Alaska Bee Club (ABC) is founded on the idea that Honey Bees represent a pure natural environment, and where the honey bees’ home can be kept clean, and free of artificial creations. Every beekeeper should know that bees are very sensitive to smells, fumes, chemicals, and foreign substances to their hive environment, and the Earth’s environment as well where bees ultimately forage for life giving sustenance. Traditionally this stuff was not allowed near a honey bee colony, much less inside the honey bees home. It appears as maladies, and mites entered the scene, contemporary experts in beekeeping decided to throw that principal out the window, and replaced it with the idea that you can now throw things in a honey bee colony that is not only harmful to honey bees, most of the stuff is harmful to the beekeeper too. Sometimes the bees are so repulsed by what some beekeepers put into the hive that they abscond it. It is no wonder this disorder the bees contracted recently was called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the experts cannot dub it anything else because they cannot define the disorder, and can only guess what it really is. The bees are tired of the environment they are forced to live with inside their homes which can be full of stuff bees never would have brought home in the first place. In reality beekeepers have become their own worst enemies. The honey bees homes need to be respected. ABC will be a community of beekeepers that uses zero treatment beekeeping methods. No matter whether using Small Cell Beekeeping Methods, Natural Cell, or if Artificial Cell Sizes are used, Zero treatment is the goal.
This and much more leads ABC to set a new standard for Alaska Beekeeping. New beekeepers to Alaska beekeeping should be taught that it is not to hard to keep bees in the winter up here, and wintering bees should not be considered an option. Already as a beekeeping community many people are eager to step up, and learn all the aspects of beekeeping, not just learn to harvest honey, but also traditional methods where a beekeeper is keeping bees, making bees by increase, winter bees to create a sustainable honey bee through breeding. As a community of keepers we need to pull together to improve Beekeeping methods, influence public perception, influence laws related to honey bees, and create an environment where Honey Bees are Loved, and Respected by almost Everybody. It is time for Alaska Beekeepers to become Apiarian’s. Be assured we can do it, because beekeepers in general are pretty smart group of people, and many are intent on learning new things. Alaska Bee Club is intent on teaching that it is not to hard to keep bees.