Tim & Annie Burrell
Rabbit Creek Bee Company, LLC
Grant Award: $6,000 — Nuc Production for Natural Beekeeping
The Burrells are diversifying their queen-rearing operation by producing nucleus hives for local natural and organic beekeepers, responding to the high demand and low supply of quality nucs. The locally adapted queens with Varroa Sensitive Hygienic traits that the Burrells produce are perfect for these nucleus hives.
The Burrells also select breeder queens from stocks that are known for propolis production, which possess both antimicrobial and anti-viral properties, another important aspect of natural beekeeping. They are producing 50 nucs for sale to the local beekeeping community this spring.