Making it through winter is only half the battle. Colonies need to come through healthy and build up fast to get the most out of our short, intense nectar flows. Read more about our breeding criteria.
With the right amount of sun and rain, there will be lots of nectar to collect. It's important for bees and their keepers to be able to work together to make honey. Read more about our breeding criteria.
Our region's harsh winters put honey bees to the test. Colonies must be strong and smart with their stores to endure these long periods and sub-zero temperatures. Read more about our breeding criteria.
Breeding Bees in Minnesota for All Four Seasons.
Four Seasons Apiaries keeps honey bees in Minnesota year-round. We are working toward maintaining a diverse population, and breeding from colonies that have done well in our climate. Our breeding program aims to propagate genetics well suited to our area and mitigate the use of treatments. By staying connected to research, other beekeepers, and our own bees, we will adapt to the challenges honeybees face.