Continuing a 100+ Years Family
We aim to introduce beekeeping to adults and children in order to promote pollinators, honey bees and beekeeping and in so doing, stewardship of the environment. In support of this mission, our seminars and mentorship programs help teach beginning beekeepers of all walks of life how to responsibly maintain their own hives. Additionally we develop and maintain apiaries that can also serve as the location for hands-on and one-on-one beekeeping classes. Mr. Ferreira is currently enrolled in the prestigious Cornell University Master Beekeeper Program and he is also the founder and director of the Borough of Naugatuck Parks & Recreation Beekeeping Program and Bee Sanctuary at Andrew Mountain located in Naugatuck Connecticut. Peter Ferreira makes numerous presentations throughout the year on various aspects of beekeeping, honey bees, pollinators and more to groups, schools and beekeeping organizations both abroad and locally.
We also aim to support honey bees, wild bees and pollinators as well as improve their environment. The long term goal of our apiary is to develop a strain of bees that have increased genetic diversity and resistance to diseases, parasites and the New England weather. To this end, we collect swarms to diversify our gene pool, and use limited mite and disease treatments to allow the bees the time to develop their own resistance. We, also, have expanded the number and range of our bee yards to various locations, emphasizing adequate nutrition and variety of bee pasture in their selection. Our queen rearing and research apiary is located in Waterbury, Connecticut between the Naugatuck Valley mountain range and the beautiful Litchfield Hills. Our production hives are located at other locations throughout Connecticut including Naugatuck, Terryville, Morris and Danbury. This highly productive and fertile region offers a dynamic interplay between beekeeping and agriculture. Our colonies consist mainly of Buckfast and local Connecticut raised northern Honey Bees.
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