HELLO FROM CHICAGO HONEY CO-OP
In the winter of 2004, three urban beekeepers conceived and created Chicago Honey Co-op.
While our original mission was as a job training program, our focus has evolved over time into a long term relationship within the community with emphasis on education, healthy eating and awareness of the natural environment.
In addition to our work in the community, we teach beekeeping classes and are partners in preSERVE, a community garden in North Lawndale.
With education becoming more and more a part of our work, we made the decision in 2011 to start a 501c3 partner organization called Chicago Honey Co-op Training Center. Our application has been submitted to the IRS and we are waiting for approval.
THREE NEW APIARIES
After losing our longtime location in North Lawndale, in 2012 we are now located at three apiaries, or
bee farms as we like to call them.
Testa Produce is now home to 24 beehives, the green rooftop of Christy Webber Landscaping is hosting 5 hives and 21 hives are located on the far West side of Chicago just South of Columbus Park. We have been tending the bees and making natural honey from chemical free beehives since 2004 and with the kind help of these 2 businesses, we will be able to do so for many more.
RAISING QUEEN BEES
Every beekeeper loses a portion of their hives each year and must replace those bees with ones purchased from Southern or Western beekeepers who have a longer beekeeping season. We don't believe it is a sustainable way to continue beekeeping. We want to reduce our dependence on this supply by raising our own honey bee queens. Doing this will enable us to reduce the yearly expense of buying package bees and allow us to derive extra income from sales of queens and nucleus hives to other local beekeepers.
In the 2012 and 2013 beekeeping season we are happy to say we produced enough queens to supply our own needs and were able to help out a few other beekeepers who needed replacements.
We believe in and practice local, sustainable agriculture and are proud to say that in 2010 our honey became Certified Naturally Grown which is a grass roots alternative to organic certification.
You can see our Market Schedule and Events on our calendar page
If you would like our honey or other products as corporate gifts or for a special event, we would be happy to work with you. Please email us with your request. We also happily accept wholesale inquiries.