Rob Niles (Shady Lane Bees)

Rob installing a package of bees.

Rob installing a package of bees.

Robert Niles started beekeeping in just the last few years. He brings a fresh look and enthusiasm to beekeeping that’s hard to beat. The best part for me (and you) is that Rob lives on Whidbey Island and wants to sell his honey at the local farmers markets. He named his apiary Shady Lane Bees. His hives are on the northern half of Whidbey Island from Admiralty Inlet all the way up to Deception Pass. Mostly blackberry blossom with a side of wildflower thrown in his honey recently won the best in show at the Whidbey Island Fair. Rob’s honey is raw, unheated and unfiltered (but gently strained – who wants dead bees in their honey?).

Always learning, Rob has a goal of raising and breeding honey bees that thrive in our mild and damp Pacific Northwest climate and of course, to provide Whidbey Island honey from Whidbey Island bees.