2017 BEES FOR SALE

Package Bees, Overwintered Nucs, and Mated Queen Bees

3 Pound Packages
We are providing cold-hardy queen bees for packages brought to the Hudson Valley, NY, by Erich Kress in April and also for NY grown packages Erich usually starts in later May in Livingston, NY. Contact Erich for bees, kresserich@ymail.com, 518-567-4123.
Langstroth Nucs
For Vermont overwintered, treatment-free Langstroth nucs in Benson, VT, contact Tim Mcfarline, Mcfarlineapiaries.com, tmcfarline2@yahoo.com, 802-558-5382.
Treatment-Free Queen Bees
Anarchy Apiaries is now taking orders for mated queen bees. Shipping and pickups start in February.
We keep around 14 families of diverse lineages (I mean, survivor mutts). We are promoting Russian-type stock for winter hardiness, pollen hoarding, and disease resistance. We have Italian-type stock that maintains bigger clusters, responds quickly to stimulus, and likes longer broodrearing seasons. Our queens are certified-European by FDACS. By April, we start raising cells from only northern-based families unless requested (orders of 50+ queens). We graft from 2+ year old queens from two different families each week and generally provide both families in each queen order. On request we can provide the breeder numbers for the queens we provide, and we appreciate feedback on their performance. Queens are caught at three weeks after cell placement, with their own capped brood present. All bees are treatment-free since 2005 and will continue to be so. We have seen the good, the bad, and the bugly.
1-14 queens $35 each, plus shipping USPS Express $23, with attendants in the cages. Remove attendants before introduction if you are sure you won’t lose the queen.
15-29 queens $33 each, plus shipping UPS, 1 – 2 day, price varies, with cover bees in battery boxes.
30-49 queens $30 each. 50+ queens $28 each.
Pickups - $30 each, minimum 2. Pickups are in Broward County, FL, February-March, and Columbia County, NY, April-August.
Marking is available upon request for $2 per queen.
A limited number of second year (white dot), NY raised queens are available for potential queen-raising purposes. $100 each.
TO ORDER
Email is preferred: anarchyapiaries@hotmail.com. Texting is also a viable option, 406-396-8357, and preferred over voice messages. The phone makes my head hurt.
Please order as soon as you know your shipping date (a Monday or Tuesday) to reserve. If we do not respond within a week, likely nothing is available at that time. Once your order is confirmed by us via email/text, we will next contact you by two days before your shipping date, with payment due then via credit/debit card/PayPal online or by mailed check/money order.
We prefer that these queens not be used in emergency situations- fixing hives with laying workers or hopelessly queenless and broodless situations. Even if the queen is accepted, by the time new offspring emerge the population will crash. Instead, we recommend making back-up nucs during peak season. Make one or more nucs per large hive, feed them VERY well, and support them to get through winter.
We recommend making splits with clean, well-nourished brood. Beyond visual inspection, the best way to assure the health of brood is by using it for a split 6 weeks (2 brood cycles) after its hive’s last brood break- that is, 6 weeks after installing from a package or swarm or 6 weeks after the hive requeens itself by swarming, superceding, or splitting. We recommend all beekeepers raise their own queens during swarm season by whatever means- using natural emergency cells, swarm cells, cut combs, or grafting. It’s not about whether you treat your bees or not, it’s about if you are making bees every year or buying bees every year. If you are good enough at making bees, then you can go treatment-free. It’s taking the challenge of beekeeping to the next level and the next generation. We hope to provide some genetic lines that will further your hives towards resilience. Bees have taught me to have faith in the adaptability of nature and that everything will basically bee ok.
Take it beezy.
Sam
Email: anarchyapiaries@hotmail.com
Text: 406-396-8357
www.anarchyapiaries.org

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

F A Q

What’s all this then?

Anarchy Apiaries is a 501c3 non-profit organization (thanks to the help of our friends at the FBBA and beeunderstanding.org). Our mission is to
1) make more beehives than televisions, and
2) have a good time, all the time (with bees).

