Welcome to Parker Farms.
Treatment-Free Beekeeping for All
I am committed to educating beekeepers, young and
old, new and....old, in how to keep bees in a
treatment-free way which eliminates dependence on
chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and other
nasty stuff found in commercial honey supplies
today. I'm also committed to eliminating
dependence on the back breaking and time and
energy intensive manipulations that have come to
be a part of beekeeping which many are indoctrinated in
to thinking they must do to keep their bees alive.
What I'm trying to do here is not tell you how
things must be done, but to show you how I know
for a fact can
be done successfully. It is my goal over
time to try out as many differing methods as
possible and to write about them for you.
If you have a specific question about beekeeping,
read some of my articles to the left. If you
still need some help, feel free to email me and
I'll try to get back to you as soon as I
can. If you're local to Denver, Colorado,
check the Products
page to see if there's anything available you
might like to buy. At times I have queens,
nucs, wax, and maybe some other things.
On the blog, I usually upload a picture of what
the home yard looks like with every post. Here,
I just upload the most recent one I have
whenever I get a chance. This one was taken
in February 2014 during our fifth (er something) snow. This winter has provided
more snow events and very cold weather events than any winter since I
have lived here. It is very trying even for my bees which have
survived with less than 10% losses for several years. I have lost no less than six hives already this winter.
September 2013: I have started a Facebook group
now in case you are tired of discussing beekeeping with people who see no other way
to do things than by treating. I have gotten a lot of abuse from
the treating crowd and it's nice to have a safe space to talk about how to do this.
April 2014: I've now moved to Denver, Colorado. My bees are
now located in Franktown, Colorado. I'm slowly updating the
website to reflect some of the changes.
July 2014: The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast
is now available. Please subscribe on your favorite podcast
listening software or just click the link and listen. Also, please
send me questions, comments, or topics through the Contact Page or through the Facebook Group. I promise, the quality will improve, I'm working on intro music.
Attention: This website is
still under construction.
Most things are working, but not everything leads to a destination yet.