Altura Honey & Bees
Local Honey Albuquerque, NM
Raw and Treatment Free
Frequently Asked Questions
Great question! Our hives are mostly located Albuquerque's south valley where a wide variety of bee friendly plants are available for the bees. The resulting flavors reveal themselves in wonderful layers of delight.
The bees are in a constant struggle for survival. We are blessed to have the opportunity to provide safe managed support for them. By purchasing local honey you are also helping support the NM bee culture. (Thank you for your support!)
Organic honey is kind of a fallacy. It's impossible to know from where the bees are getting their nectar. So if bees are landing on plants that are not organic then can the honey be called organic? Probably not.
Having said that, we are treatment free beekeepers which means that we don't treat our hives or bees with anything. Not even natural treatments such as wintergreen oils or oxalic acid. If we treat bees, even naturally, we are supporting not-so-strong genetic traits which can quickly propagate through the population.
Since worker bees have an average life span of 45 days, we believe the best strategy for the bees' survival is allowing for natural selection. We call bees that have successful genetics (colonies last through the years) survival bees. By allowing for natural selection we are strengthening the local population for long term bee colony survival.
Yes, and there are lots of us beekeepers willing to help any way we can. Please use the form on this page to contact us and we'll send you information about local meetups, resources and even mentor programs.
We believe and have been told by many of our honey customers that local honey can help with one's allergies. Other benefits from the use of bee products have been reported too, such as helping with sleep, arthritis and joint pain, antiseptic use, and a whole bunch more.
There is a lot written about the benefits of using bee products like honey, propolis, bee stings, pollen, etc. We encourage you to try it for yourself.
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