About Luehring Apiary

Russel Luehring

Farmer at Luehring Apiary

Apiary motto or mission statement:
“Let the bees be bees.”

Location of Luehring Apiary

Hanover, KS (45 miles from People's Grocery)

Are you open to visits or tours?
Maybe, time is a great factor. Have a full time job plus the bees. 

How long has your apiary been in existence?
15+ years

Please share a brief synopsis of the history of your apiary.
As a boy, I had a couple hives on my father’s farm. My youngest boy was looking for a 4H project and asked about bees. I have him a couple books to read and he was hooked. So we decided to get him started with a couple packages. When he went to college I kept the bees going and enjoy it very much. Someday I am sure he will get back into the beekeeping project.

All about the Bees

Which, if any, organic certification does your farm have? If none, do you use organic or conventional practices? Conventional.

Which chemicals, if any, do you use? How often? Are you aware of any used by others in close proximity to your apiary?
I use a soft chemical, Thymol, to help control Varroa mites when needed. Maybe once a year after the honey is taken off.

What kind of sources are your bees likely gathering from?
Alfalfa, sweet clover, fruit trees, wild flowers

Is your honey pasteurized?

Is your honey filtered?
Only by a course gravity flow.

How close is a water source to your beehives?
100 yards

What would you like People’s Grocery Co-Op shoppers to know about your products? What sets you apart?
I keep bees for the enjoyment, challenge, and education. I am trying to let the bees be bees and helping them rather than hurting them. That is a challenge!

What vision do you have for the future of your farm and/or the future of food?
To produce a pure, natural, healthy, and local product.