Anarchy Apiaries is the treatment-free, fly-by-night bee operation started by Sam Comfort, who began raising queens from survivor stock in 2005. We provide/donate mated queen bees, nucs, and package bees, as well as teach beekeepers to do it themselves on their own homesteads while keeping parasite and disease levels down through the bees’ own strengths. We look at the health of the global hive through a trifocal lens: genetics, management, and nutrition.

Anarchy Apiaries runs around 800 hives (a mix of Langstroth, top bar, and modified-Warre “Comfort” hives) up and down the east coast with concentrations of localized gene pools in both the Hudson Valley, NY and south FL. All of our hives are not treated in any way, and once they reach teenager age (ten combs or more), they are cut-off from any supplemental feeding and are not moved. Our queens are raised from 3-4 year old mothers and mated in areas of survivor drone saturation.

If you find this work meaningful, you can support us financially by using the donate button to the right or left. We can support the future of the bees we care for by planting lots and lots of nectar-producing trees.

What are the goals?

Our recent goals include the distribution of mite-and-disease-tolerant, cold-hardy mated queen bees, facilitating Beekeeping Bootcamp hands-on trainings, setting up every 7-year-old with their own bee hive, reinvigorating our own NY bee club- the B. A. N. D. (Beekeepers Association of Northern Dutchess), the New Bee Circus travelling bee medicine/training/puppet show, and modifying our bee-hauling van to run on waste vegetable oil.

Long term goals include

BEE DAY AUGUST 27, 2016

Annual Bee Day!
FREE COMMUNITY EVENT
at Great Song Farm
Saturday, August 27th, 12-4pm
Bee-yard tours for all ages and potluck lunch with beekeeper, Sam Comfort
Great Song Farm | 475 Milan Hill Rd. | Milan/Red Hook, NY | 12571 | www.greatsongfarm.com

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Tell Bayer what Bob Dylan said:

There oughta be a law against you comin around.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6076/1555

2012 ANARCHY APIARIES ALMANAC


It's here!
BEEKEEPING SURVIVAL GUIDE

Click above, or below. This year’s Anarchy Apiaries Almanac is a condensed mini-zine. One side folds up to eight mini pages, some cutting required. The back is unfolded to read a timeline and extracurricular activities. To print, it's best to fit the size to the page.

I’ve attempted to include everything you might want to know to start and keep a hive of bees on ONE PAGE. Let me know how I did!

Please distribute this! The AAA is free to all. Any donations help me edit and distribute. Contact me and I’ll mail you an AAA and some bees too.

May the bees be with you!
Sam
anarchyapiaries@hotmail.com

SWARM THE STATE (of Hawaii)

Perhaps Hawaiian beekeeping is in its darkest hour. Beekeepers on the big island are getting an earful of “do this” and “do this” and “don’t do that!” I figure the last thing needed is for me to add to the pile- and besides, I run Anarchy Apiaries: anarchy does not make rules for other people, bees, or beekeepers. The best use of my energy is to BOOST MORALE. Bees have a unique resilience. The more bees die, the more they live. My bees and my story are just an example.

I’ve always done what I think the bees are telling me to do, but really that seems to come down to doing whatever I like. What I really like to do when in groups like W.A.S. is to talk about the bees that keep me, where they come from, how great I think they are, and how I am running a bee business, mostly selling top bar nucs, shaking packages, raising queens, and doing honey CSA shares, with minimal inputs and no treatments while under the pressures of varroa, nosema, hive beetles, global weirding, and whatever else is out there. This is working for me; while all bees have inherent value, my primary interest is quality of life for them and me.

I would like to say that I won my first hives in a poker game, but it wasn’t so sweet. I started out commercially working for a 1000 hive stay-at-home operation in Vermont. I got paid (not much but worth it) to get stung, and there were hard lessons that first exhausting season in 2002. I learned that all bees everywhere were not doing as well as they used to. Now that story is a national phenomenon that grows bigger every year.

