Our roots in beekeeping
If tales are true Emily's first sting was when she was two weeks old. Emily was born into a beekeeping family and spent her childhood traveling from bee yard to bee yard. As she grew older, she helped out on the farm (sometimes happily and sometimes not so much) pressing out pollen patty in the winters and operating the smoker in the summer. By high school her summers were divided between swimming and beekeeping. Emily worked mainly with her Mum helping to catch queens, feed 4-ways and run grafts. This continued until she graduated from University. Emily then met Shayne and there was a buzz in the air.
Together they kept bees in their backyard and neighbours’ backyards, raising their own queens and selling a few nucs. In 2018 they bought a farm near Armstrong and became full-time beekeepers. They are slowly expanding, with a focus on nuc and queen production and a side-line of honey. They over winter about 900 colonies of varying sizes, during the summer we run an additional 700+ mating nucs.
Wild Antho strives to provide Canadian beekeepers with quality local early April queens. Our focus over the next few years is improving our overwintering of queens to provide beekeepers with a local queen option early.