcome -- Thank you for visiting.  Shelburne Point Apiary is family owned and operated.  Our bees are located in a central location on Shelburne Point and enjoy acres of wild flower-full meadows, black locust trees, and all that nature has to offer. 

Introducing a drone board to a spring nucleus colony
Here at Shelburne Point Apiary we practice using the well documented Biotechnical Methods for beekeeping which include cycling out and culling drone boards combined with bi-monthly sugar shakes using organic powdered sugar to help maintain a healthy and natural defense against the Varroa Destructor mite issue which has taken our local and national beekeepers by storm. 

This means that our hives enjoy the benefits of being treatment free from any and all chemical pesticides, miticides, essential oils, acids, antibiotics or any other medications.  We are a small outfit working hard at becoming completely sustainable.  Our focus is on building our hives resilience based on their genetic make up and breeding principals rather than removing selective external pressures via unnatural treatments.  This means we will go the extra mile to maintaining healthy hives without cutting corners.  We feel that when these practices are teamed up with observation, research, and our "survival of the fittest" mentality, our apiary will have the best chance to overcome and prosper through adversity year after year.

Our hive bodies are made of 1" inch Western Red Cedar and finished with my Uncle Jeff's very own Masters Blend Finish 100% Pure Tung Oil which I applied to their exterior for weathering the elements and providing a terrific natural finish for our bees to come home to.  The thicker hive body (ordinarily 3/4") are stronger and give our bees more insulation than the more common white pine used in other hives while providing further longevity and durability.

Each of our hives sits on a slatted bottom board to provide proper airflow and ventilation year round.  The buffer this provides the bees will help improve our queens laying patterns for ideal resource management while helping the hive's focus be on their colony's health and production helping to alleviate some of the stress from extreme weather patterns and other external factors that come our way.

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