We are dedicated to promoting best-practice beekeeping and educate the greater community on the necessity and importance of honey bees to the environment.

Continuing with a 100 year old family tradition, the Honey Shack & Ferreira Apiary aim is to support new beekeepers, honeybees and wild bees as well as improve their environment. We keep honeybees to promote bee health and welfare. Our apiary was founded in the USA by Pedro and Bee Ferreira in keeping a family tradition dating back 3 generations to Pedro’s paternal ancestral roots of Portugal.

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. Peter Ferreira is a certified master beekeeper and he is currently finishing a second MBC from Cornell University in Ithaca NY.  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. We are dedicated to lecturing and teaching all about beekeeping and our pollinators. In fact, teaching and mentoring is the main purpose and focus of our beekeeping life.

Supporting bees can be achieved in several ways. These range from education, to simply being more bee-aware in your gardens, planting bee friendly plants and not using pesticides and poisons through to providing habitat and housing for bees by leaving areas of ground undisturbed, putting up ‘bee-hotels’ or maintaining a beehive. We also offer classes and lectures at different venues, to learn about bees and their nature with thought and discussion about how best to care for them.

We encourage attendance at lectures and apiary meetings to learn about, and see, bees in a way that is less likely in non-intrusive husbandry. The approach we have adopted is one of education about bees and their nature, with thought and discussion on how best to care for them, rather than training in a particular husbandry and hive type. Members use a range of hives including vertical and horizontal top bar hives and framed hives.

Ferreira Apiary aims 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 Ferreira Apiary’s seminars and mentorship programs help teach beginning beekeepers of all walks of life how to responsibly keep their own hives. Additionally, we offer mentorship, develop and maintain apiaries that can also serve as the location for hands-on and one-on-one beekeeping classes. Mr. Ferreira is 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.

Mr. Ferreira is a third generation beekeeper, currently finishing a second Master-Beekeeper certification at the prestigious Cornell University in Ithaca New York. Pedro’s love for nature and beekeeping shows in the way he teaches and handles he’s bees and how calm they are around him, students and visitors. 

“I first became interested in bees as a child in Portugal where, every spring, my grandfather, who was also a beekeeper, took me on long hikes along his farm-lands to visit his various apiaries.” 

Pedro Ferreira is also well known in the music world as a critically acclaimed violinist, recording artist, composer, author, vlogger, life coach, explorer and environmentalist. More information at PETERFERREIRA.COM

Habitat preservation helps ensure that bees have the environment they need not just to survive – but to thrive in harmony.!

“EDUCATING BEEKEEPERS AND PROMOTING BEEKEEPING AS A VITAL PART OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN NEW-ENGLAND.”

Ferreira Apiary aims 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 Ferreira Apiary’s seminars and mentorship programs help teach beginning beekeepers of all walks of life how to responsibly keep their own hives. Additionally, we develop and maintains apiaries that serve as the location for hands-on beekeeping classes.

  • Encourage better beekeeping methodology

  • Promote cooperation among the beekeepers of the state and nation

  • Reach a common understanding regarding our problems and their solutions

  • Maintain friendly and helpful relations among beekeeping advocates

  • Foster closer cooperation among other beekeepers and students

  • Improve purposes relating to honey bees and beekeeping exclusively for its members and the general public.

  • Pass on a love of beekeeping to tomorrows beekeepers.

  • Provide support in the learning and refinement of beekeeping to established beekeepers as well as those that are new to it.
  • We believe that it is our core purpose to serve God with all resources entrusted to us, influencing others through wise stewardship and leadership. 

  • To reflect God’s will and purpose in all relationships through the Christian values of honesty, integrity, respect and servanthood.

These values drive us each and every day, as we tend to our bees and uphold the craft of beekeeping, meet our promises to customers and students, develop community programs, shape our industry and serve our world.

Consumer education boosts awareness of the value of pollination and the plight of the honeybee.

"Bees are an indicator species, reflecting the health and status of our life environment as well as the interdependency and interconnectedness of all life on earth. Traditional beekeeping and farming understood and acknowledged the natural life forces of the bees. Modern beekeeping and farming practices have lost this ancient knowledge and this loss has taken its toll on the bees on multiple levels. We have to shift paradigms in order to save the bees."
Michael Thiele
Holistic Beekeeper