beekeeping
 

Family Owned Beekeeping Companies

Family owned beekeeping companies are very common throughout the world. Beekeeping isn't just something you go into, it's something you're raised and brought up in during generations of family members.

Most companies that deal with beekeeping and provide beekeeping supplies are family-owned. Dadant and Sons, a company based out of Hamilton, Illinois has been in the business of providing beekeeping equipment and products for the past 140 years. They sell everything from beekeeping attire from the head to the torso, and even full body suits with headgear. They also sell journals that are published about beekeeping as well as selling copies from the archives.

They have a large selection of books for giving you a short lesson on beekeeping to candle making since many beekeeper's not only collect and sell honey, but they make things out of beeswax as well as candles. Most family-owned beekeeping businesses usually produce the honey and beeswax products on their farms and sell the products they make to local stores. Usually it's a family business that has been a long-standing tradition that is passed down generation after generation.

 

Most family owned beekeeping businesses have been at this for several generations, so it's not a new thing as children grow up, they get into beekeeping as their livelihood, since it's how their ancestors made their living.

Many beekeeping companies now are commercially owned, since so many family-owned businesses are forced out because of the rising cost of running a business. Many mom and pop beekeeping businesses that were not technologically advanced were the ones who suffered because those who had the resources to invest in websites and tools needed to stay ahead in the business were the ones who made the transition into the 21st century. This was a business that began as a simple hobby and just a small way to make extra money on the side or to just have something extra for the dinner table, since honey was popular to be put on hot biscuits and toast for dinner and breakfast.

Honey wasn't really a huge resource during the old days, since people used sugar and other things like molasses to put on their foods, but when it was discovered that honey was cheap and inexpensive to make that's when beekeeping had become popular and became a profitable business for many families in regions where beekeeping was a widely practiced activity. The only issues was in this day and age more pesticides was being used and the problems with having to treat much of the honey that was being made, which left a lot of people wondering how safe it was to consume the honey.

It was a concern, since the organic food movement that totally goes against the use of pesticides and any means to chemically alter or treat food or livestock used for food products. Today, you have family owned companies at the commercial level that produce honey products and beeswax used in cosmetics and candle making.

Many family owned businesses are gone today, but the business of beekeeping is still thriving both locally and commercially.