The story behind Wild Antho

As third-generation bee farmers, we're proof that sweet people can make even sweeter products. Proudly we honour a heritage of honest, sustainable and community inspired goodness.

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.

Wild Antho breeds a true B.C. stock developed over the past 40 years. We started with Kettle Valley Queen stock and still get breeding stock from Liz Huxter. Our queens tend to produce primarily dark bees. The breeder queens must be a minimum of two years old (two winters), have average to above average honey production every year, a solid brood pattern year-round, good pollen stores, must be in the top 10% for colony size in spring and fall or expand very rapidly in the spring, low varroa numbers (not always though….), hygienic behaviour traits, never any type of disease, low honey use over the winter, and not overly aggressive (we do take a few stings).

Decades of experience breeding Queen Bees

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