to Honey Bee City
A Veteran & Retired Law Enforcement-Owned Business
EDUCATION. The interest in green gardening has exploded in the United States, but many are forgetting about the insects that are needed to be a success at it! With the Honey Bee City Urban Beekeeping Kit, people can learn about these fascinating insects and the products that can be produced from their work. The viewing window provides a visual wonderland for adults and children, where properly clothed observers can see bees at work producing honey and managing hive activities. With a suitable camera, you can also photograph your bees and display them or share them with others on social media! As you advance from being an apprentice beekeeper to advanced, master, and master craftsman cerfifications of beekeeping, you'll be able to further your education about beekeeping.
POLICE OFFICER'S ASISTANCE TRUST/LAW ENFORCEMENT YOUTH ACTIVITIES. As retired lawmen, we know our youth are our most priceless generation! What better way to bring troubled or at risk youth closer to law enforcement and the community than beekeeping?! We have law enforcement discounts to make it easier to do! Every community needs honey for baking, cooking, and practical uses, so why not teach youth another way to earn an income or raise funds?
PRESERVATION. Honeybees have been dying throughout the United States. While apiculture has been a global occupation and treasured craft since human beings first formed societies and cultivated crops, some herbicides & pesticides are destroying bee populations. With the advance of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), many crop plants like corn no longer require pollination by bees, and urban sprawl has reduced the amount farmland in many areas. However, local gardeners and urban residents still need their vegetables, flowers, and landscaping plants pollinated. A beekeeper is arguably just as important in urban areas than farming locations because green gardening has become a sustainable resource for many people that want to supplement their diets with natural produce.
FAMILY TIME. Forget about a lemonade stand for kids, or selling seeds door-to-door! Think about a honey stand!! Do you want to get the family doing something together again? Give up wireless devices, computers, and game consoles for some good old-fashioned family projects?! Sure, you can get stung every now and then. Yes, your teens may complain, or your youngsters may be a little apprehensive, but the pure fascination that bees provide seems to get everyone involved in the many things that need to be done! Just like bees, one parent may like being a good bee steward, while another may like the jarring and crafts. Teens may like processing honey, or bottling it, but most everyone loves to eat it!
Beekeeper Brad, or Ual Bradley, as we know him on our team, is our Managing Director and a registered hobbyist Florida beekeeper! Beekeeper Rick got him hooked on beekeeping, and Brad is now fascinated with apiculture. While Rick's the former Marine, Beekeeper Brad's got 21 years of service as an enlisted soldier and Infantry officer in the US Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. He's also a retired lawman with over 30 years of government service! Anyone that knows Beekeeper Brad knows that he loves getting people involved, and treating customers as important members of the Honey Bee City family! He loves being a father, a grandfather, and keeping in touch with our valued Honey Bee City Mayors, who are the bedrock of our beekeeping community. His first name is Muskogee Indian, and he's very proud of his African-American and Poarch Creek Native American heritage!
Since 6,000 BC. Can you imagine what it would have been like to keep bees in Ancient Greece or Wales? Phoenicia, or as a Maya? Our partner and beekeeper Rick educates us daily about honey bees. His love for them is addictive,
but did you know that bees have been cultivated on
every populated continent since the dawn of history?
While different vessels were used as hives in different
cultures, honey has been viewed by many civilizations
as ambrosia, or a gift to the gods. The importance
of bees to pollination, and the value of honey as a
healthy food, were valued as priceless during the
progression of mankind. Beekeepers in ancient times
were not just rural dwellers, but they were mobile vendors and urban keepers. Crafty apiculturists would create artificial hives by various means that could be transported on their backs, in boats, by horseback, or in carts and wagons. With their innovative methods, beekeepers brought comb, honey, medicines, lotions, creams, perfumes, and other unique crafts to the ancient cities and towns, and introduced honey directly to the urban consumer! Like the Egyptian in the carving above, the labors of beekeeping have been sustaining agriculture and humanity for centuries!
VETERANS. Wow, we're veterans, too! For all of our brothers and sisters who have had the privilege to serve, think about getting involved in beekeeping. Our partner Rick advises us constantly that he'd rather hang with bees that people! As proud military veterans, we think about how many wounded or physically challenged brothers & sisters might find this beneficial and provide a supplemental source of income! Let us know as we do offer a veteran's discount!
Artificial Beehives Are Called Apiaries
(The City Council!)
Beekeeper Rick loves bees so much that his passion for bees & beekeeping inspires everyone to get involved! Rick refers to honeybees as "God's Little Flying Angels" and being with bees is usually when you'll see him smile and laugh!
(He's not comfortable in front of cameras!!)
FRATERNITIES & SORORITIES. A great way to make money and give back to the community, too. Greek societies can bond with local faculties and communities through
the art of beekeeping!
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS. Where else do you find urban kids having fun and learning great things to do! Beekeeping is a great tool for mentors and youth, and it can become a sustainable trade and profession for those who become experts at this craft.
Fun Facts About Beehives!
