At the height of their losses in North America, apis Sanctum has decided to step up and develop a safe haven for honey bees in the heart of the historic Black Dirt Region of Orange County.
Using recent studies conducted at Cornell University and other studies dating back as far as the 1800s, apis Sanctum, located on Transport Ln. in Pine Island, has developed a three-stage process for behavioral modification of feral honey bees.
They plan to train bees to follow patterns which have been proven successful at fighting off infestation and disease, allowing them to repopulate into their natural environment, to their greatest potential – all in an effort to increase the overall population of the western honey bee in North America.
Many apiaries in the tri-state area exist, but apis Sanctum has chosen a new method of bee-keeping. A commercial bee company Queen Bee is not allowed to breed in a natural fashion, because it will offset honey production, upsetting schedules, and profits. The new process will allow the Queen to do “what comes naturally” and entice her and her worker bees to swarm in a controlled atmosphere and create new hives. After undergoing the process, the entire hive is transplanted and relocated in the tri-state area, fully established.
Ken-James Miller, the CEO of apis Sanctum, a sixth generation farmer and former Operation Specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard, saw an underlying problem plaguing and had an idea – a solution for sustainable farming moving forward, where honey was just the byproduct, while bringing resources to a community, increasing the local economy, and creating a co-operative atmosphere amongst farmers, businesses, and neighbors. He sees honey bees pollinating the way to that future.