BEE DAY

Buzz!

In lieu of yet another incredibly fun and cheerful meeting, for June the B. A. N. D. (Beekeepers Association of Northern Hoopla) is invited to join the Hudson Valley CRAFT group for a Bee Yard Tour at the Germantown Community Farm, Tuesday, June 28, 6-8 PM. Bring some snacks if you are the hungry type. The GCF hosts Anarchy Apiaries, the Fog and Thistle CSA, the Good Fight Herb Co., and founders of WGXC Community Radio. It's a great and happening place!

Stay posted for more events (featuring even more advanced notice), such as the launching of the Backwards Beekeepers Club of NYC - proliferating wingnut insect stewardship - July 9 and 10 at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn. And come to our annual Field Day Potluck at the Cedar Cliff Bee Yard, which is now also the Great Song Farm CSA, later in July. It's all gonna bee HUGE!

Bees on the Brain,

Sam
www.anarchyapiaries.org

Gleanings from 2010 - The Year of the Bee

I am humbled and in awe of this Old Family hive, which I removed in Copake, NY, in June, 2010. They wintered in Germantown and came through strong. There was three buckets of honey. A beautiful queen. I did not wear a veil. These are the bees that traverse dream and reality. I am under their tutelage.

I’ve recently finished reading Honey Bee Democracy, the new book by Tom Seeley at Cornell. In the book, he describes 60 years of swarm behavior observations, from Martin Lindauer to present. Not only are the dances of the scouts decoded, but Seeley has investigated how the hive mind furiously dance-debates potential nest sites, then reaches an accurate and timely decision, and then acts on it (10,000 bees at once), much like the three-pound human brain thinks. Seeley goes further to compare the mental capacity of the hive to decision making at New England Town meetings, what he calls, “arguably the most authentic form of human democracy in the world,” where decisions are made in regards for the community, both individuals and the whole, and leadership is restricted, if present at all. Seeley’s countless experiments together add mesmerizing depth in our understanding of hive wisdom. It is the most all-encompassing research I have seen that reinforces the fact that the hive can do anything. There are certain bees that make it possible. And it concludes that bees could even guide humanity to a more peaceful future. I hope that this book, like this epic Copake hive, makes beekeepers pause and consider our intrusions. How could we know better than the bees?

2010 ANARCHY APIARIES ALMANAC

Click the title above to download the book. A life-long work in process. Really needs another edit, some second opinions and fact-checking, but Enjoy. If anyone wants to publish it, go ahead. If Derrick Jensen wants to write a prologue, that would bee awesome. Use it. Abuse it. These machines kill facists. Continued apologies for lack of pictures, drawings, grammar, decency, just hope it helps you out.
Buzz. I'm back from Arizona. check this out -http://www.vimeo.com/10159341

2010 is the YEAR OF THE BEE

2010 ANARCHY APIARIES ALMANAC

Buzz, that's right! Days getting longer.. the sun will shine! Getting done 2010's version of the Anarchy Apiaries Almanac. It's not all that differnt from the 2009 Anarchy Apiaries Almanac, but there is a great new bear story.

It's FREE and will always bee free.

I've promised this to a lot of folks- the link will be here soon. (I don't know how to do it yet.)

UPCOMING GIGS:
March 5-7+, Oracle, AZ
The Southwest Treatment Free Beekeeping Conference. Yes, we are building an army.

March 14, Coral Springs, FL, 4 PM
The Broward County Beekeepers Association: Top Bar Beekeeping in Florida.

March 30, Fairfield, CT
The Backyard Beekeepers Association. Anarchy Beekeeping with the Top Bar Hive.

March 31, Bard Prison Initiative, Bard College,
Annandale, NY

April 1, Keene, NH - Monadnock Beekeepers Association. wow, Spring is coming.

April 24-25 - Outlaw Beekeeping in the Fine State of Mississippi

what would make a beeautiful world?
bee beeautiful
sam

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