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.
I pursued my desire by working with my brother in his bee-yards and taking a queen-rearing course to learn all about grafting larvae for rearing new queens. It turns out I really enjoy the science-y grafting and manipulations of the natural processes within the hive that result in new queens that can be used to make new beehives!
Fast forward to now; I have taken a bee breeding course and am beginning my own queen and nuc business in Perth County, Ontario. My mission is to produce quality Ontario queens and nucs that participate in the Ontario Resistant Honey Bee Selection (ORHBS) program and are selected for disease resistance and gentleness.
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.
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!