About

Our Story

Beekeeping started as a hobby for us to produce our own local honey. Once we learned more about the plight of the bees and the need to provide them a place thrive and grow, we decided it was time to become more involved.  We became involved in local beekeeping organizations and enrolled in educational events to become better informed.

One of the first things we learned was that One hive can quickly become 2 then 4 and so on.  So we purchased acreage and moved our hives from our backyard to the bee yard and began to expand from there.

Our Approach

A and D Hives honey comes from many varieties of local plants.  Did you know that each honey bee makes approximately 1/2 teaspoon of honey in her lifetime? Our Honey Bee is responsible for pollinating a large percentage of our food supply, some of which is completely dependent and without the Honey Bee, would not exist.

Our Apiaries are located in Southern Brevard County.  We don't treat our bees with any chemicals, and we we take pride in taking excellent care of them.  Our honey is freshly extracted throughout each season and bloom or nectar flow, with the exception of winter where we are thankful for the leftover spring and summer harvest and anxiously await the spring again.  Most of our wildflower honey contains Orange Blossom, Saw Palmetto, Mangrove, Brazilian Pepper and other native plants that are in abundance.

A and D Hives live bee swarm removal services are also available upon request.

Meet the Team

Andy and Denise Harrell are our local beekeepers that take care of the bees and provide them with a place that is safe from pesticides and a place to grow and thrive.

DENISE HARELL

Bee Keeper

ANDY HARELL

Bee Keeper


Memberships

Fresh From Florida Member

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian.

http://www.freshfromflorida.com/

Farm Bureau - Member

The Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s mission is “to increase the net income of farmers and ranchers, and to improve the quality of rural life.” The vision of the FFBF is “Florida Farm Bureau will be the most effective, influential and respected Farm Bureau in the nation. To truly be recognized as Florida’s Voice of Agriculture.

http://www.floridafarmbureau.org/

Treasure Coast Beekeepers - Current President

The Treasure Coast Beekeepers Association (TCBA) is a nonprofit organization that provides education about bees and beekeeping for people of the Treasure Coast. TCBA is an affiliate of the Florida State Beekeepers Association, and serves the Florida Counties of Indian River, Martin and Saint Lucie.

Florida State Beekeepers - Member

The Florida State Beekeepers Association is dedicated to keeping Florida apiculture strong and healthy now and for future generations. The Association is the major voice for the state’s beekeeping industry.

http://www.floridabeekeepers.org/

American Beekeeping Federation - Member

The ABF is a national organization with over 4,700 members that continually works in the interest of all beekeepers, large or small, and those associated with the industry to ensure the future of the honey bee. Our members share a common interest to work toward better education and information for all segments of the industry in the hope of increasing our chances for survival in today’s competitive world.

http://www.abfnet.org/

National Honey Board – Member

The National Honey Board (NHB) is an industry-funded agriculture promotion group that works to educate consumers about the benefits and uses for honey and honey products through research, marketing and promotional programs. The Board’s work, funded by an assessment on domestic and imported honey, is designed to increase the awareness and usage of honey by consumers, the foodservice industry and food manufacturers. The ten-member-Board, appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, represents producers (beekeepers), packers, importers and a marketing cooperative.

https://www.honey.com/


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