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Our Apiaries

We currently have 6 apiaries in Queens, NY, 1 in Wallkill, NY, 1 in Montgomery NY and 1 in Locust Valley, NY. Our goal is to choose sites that will be suitable to raising happy colonies of honeybees. All of the properties we have apiaries on are owned by very environmentally aware people who host us to help the survival of honeybees in the area. Each apiary is listed below, please click each one for a photo and to learn more about the site.

We are extremely happy and proud that we are the first New York City beekeepers to be included in the New York State Grown & Certified program. All products from our apiaries are able to contain the special seal from The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

LIC Roots Community Garden

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Where it all began.......

After finishing the NYCBA beekeeping classes in March of 2012, Tom was introduced to the director of this wonderful little garden in LIC.

He offered his section for us to install our first hive of honeybees and we were able to do it in April of 2012.

In 2013 extra land was given to the garden and we were able to move into our own area in this new section. We now keep 2 honeybee hives in the garden.

The honey from these hives is bottled in our Zip Code Local Honey 11101 LIC as well as in our Queens Blossoms Honey.

Hellgate Farm Apiary

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In May of 2012, we added another hive on the rear roof of a wonderful Urban Farm in Astoria.

Even though we have a no ladder beekeeping policy, Rob the owner promised that we would eventually not have to use a ladder to access the site.

Rob and his crew built a beautiful deck up to the 2 honeybee hives we had on the roof. We then slowly moved the colonies across the deck 3 feet a week until we got them to their new locations overlooking the farm and the chicken coup.

The honey from these hives is bottled in our Zip Code Local Honey 11102 Astoria as well as in our Queens Blossoms Honey.

Glendale Backyard Apiary

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In May 2019, we had to relocate a new Brooklyn Apiary. A nice local couple asked us to put it in their backyard. We will be experimenting with making Cut Comb Honey in this hive. If all goes well we should have a very limited amount available. Please stay tuned.

Ridgewood Rooftop Apiary

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While selling honey at The Ridgewood Market in 2013, we met a gentleman who used to have honey bees kept in his backyard until neighbors complained.

He owns a 3 story building that was originally built in 1931 as a Masonic Lodge. He offered to let us keep honeybees on the roof.

We happily accepted as there was elevator service up to the roof. We installed 2 hives of honeybees there in the spring of 2014.

He also had another beekeeping friend with other hives on the roof. Late in the 2016 season, we started to also take care of his 5 hives.

The honey from our hives on this roof is bottled in our Zip Code Local Honey 11385 Ridgewood as well as in our Queens Blossoms Honey.

Locust Valley Apiary

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In early 2016, a beekeeper friend of ours told us about a gentleman in Long Island that had 5 acres of property and was interested in hosting an Apiary.

After meeting him and seeing the property, we decided it was time for our first non-NYC apiary.

In April 2016, along with his help, we installed the first packages of honeybees on the property.

Now we have 5 hives of honeybees that are frequently visited by the chickens, peacocks, and bunnies that live on the property in The Locust Valley.

We harvest honey here in July for our spring honey and September for our fall honey. It is bottled as our Gold Coast Honey.

Glendale Backyard Apiary

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In May 2019, we had to relocate a new Brooklyn Apiary. A nice local couple asked us to put it in their backyard. We will be experimenting with making Cut Comb Honey in this hive. If all goes well we should have a very limited amount available. Please stay tuned.

Martin Luther School Apiary

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We meet people all the time that ask us if we would put honeybee hives on their property. Most of the time we find the property not suitable for a variety of reasons.

We met one of the teachers form Martin Luther at a market where we were selling honey. She thought it might be a great idea to have honeybees at the school.

She spoke with the decision makers and it was decided to do it in the spring of 2016. We had the students get involved by painting the hive boxes and installed the honeybees in May.

It was a difficult first season, but we were able to get a small amount of honey that we bottled for the school to distribute.

Our future plans for these hives is to educate the students and faculty about honeybees and the need to protect and raise them, and possibly use some of the honey in fundraising for the school.

In April of 2019, we added a 3rd hive to this rooftop.

The honey from these hives goes into our Zip Code Local Honey 11378 Maspeth and our Queens Blossom Honey.

Magnanini Winery Apiary

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Tom and his wife Barbara have been friends with the Magnanini family for over 30 years. They have grown from a small family farm winery adding a beautiful restaurant and now a distillery over the years. It has always been a place that we could go to unwind, share some stories, and enjoy great homemade food.

After talking about putting in honeybees on the farm for years we finally put 6 new hives on the property on May 2, 2019.

Tom used these hives for his project while working on his Master Beekeeper Certification from Cornell and to see if there is a possibility to expand the apiary in the future.

Robert Magnanini uses honey to make the Honey Grappa and will be using honey from his property to have an estate-made Honey Grappa once these hives start producing.

The honey from these hives will be sold at the winery's tasting room, used at the restaurant, and maybe even become Magnanini/Wilk Meade in the future.

In 2020, the decision was made to expand this site. Robert leveled a nice area overlooking the vineyards. We set up our largest (to date) apiary that can hold over 25 hives. We decided to only use New York bred honey bees here and to start breeding some of our own stock as well.

Ridgewood Rooftop Apiary

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While selling honey at The Ridgewood Market in 2013, we met a gentleman who used to have honey bees kept in his backyard until neighbors complained.

He owns a 3 story building that was originally built in 1931 as a Masonic Lodge. He offered to let us keep honeybees on the roof.

We happily accepted as there was elevator service up to the roof. We installed 2 hives of honeybees there in the spring of 2014.

He also had another beekeeping friend with other hives on the roof. Late in the 2016 season, we started to also take care of his 5 hives.

The honey from our hives on this roof is bottled in our Zip Code Local Honey 11385 Ridgewood as well as in our Queens Blossoms Honey.

Finback Brewery Apiary

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In 2013, our hometown of Glendale was blessed with the addition of a new business.

While tasting honey at an event in Bushwick in 2013 we met the owners of Finback Brewery. During conversation with them we found that they had a strong commitment to the neighborhood and environment and a curiosity about honeybees.

They also had a backyard that was perfect for keeping some honeybee hives.

In 2014, we started with 2 hives and now have 3 hives in the backyard at the brewery.

They only time people realize they are there is when the beekeepers come in our white suits with our smokers. The honey from these hives has been used in beer brewed at Finback and is bottled in our Zip Code Local Honey 11385 Glendale as well as in our Queens Blossoms Honey.

Montgomery NY Apiary

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In early 2020, Tom was contacted by 2 brothers with a large property in Orange County, NY. They did a great job setting up an apiary right next to their orchard. We are looking forward to servicing these hives over the years and having a special limited bottling of Orange County, NY honey once production increases.