CRAFTSMANSHIP. Many beekeepers don't sell their wares, or their honey. Some become involved in developing the craft of beekeeping - making honey products for home use, or gifts, beeswax candles, lip balm, soaps, skin creams, lotions, beauty oils, and candy! If you like to visit craft shows and fairs, do you remember how much respect and awe there was for a true craftsman? With Honey Bee City, you'll be able to produce approximately 40lbs or more of honey each year, not to mention valuable beeswax, honeycomb, propolis, pollen, and nutritious royal jelly, not to mention mead beer, perfume, and wine, as seen below!
There are many beekeeping supply companies that cater to commercial and rural beekeepers, but there's only one Honey Bee City for urban beekeepers. By bringing beekeeping to cities, healthy, small, well-managed hives distributed over vast metropolitan areas can contribute to the conservation and preservation of honey bees!
Help Save the Bees,
By Bringing Beekeeping to the Cities.... "A Beehive in Every Home"
SCHOOL SCIENCE/CLASS PROJECTS. We've all got kids, small, medium, and teens, and who hasn't wondered which science project your child or class can do that won't have the same project at a fair? Who thinks of beekeeping these days?! However, by using or keeping a beekeeping journal, and having an observation window in Honey Bee City, your children can analyze, catalog, photograph, and obtain samples of bees and bee products throughout their stages of hive and bee development. Plus you can share honey with school or fair judges! That should earn them a certain "A" grade!!
CHURCHES. Proverbs 24:13 - "My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste..." Consider beekeeping as a great youth group hobby and form a local guild of craftsmen that can make products for members of the congregation or members of your community. It will foster fellowship, stewardship, and instill responsibility in young people! As one of the Bible's recognized health foods, it is labor well spent within your church home, family, or community!
BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATIONS. Elks, Lions, Moose, Masons, local benevolent associations, we know the important community and youth contributions you make! Help save the bees and expose your communities to the values of beekeeping, and the values that beekeeping can teach! It's a great way to learn teamwork and caring?
Wild Honeybees Use Caves, Rock Crevices, & Spaces In Wood or Trees to Make Their Hives!
HOMELESS, WOMEN'S, and FAMILY SHELTERS. Are we thinking urban?! Salvation Army, Goodwill, local homeless & displaced work? Beekeeping has so many ways of benefiting our communities! Our ideas and suggestions are endless! Most shelters are always looking for low cost foods, supplements, and sources of
additional income. Why can't some of the
groups or organizations out there and
listed here work together to feed those less
fortunate? Let's work on that! Shelters are
full of good people who are trying to get on
their feet and find employment, so what's
wrong with working together to provide
honey or raise funds to help our precious
When our partner Richard Cousins, a former Marine Infantry sergeant and retired lawman, returned from Afghanistan in 2014, he resumed his love of urban beekeeping with his family. Prior to leaving, Beekeeper Rick was a registered beekeeper in North Carolina. Within the last two years, Rick has evolved into an avid urban beekeeper, who experienced the challenges & differences between the two habitats. We developed our Honey Bee City Urban Beekeeping Kit to provide a simple beehive system so our customers can enjoy beekeeping, use our observation cover to view bees, & help Save the Bees! Rick's a proud Southern Gentleman from North Carolina!
Sirius Trading & Logistics LLC (Dba Honey Bee City)
is owned by a trio of beekeepers, veterans & retired federal agents.
In April 2017, we moved to Medley, Florida in the Miami Metropolitan Area, where we continue to grow as a veteran-owned small business and serve our family of customers. Honey Bee City is proudly Made in the USA, and we are dedicated to providing American made products. We are US Citizens seeking to expand beekeeping in cities and suburbs, where we strongly feel it will help strengthen our dwindling honeybee populations! By providing original art urban, diverse, and modern beekeeping and bee lover merchandise, we seek to inspire everyone to show their love for one of the most essential living natural resources on Earth!
After serving our country for over 30 years, we wanted to do something to Help Save the Bees! We also wanted to make something here, in the United States, that could provide green benefits to people! Beekeeper Rick explained how bees are endangered. We learned that while most beekeepers live in rural areas and operate commercially with hundreds of hives, people in metro areas could help by keeping beehives that are more distant from rural ones and that could provide safe habitats to live. We were happy to learn that metropolitan people were interested in beekeeping when informed about how important and easy it is!! Our partner, Juan Cobo, a former Merchant Marine & University o Tennessee graduate, is our beekeeping logistician and national & international shipping expert. His family originated in Spain!
We are trying to make a difference by providing products by urban beekeepers for urban beekeepers, and tailoring commercial products and procedures to suit the unique needs of city & suburban residents. To us, managing one or two hives is more important than managing 100 because honey bees in rural areas have been dying!
MOSQUES. Quran 16.68-69]: "And Allah revealed to the bees: Build your hives in mountains, trees and in what people build. Then eat from every fruit and follow your Lord's enslaved paths, from their bellies exits drink of different colors, in it healing for man." According to the World of Islam, honey is halal. Please consult with your Imam for further information and how to fit beekeeping into the activities of your followers!
