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REBEL RANCH

Penrose Colorado
6,000 feet above sea level

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Honey Bees Apiary

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Rebel Ranch is:
  • A member of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.
  • A Pesticide Free Zone!
  • Purchase our book Buzzing Success A Guide to Raising Honeybees for Fun and Profit.


    Honey Bee

    Our Honey Bee Apiary (bee hives) is inside a secure, electrified bear proof enclosure. Following the principals and standards of organic bee keeping, our ranch is a pesticide free zone and our Bee colonies shall be chemical and drug free, unless directed otherwise for the health of the bees. Being kept as naturally and humanely as possible, our honey bees are pollinators and produce great tasting natural honey from Clover, Wildflowers, our fruit trees, grapes and berry bushes.

    Additional hives shall be added over time.


    Video of our Apiary first day, 2 May 2020.
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    Inside the hive five days after introducing the bees.
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    Day 25 of new hive. Eggs and Larva (brood)
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    Benefits of Honey Bees

    Have you ever heard the term, "Busy as a Bee?" If you take the time to watch bees as they fly from flower, to flower, to flower collecting nectar and pollen, then back to the hive, you will know what it means. Worker Bees (female bees) make many trips each day, visiting several thousand flowers up to five miles or more from the hive.

    Bees are known as pollinators and are very beneficial. While visiting each flower, some of the pollen sticks to the tiny hairs on a bee's body, then rubs off and pollinates that flower. Sometimes the pollen collected from the previous flower rubs off their body and cross-pollinates. This pollination and cross-pollination is required; because without it, some flowers, fruit, vegetables and certain crops won't produce.


    Bee with pollen

    There are several different species of insects that produce honey, but Bees are the best known and the only insect that produce the honey eaten by most people. They create honey from the nectar and pollen collected from each flower and plant they visit. The beekeeper then harvests the honey and Bees wax honey comb. However, enough honey (80 to 100 pounds) must be left in the hive for the Bees to eat when flowers aren't blooming and during the winter months.

    Honey is used as a sweetener in food and drink, on deserts and other items instead of sugar. It's all natural, healthier than sugar and tastes much better. Honey is considered "Kosher" for those that follow the kashrut (also kashruth or kashrus) dietary laws.

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    Health benefits of Honey

  • Contains some nutrients
  • Rich in Antioxidants that can lower blood pressure
  • Better than sugar for diabetics
  • Improves cholesterol
  • Lowers Triglycerides
  • Linked to heart health
  • Helps heal burns and wounds
  • Can suppress coughs
  • Raw, unfiltered honey from local sources can help reduce allergies
  • Tastes great
  • Many others
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    Seventy out of 100 major crops and many flowers are pollinated by bees.

    Partial list of crops pollinated by Bees

    AlphalfaCarrotEggplantPlum
    AlmondCashewFennelQuince
    AppleCauliflowerGuavaRapeseed
    ApricotCeleryKiwifruitSafflower
    AvocadoCherryMacadamiaSainfoin
    BeansChestnutMangoSesame
    BeetChile pepperMustardSoybean
    BerriesCloverOkraSquash
    BroccoliCoconutOnionStrawberry
    Brussell sproutsCoffeePapayaSunflower
    BuckwheatCorianderPeachTurnip
    CabbageCottonPearWatermelon
    CantaloupeCucumberPeas
    CarawayCurrentsPersimmon

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    Information on planting a Pollinator garden and attracting honey bees coming soon...

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    Additional information and photos will be posted soon. Please check back.

    This page updated 7 March 2024 @ 0545 Mountain

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