Established in 1918, Nith Valley Apiaries has been passed through four owners, each of them learning from the previous beekeeper. Our hives dot the countryside throughout Perth, Waterloo and Oxford counties, with around 20 hives at each yard, and 25 bee-yards. These hives allow us to provide honey to the residents of Southwestern Ontario and beyond.
We believe in working within sustainable local food systems and place a high value on supporting our ecosystem, our local farmers, and our community. We offer the best quality honey products and customer service. By constantly upgrading our knowledge-base from other beekeepers and the scientific community we incorporate this knowledge into our business practices. Over the last few years we have been exploring healthy new products such as bee pollen, propolis, and small-batch speciality flavoured honeys. We've also added plants and habitat spaces to our farm to better support pollinators. Learn more about what's happening and who's behind it all here.
We currently supply a number of local stores and restaurants, as well as retailing directly to the public from our 'Honey House' on the edge of New Hamburg. We offer a variety of quality honey products and varying specialty gift items. Bulk honey is always on tap and we are happy to fill your containers.
Erika, Mike, Chris and Cassandra all work together closely to keep things buzzing along smoothly in the honey house, office and in the beeyards.
Mike is our master beekeeper. He purchased the business after working under the previous beekeeper for several years, picking up all the skills and know-how of running the business. When he's not keeping bees or building beekeeping equipment, Mike enjoys family time with his wife, Erika, and young son. He also enjoys working away on projects ranging from tree-planting and woodworking to innovating more efficient ways to get things done. When you see him, ask him what his latest project is!
Cassandra is our honey house retail manager, and is often the person you'll meet in the honey house. She does most of our social media updating and online communication. Cassandra has been making beeswax candles for 8 years. She is excited to learn about the honey bee industry and share her experience with you along the way.
Chris joined our team in May 2019. He is learning alongside Mike what it takes to be a full time beekeeper. When he isn't getting stung by honey bees he enjoys travelling the world. Chris enjoys spending his free time learning the intricacies of beekeeping and training for his next big race. Next time you see Chris welcome him to Nith Valley Apiaries team.