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Wild Honey Ranch is located at 7,000 feet in the Zuni Mountains of northwestern New Mexico. Ranch owners Rhett and Sarah are hobbyist beekeepers who specialize in holistic hive management and the production of raw honey. The ranch holds a certification (Certified Naturally Grown) that is tailored for small-scale, direct-market farmers/beekeepers who use the highest ideals of organic methods and practices.
MissionTo implement holistic hive management in natural habitats.
We package and sell raw honey. While there are many definitions of raw honey, we define comb honey as being the purest, rawest honey available, which is why we specialize in comb honey production. Extracted honey can also be raw, but it’s important that you know the source. Our extracted honey has not been heat treated or filtered. Furthermore, we do not treat our hives with chemicals or other forms of medications. Our hives are located in a rural mountainous region free from commercial farming. The bees forage nectar and pollen from the natural wildflowers and trees within the region.
Certified Naturally Grown
Our apiaries are Certified Naturally Grown which is a peer-reviewed alternative to the USDA Organic seal. This certification ensures that our hives are free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and genetically engineered crops. For more information visit www.cngfarming.org
We build hives that we believe work well in our climate and adhere to natural methods of beekeeping. Overtime, we will add additional hive and beekeeping equipment to the store.
VisionShare our knowledge and experience with those who want to keep healthy honeybee colonies in unique and fragile ecosystems.
Zuni Mountain Bee Project
The Zuni Mountain Bee Project is part of our beekeeping program. We set swarm traps to catch wild bees throughout the Zuni Mountain region. Wild bees (also known as survival bees) have proven to be resilient in our harsh but survivable micro-climate. We make our queens by natural selection from the captured swarms. We call this process natural queen rearing.
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Have you noticed that honeybees, in a natural setting, build their hives high off the ground? Honeybees consistently choose a swarm trap placed high off the ground over a swarm trap placed near the ground. Our certification requires that we keep hives at a minimum of...read more
You Can Help Us Protect the Bees
As you may know, bears can destroy hives. We are thankful that our certification prohibits shooting or poisoning bears. Instead, we use an electric bear fence as a safe and effective alternative. This measure of protection protects both bees and bears from unnecessary harm. Your generous donations are used to buy solar panels, batteries, and other fencing material to install around our apiaries.
Thanks in advance for your generous donation.
Wild Honey Ranch
HC 61 Box 814
Ramah, NM 87321
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