our philosophy

The virtues of the honey bees' work and products have been praised since prehistoric times. They also serve as models for us: worksmanship, perseverence, dexterity and cooperation. They make little miracles in their hives, but also great miracles in our fields.

 

It is sometimes difficult to notice the results of their tireless work. They roam from flower to flower, looking for nectar and pollen. Adept at these tasks, it is perhaps when they lose a little of their bounty that they offer one of their greatest services: pollination. Indeed, many of the foods we eat, whether they be locally-produced or imported, require pollination in order to produce their fruits and to maximize yield and quality. In Canada, we can think of blueberries, apples, squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchinis, peppers, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, cranberries, sunflowers... and much more. Without bees, we would have much less choices when doing our grosseries and the few left would become considerably more expensive. We therefore believe that beekeeping is an essential component of our agroeconomical system and we therefore value these little workers to their proper worth.

 

Beekeepers have faced several serious problems in the last few decades. The drop of honey prices following the increased popularity of cane sugar and the importation of adulterated and contaminated foreign honey threaten the viability of many operations. The arrival of new pests, like tracheal mites, varroa mites, and the small hive beetle have ruined others. New pesticides, namely neonicotinoid systemic seed treatments, have weakened and destroyed many apiaries. The adoption of monocultures has created vast deserts where bees struggle to find any flowers. New agronomic practices have turned what used to be excellent bee pastures into similarly non-flowering deserts. And the same companies who are to blame for many of our problems try to present themselves as benefactors and saviors, proposing an array of acaricides and antibiotics to "help" our stock, despite many of these products being proven to not be innocuous and occasionally of limited or non-lasting usefulness.

 

And that's why, despite many others having to give up their beekeepig operations, we have decided to commit to it. The survival of the species depends on its capacity to adapt, a faculty that, more often than otherwise, is the beekeeper's responsibility. By inspiring ourselves with what is done elsewhere, namely in Germany and the United-States, we hope to provide local beekeepers with stock that will be better adapted to our conditions.

Quality policy

Viability warranty

Your queen didn't survive transport? She isn't accepted after introduction? She seems improperly mated? Notify us quickly so that we may send free replacement queens. Some conditions may apply.*

Quality warranty

Your queen doesn't lay well? Her genetics don't satisfy your expectations? Notify us quickly so that we may offer you free replacement queens. Some conditions may apply.*

Sanitary inspections

Our apiaries are inspected by the provincial veterinaries in order to assure healthy bees. The health of our bees, and thus yours, is something we take very seriously.

 

*limitation of warranties

Transport charges not included. Requests must be made within reasonable delays. An abusive use of these policies may result in exclusion.

 

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