Lisa Phillips (Round Tuit Farms)

This was my first swarm. I was glad to capture it but embarrassed that it was from one of my own hives.

This was my first swarm. I was glad to capture it but embarrassed that it was from one of my own hives.

I’m relatively new to beekeeping heading into my 11th year. I say I’m new because it seems the more I learn the more I figure out there’s so much I need to learn. I only queen with locally raised queens chosen for their resistance to mites and ability to over winter. I only use natural methods and no antibiotics.  Only five hives made it through the winter on Whidbey. None of the ones at my farm perished. I need to decide if that was due to poor management, wind-blown lids at the other farm or poor placement. With only five remaining hives I won’t produce a large quantity of honey this year. For now, I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge of honey and bees with anyone who will stop and visit at my market booth.