Our mission, and indeed our passion is to promote the public awareness of honey bees, educate potential beekeepers, and provide beekeeping assistance to those less fortunate.
We are pleased to announce our "HONEY DEPOT" beekeeping store in Louisville, KY is OPEN -- Please drop by and visit us
14005 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299
( Located 3/4 mile East of the I-265 on Taylorsville Road just past South Pope Lick Road )
Produce and Sell Raw Natural Honey
Produce and Sell Nucs, Packages and Queens
Sell Beekeeping Equipment and Supplies
Provide Mentoring Services
Goat Milk Soap, Beeswax Candles, Pottery, Gifts
Member of the Kentucky State Beekeepers Association
Member of Kentuckiana Beekeepers Association
Member of the Oldham County Beekeepers Association
Member of the Eastern Apicultural Society
Member of the Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association
HONEY DEPOT IS NOW OPEN !!
Yes -- We operate a full-service beekeeping store in Louisville, KY!! We are an authorized dealer for Dadant so if they sell it then we can sell it to you. We are also selling woodenware from Antler Ridge, cypress equipment from Peter Zook, and protective clothing from Guardian Bee Apparel.
HoneyBear Farms KY is owned by Joel & Ruth Gonia and Bill & Valerie Drury who raise bees to produce honey, sell bees and equipment, and provide assistance to other beekeepers. They are active within local, state and national apiculture organizations, including Kentucky State Beekeepers Association, Kentucky Queen Bee Breeders Association, Kentuckiana, Oldham, Shelby and Bullit County Beekeepers Associations, and the Eastern Apicultural Society where Joel is training to become a Master Beekeeper. Joel is also an instructor for the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program.
Joel is fond of telling anyone who will listen that when purchasing honey, make sure to read the label! Most honey sold wholesale and purchased in the larger grocery stores has been filtered and pasteurized to maintain color consistency and promote longer shelf life before granulating. This process removes most of the pollen from the honey, and a lot of the natural flavor. It is the pollen that provides medicinal benefit. All honey labels should state where the honey came from and if it has been filtered and pasteurized, or not. Read your labels!
Honey cannot be USDA Certified Organic in the US because the requirements are not realistic / practical for honey bees. Honey bees may fly up to a 2-mile radius to find food and water. So, to be assured the honey is organic, then ALL of the vegetation within a 4-mile radius of the hives must be certified organic - Not too many farms can comply. Actually, I don't know of any. Honey from South America and other countries have different Organic Certifications that are less stringent.
We're on our way to maintaining over 500 colonies, or about 25 million bees. Give us a call and come on by for some Bee-talk, or maybe try some of our delicious HoneyBear Chocolate Comb. Working on HoneyBear Soap, t-shirts, pottery and candles too!
Here are our upcoming events we are either hosting or attending - Detail descriptions of each event are found on our Facebook Page
The store is open six days per week, but apiary tours require an appointment, so please call in advance.
14005 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40299, United States
We're here to help save the Bees, make a lot of Honey, and help other Beekeepers with their colonies. Give us a call anytime!
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CNG Apiary Standards: Promoted y Certified Naturally Grown organization and prompted by feedback from experienced beekeepers, and are supported by the latest research. The standards are in print as the Handbook for Natural Beekeeping, 3rd edition,
"Farming feeds the world, and we must remember that pollinators are a critical ink in our food systems." Each of us can do more to help out, even by planting specific flowers in our gardens. These guides are a good start to better understand our responibility.
These Downloads are for your personal education and research into the world of beekeeping -- Please review responsibly and request permission prior to distribution.
Our kids wanted bees - We thought they were crazy! To come up with new and innovative reasons to tell our kids we "cannot and will not raise bees!" we began to consider the possibilities. 😊 Ruth, who is a behavior therapist for special needs children, thought maybe the bees would be an alternative activity for our children, particularly our child with autism. Joel, who is a commercial equipment appraiser, of course conducted exhaustive research into the practical application of becoming a bee farmer and the potential business opportunities. After a couple years reading books and searching the internet, Joel & Ruth purchased a Starter Kit, a couple hives, and some Nucs. We were fortunate that we had mentors from the beginning who were willing to help us out and answer our questions. Better yet, they let us help them manage their hives and gain first-hand experience.
Bill and Valerie, along with their Junior Beekeeper Ethan have become passionate about beekeeping and the potential to help others directly through increased income, and indirectly be helping to save the bees! Bill leads a benevolent foundation to provide clean drinking water to communities in Honduras and is now assisting with our seminars and workshops, marketing and sales.
Today we are active members in five different beekeeper associations. Joel and Bill regularly attend beekeeping seminars and conferences. And the books keep piling up!! Additionally, Joel has embarked on a 5-year intensive program to become a Certified Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Appiculture Society.
Certified Naturally Grown's apiary certification standards for natural beekeeping is about as close as a beekeeper can get to becoming organic. HoneyBear Farms has introduced these standards in our daily best practices, including use of approved treatments and management of the bees.
Yes, we sell honey and bees, but we also provide beekeeping services including mentor assistance, honey extraction and packaging, and wax treatment. One of our passions is to help other small businesses and local charities, so we offer an expanding line of synergistic products including T-shirts, pottery, candles and soap!!
Soap for Hope
Your purchase of soap from ‘Soap for Hope’ (Part of the HoneyBear Farms' family) is proud to donate proceeds to various charities. Our son, Nick Trout, is the founder, soap maker and genius behind the entire project to raise funds for various charities around Louisville and surrounding areas. Nick has a kind heart and continues to raise money year-round, so please, if you ever need soap for a gift or for your home, let him know! He’s perfecting his soap making skills to make each batch better…ask for a specific blend that you prefer as well !!
Currently he offers: Sugar Cookie, Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon, Vanilla & Oatmeal, Peppermint, and Wild Berry.
Soaps are Goat Milk soap based and made with honey to smooth and calm the skin. ENJOY!
Made with natural goat milk and HoneyBear Farms’ honey. Ideal for people with sensitive skin or skin allergies. Goat milk is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is gentle and nourishing.