We consider sustainable practices to include:
- The use of renewable, natural materials in hive construction (e.g. wood from sustainable sources in preference to polystyrene)
- No synthetic chemical or medicinal treatments (i.e. no pyrethroids, no prophylactic treatments including antibiotics, no organo-phosphates). Organic acids (e.g. oxalic, formic) and powdered sugar are permitted.
- Allowing the bees to build their own comb in preference to the use of foundation
- Top bar hives in preference to framed hives
- Honey sold either in the comb, or cold extracted and strained but not fine filtered to remove pollen grains
The WFA has its own, expert beekeeper – Phil Chandler.
Click here to visit Phil’s website, The Barefoot Beekeeper, and learn more: it’s a brilliant resource.
If you want to join the WFA as a Beekeeper, click here.