Post by Cacklewack on Mar 10, 2010 14:48:32 GMT -7
I kept 3 Warre hives out at Lachini Vineyards last season and they did very well -- better then most of my other hives in wine country. There's plenty of space, privacy and ease of access should you need a decent sized outyard. Ron's looking to expand his vineyard into a working biodynamic/organic farm and is simply looking for a beekeeper to manage colonies and possibly train him or his staff to assist as necessary. All he asks in return is a few jars of honey.
If you're looking for some more space out in the Newberg area I'd highly recommend giving Ron a call!
Post by Bad Karma 2 on Mar 12, 2010 19:47:28 GMT -7
Funny in your blog Yamhill County was referred to as a wasteland.
Due to the burden of driving 45 miles to wine country, we decided to bring all of our Warre hives (except for the Sokol Blosser colonies) in from wine country and back to Oak Grove for the winter. This is also due to the fact that our Warre hives in Oak Grove filled 3-4 boxes with comb/honey, while the winery hives maxed out at 3. This makes us think that there are far more nectar sources available in the city of Oak Grove/Milwaukie than in the desolate wasteland of Yamhill county.
Post by Cacklewack on Mar 15, 2010 13:07:12 GMT -7
Compared to Yamhill county, yes, our hives in the Oak Grove area seemed to gather far more honey stores. However, of our winery hives I'd say that those we had at Lachini were the healthiest and had the highest honey production.
Do note that much of the wine country in Yamhill County is agricultural -- therefore there isn't as much continual and diverse forage available compared to the city.
A combination of the hour+ drive and favorable locations close to our home made it wise to move the bees out of Lachini. If I didn't have other space available I'd certainly still have them out there!