The Story of Huckleberry Hives
Hello! My name is Jodi and I am the beekeeper of Huckleberry Hives. The story of how I ended up here begins with helping my brother at Nith Valley Apiaries between my years at University of Guelph. I enjoyed interacting with customers and telling them as much as I knew about honey, which at that time, was little. As customers asked me questions, I began researching so that I would know the answer next time. This lead me into the wonderful world of bees, and as I learned I grew more and more fascinated. I began working with the bees, not just the honey and honey consumers.
Fast forward to now; I am several years into this venture of mine, with about 80 bee hives located in and around Perth County, Ontario. I have several years of bee breeding under my belt with Ontario Resistant Honey Bee Selection (ORHBS) program testing each year. In addition to bee breeding, I've also learned how to collect pollen and make beeswax candles. At Apimondia 2019 in Montreal, I attended a workshop where I learned how to make propolis tinctures. As I continue to learn about ethically harvesting and preparing hive products I hope to expand my product line to include a wide variety of honey and hive products.
However, my longer-term mission is to develop educational initiatives to help my community interact with honey bees and the many native bee species in Ontario via tours, pollinator plant education & a bee therapy program. I saw a small piece of that come together this past summer (2021) with the development of the Buzz About Bees experience!
Self-employment is both daunting and exhilarating for me. I hope that you will support my journey in whatever way you can, whether purchasing one of my products or sharing my business with someone you know.
Stay buzzy and bee well!