BEE EDUCATED

AT OUR VANCOUVER ISLAND HONEY FARM

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At Smith Lake Farm, we sell real honey directly

from our hives and provide unique educational experiences

for bee-curious people of all ages.

 

We're a boutique apiary raising strong, healthy bees from 

local stock and happily producing some of the most delicious unpasteurized honey on Vancouver Island.

We offer apiary and outyard tours, beekeeping courses, and mentorship for all levels, along with honey & hive sales.

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our bees

Our honey bees are effective pollinators that contribute to the abundance of our crops and wild, native plant species on our property.

 

We have around ¾ of a million bees doing important work—providing us with nutritious honey and exceptional educational opportunities. 

 

Our forest and wetlands provide our bees with tree and wildflower nectar and pollen. 

Our cattle fields are sown with a friendly pasture mixture, high in white Dutch and crimson clover, alfalfa, buckwheat, and other flowering plants perfect for both honey bees and cattle. As a result, our native bee population increased over the past decade! 

We use organic beekeeping practices and have a strong local breeding program

designed to create West Coast bees that weather seasonal challenges in good health.

 

Contact us to find out about purchasing nucleus hives and our overwintered 'mini hive'

specially designed for the new beekeeper.

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"Introduced to Deborah through sheer luck, I couldn’t ask for a better mentor. She’s been instrumental in making it possible for me to take up this fascinating challenge. Always cheerful, she’s amazingly patient with the pace of learning in others, and has walked me through many perplexing (sometimes scary) situations. She’s readily available for consultation, good advice, and an encouraging word. Heading into a second year of beekeeping, I continually find myself impressed with the breadth of knowledge Deborah has regarding bees and their care. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her friendship is appreciated."

— Fred Bunting

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"I’m fortunate to have experienced Deborah’s beekeeping mentor over the past three years. She’s a knowledgeable and well-respected master beekeeper who keeps current in her field. Years of hands-on experience gives her problem-solving skills that are both logical and intuitive. Her well-organized apiary is located in an idyllic, peaceful setting, making it a joy to visit and work in. Throughout my early beekeeping experiences, Debora remained consistent, patient, and supportive. Her genuine curiosity and interest in bees

is an inspiration."

— Deborah Kozlick

our honey

Our natural honey is made from local nectar (not sugar!) and helps build immunity to pollen allergies.

It tastes so amazing that we sell out every year (without advertising)!

 

If you’d like some, please email us to get on the list.

come visit us!

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Bee Educated

Bee Yard & Outyard Tours, Beekeeping Certification & Apprenticeship.

Bee Comfortable

Four private glamping sites and our

 tiny home are ready to welcome you.

Bee Adventurous

Experience an educational exchange through our WWOOFing opportunities.