Honeybee Keep

Honeybee Keep manages Colorado's FIRST Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) Apiaries and has been featured at CNG.

12/02/2014 Hot News:

Honeybee Keep is now partnering with Slow Money to promote the idea that small and local business is best for our community. The new Honeybee Keep jar label uses the name Slow Honey with a hat tip to Slow Money. One percent of all honey revenue will be donated to Slow Money 1% For The Planet project.

Thinking of becoming a beekeeper?  "... until you are standing alone in your bee suit in your backyard and open a hive to a swarm of mad bees, or start breaking comb and killing bees, or inspecting your hive and your smoker goes out….nothing you read about or was told in a classroom will help you. You need a mentor and you need experience."  Read the rest in Mentee Testimonial.

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Don Studinski, dba Honeybee Keep, is a principal permaculture enthusiast at Living Systems Institute (LSI) where he applies permaculture philosophy to beekeeping.  Apiaries under Don's management are located from Lakewood to Hygiene, 24 hives spanning about 50 miles.  Don's beekeeping articles have been published in Bee Culture magazine and on-line at Honeybee Haven, Peak Prosperity and Selene River Press.  As a beekeeping mentor, Don provides advice and counsel for students throughout the United States.  Colorado Bees for Colorado Beekeepers is his latest project which will provide nucleus colonies for sale.  Learn more about beekeeping, read free articles and see all the services provided by Honeybee Keep right here at HoneybeeKeep.com.

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Certified Naturally Grown LogoQuick Links:

  1. Need to see a Honeybee and a Yellow Jacket side by side?  Click here
  2. Looking for information on the Mentor Program?  Want to learn to prevent swarms?  Click here.
  3. 1/16/2013 Headline at The Guardian:
  4. Buy Local makes a big difference to you and your neighbors.  Here's why.
  5. Free Honeybee Disease Diagnosis:  Click here to get to the USDA sample submission instructions.

Sugarloaf 13 day before 2013 FloodSugarloaf 13 day after 2013 FloodPortions of our Beekeeping web pages are under construction.  This means you may run into text that needs revision.  Don is writing all this himself, so it progresses as his time allows.  If you run into something that is incomplete and you want it pushed to a higher priority, please just let us know.  You can reach Don by cell phone using 303-248-6677 or by email using dstudin@yahoo.com.

Mailing address:
Honeybee Keep
POB 1995
Broomfield, CO  80038

Primary apiary address:
Living Systems Institute
14020 W. 32nd Ave
Golden, CO 80401

Colorado Proud LogoThings You Should Know

  1. National Debt as of 02/06/2013: 

    The estimated population of the United States is 314,374,297
    so each citizen's share of this debt is $52,426.49.

  2. Marla Spivak:  "As a way of illustrating what bees are facing, Spivak tells a story. Imagine you have the flu (bee viruses). Then imagine, suffering from the flu, you have to go get food for your family across miles of a food desert (farm monocultures). Imagine that when you get there, the available food is laced with a neurotoxin that disorients you or knocks you out completely (neonicotinoid pesticides).

    Oh, and by the way, there may very well be the equivalent of an enormous wood tick on your back sucking your blood throughout all of this (varroa mites). Now go back home and work hard for the rest of the day, and do the same thing tomorrow. That’s what we’re currently asking bees to do."

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Reference Materials

Don StudinskiHoneybee Keep is proud to be in cooperation and / or partnership with:

Living Systems Institute

Denver Urban Homesteadering

Live Honestly photographer Betsy Seeton ... Check out her book, Bee Inspired and others here!

Honeybee Haven

Selene River Press

Don Studinski is proud to be a member of:

American Apitherapy Society (AAS)

Boulder County Beekeepers Association (BCBA)

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)

Colorado Proud, a Colorado Department of Agriculture program.

Colorado State Beekeepers Association (CSBA)
November of 2012, Don was elected advisor to the president, a board position, and appointed chairman of the Pesticide Committee.

Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association (NCBA)

Brighton Beekeepers


Honeybee Keep is using an out-of-the-ordinary business model.  It's based on community sufficiencey technologies.   Some folks have noticed what we are doing and have even chosen to blog about it.  Here's another blog about it.  Here's a third.  My friend, Sid, also wrote about our work.  Here's a student that blogs about the mentor program.

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You can listen to Don's 3/12/2012 interview about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) on Organic View Radio by clicking here.  Tom Theobald, of Boulder County Beekeeper's Associatioin, writes about Don's interview and points to Don's CCD article.  Nick Roldan used quotes from Don's writing in his Beekeeping research paper 4/4/2013 for Farming Class.  Ph.D. candidate, Laurent Cilia, interviewed Don about CCD 4/8/2013. 

Stonyfield Farm, in New Hampshire, featured Don's work here in August of 2012.

Here's a reference in Apis Newsletter to the Bee Culture article Don wrote about honeybee cells in June, 2011.  BCBA featured Don's Candy article for their October, 2012 meeting having Don as a guest speaker.

November, 2012, Botanical Gardens had Don and three other distinguished beekeepers as a panel to answer questions after they showed Queen of the Sun to an audience of 300 Denver area citizens.

April 22, 2013, Don was contacted by Ethan Pang on behalf of Penang Butterfly Farm, Malaysia.  They have taken note of some of the photos here at Honeybee Keep and will be using them in their honeybee display.

May 3, 2013, public presentation for Waste Farmers at Timberline Gardens in Arvada, CO, concerning declining honeybee population, aid a typical citizen can provide and fun things Honeybee Keep students are doing.

Video by Steve Kennedy.


Honeybee Keep will hold customers accountable for bad checks.  Our bad check policy is that the customer is responsible for the cost of the original products or services, the bank fees charged for the NSF check and a $50.00 fee for our labor involved with collecting.  If our collection effort fails, Honeybee Keep will engage an attorney to collect and the attorney fees will also be charged to the client.


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