Who We Are
Honey Bee Zen Apiaries
At Honey Bee Zen Apiaries, the home of Swan Valley Honey, we are known for our sustainable beekeeping practices and our growing list of pure, natural, and unpasteurized terroir-based niche honeys. In addition to being commercial beekeepers, we are a federally-licensed honey processing facility inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and are registered with True Source Honey, an international program that ensures that honey is ethically sourced in a transparent and traceable manner.
Based in the verdant Creston Valley in B.C.’s Central Kootenay region, we produce award-winning honeys derived from a vast array of forages, including alfalfa, managed clovers, snowberry, thistle, wild fruits, fireweed, wild sweet clover and more. The land has provided our Swan Valley branded-honey a gentle, delectable, sweetness sought throughout the province. We supply over 36 retail locations in B.C.
Our amber and dark niche honeys have won awards and you can almost taste the sunshine that our bees have harnessed to produce such flavourful sweetness.
We are committed to working with farmers who respect the land they use and the bees we provide, and we seek out strong and beneficial relationships. We are interested in the science and breeding of bees, the production of honey and hive products, and trying to resolve the challenges bees and their keepers around the world face.
Amanda & Jeff Lee
Amanda and Jeff began keeping bees first as a hobby and turned their passion into a commercial business in 2012. In 2017, they purchased Swan Valley Honey, an already-established honey producer that serves the Kootenay region, and moved operations from New Westminster. They are both certified instructors under the BCHPA Certified Instructors program designed to ensure quality education for beginning beekeepers. They are also both certified honey judges.