We supply pollination services to cherry and apple orchardists in the Creston Valley, as well as specialty services for small-lot berry, bush fruit and vegetable growers.
We adhere to recommended provincial standards for honey bee colony pollination strength. Typically this is eight frames of bees, four frames of brood in all stages, and one laying queen. More often, however, our hives are much larger. All will have a good foraging force of bees.
Typically we supply single-box colonies with room for growth. We do a walk-through site assessment with each new account to ensure we place hives in the best locations. We typically deliver hives at about 10 percent bloom but will work with individual growers’ needs.
We use standard multi-year signed pollination contracts to assure our customers our best service and to allow them to plan for year-over-year needs. The contract guarantees delivery times, locations and hive strength. It also outlines farm restrictions on the use of pesticides and fungicides while our bees are in the field. Payment is due prior to the placement of colonies; we do not carry accounts.
Cost & Recommended Density of Hives Per Acre
|Apple & Pear||1-3||Use more for higher density plants||$100|
|Blueberry||1-2||1-3 Use more for older, higher density||$120|
|Cranberry||3||Requires pollen sub||$130|
|Plum, Peach, Apricot||1||$100|
|Pumpkins & Squashes||1-2||$60|
|Other vegetables||Up to 3|
|Alfalfa||2-5||Depends on density||$100|
|Canola||1-3||Depends on density||$130|
*Prices may vary for volume discounts, legacy accounts
See the Canadian Honey Council’s recommended practices for pollination.CHC Pollination Practice GuidelinesUpdated as of February 2019
Updated as of February, 2019