& Law Enforcemement For Bees
SPIRITUAL GROUPS. Bees make natural honey that has uses in spirituality, such as Native American rituals, tribal medicine, and various spiritual practitioners from around the world! We'd like to hear from you and learn more, as one of our partners is a Native American traditional believer with tremendous respect for bees. Tell us about your spirituality and how beekeeping is benefiting your spiritual life!
INCOME. Even at the hobbyist level with Honey Bee City, producing honey products and products from the hive can provide additional income. With over 40lbs of honey a year, Honey Bee City will produce more honey than a family can usually manage to eat. With so many uses for natural honey, to include honey cream and comb honey, packaging honey in and selling it locally is a great way to increase family income! As you can read in the craftsmanship section on this page, your income and the products you can produce are as diverse as our wonderful American society!
SPECIAL EDUCATION. My mother was a special ed teacher for years, and she was always looking for great projects to do with her kids! Beekeeping was never considered at the time. Not just for actual beekeeping, but also as an educational tool for kids of all ages and skill levels, beehives are a great way of exposing all kids to the world of these fascinating and beneficial insects.
FLEA MARKETS. Pick your location and see if anyone is selling honey there. If not, everyone will be looking for you booth once you have honey and crafts to sell!
COMMUNITY CLUBS and SUMMER CAMPS. Do you think beekeeping would be a great club or summer camp activity?! We do! It's definitely something different that your kids will talk about for years and remember for the rest of their lives! Make low cost foods, supplements, and sources of cool crafts they can make for mom and dad.
Natural Beehives Have Their Own Distinctive Shapes & Sizes
Propolis Is A Type of Glue Bees Make Use To Seal & Cover Open Spaces In The Hive!
Mayor Julie, a Great Person, Hospice Nurse, & Mother of a Service Member!
Thank you for Being a Honey Bee City Beekeeper & for Helping People!!
Mayor Julie calls her Honeybees her "Girls" and We Love How She Helps Save the Bees!
This is a great charitable organization with great people, excellent leaders, and tremendous, selfless volunteers doing beneficial things for kids, the needy, and the homeless. We urge our Mayors and other fans to support Gifts2Give. Just click the image at left! We now know that honeybees are involved in charitable giving with Honey Bee City! Thank you, Gifts2Give!
The Behive's Internal Structure Consists Of Hexagonal Cells That Store Baby Bees, Pollen, & Honey
BUDDHIST TEMPLES. Legend has it that just before the Buddha's enlightenment, a young woman named Sujàtà offered him a bowl of milk rice and honey, a meal that gave him the strength for his final struggle. Honey has been a part of Buddhist vegan diets for hundreds of years, and beekeeping is not just a worthy trade, but a good example provided by the Buddha of how people should live and work!
MINORITY DEVELOPMENT. Many often equate beekeeping with country 4-H clubs and county fairs, but everyone can become involved in this wonderful trade. You can get started with the basic beekeeping kit and packaged bees! The bees don't care if they're located on a downtown roof or a concrete spot! There is a shortage of minority keepers, so think of the possibilities when it comes to honey and craft sales!
Not just a beekeeper & animal caregiver, Beekeeper W.C. is also a Butterfly Conservationist!!!
We designed a Butterfly Area Sign that he proudly displays on his property!
W.C. has about 7 hives and he's a veteran, so we love him!
Thanks, Beekeeper W.C. We're waiting for more photos of your hives & bees to put on our website!
POLLINATION. Most people have flowers in their yards and on their terraces, and many people keep flower pot or small gardens, too. Honey bees forage and visit thousands of flowers in their search for nectar. As they do, pollen attaches to their bodies and is distributed as they forage. One of our partners here is a gardener who stopped after two years of diminished produce simply because no bees were pollinating his vegetables. We have neighbors who have planted bee friendly flowers, only to see no bees visit their beautiful blossoms! Since bees have limited foraging ranges, you'll find that the shortage of city bees is affecting the vitality of plants and gardens in your neighborhood!
HINDU TEMPLES. In Hinduism, honey, or Madhu, is one of the five holy nectars. Honey has been used in many Hindu ceremonies for centuries We look forward to learning more from our Hindu customers about how beekeeping can be incorporated into your religious community!
RENAISSANCE FESTIVALS/REENACTERS. We love going to festivals, where roving honey merchants would shout at passersby about the candles, wax wares, and honey they had for purchase! We also like military historical places, where reenactments from every time in our history take place. Show people how beekeepers and honey vendors plied their wares during those times by becoming a character or vendor during such festivals! It's a great way to sell honey, too!
So many things are killing our honeybees in the United States: Colony Collapse Disorder, Insecticides, Herbicides, Viruses, & Parasites. Many people think beekeeping is just for farmers people living in the country, but beekeeping has an important niche in our cities & suburbs, where flowers, gardens, & landscaping areas also need to be pollinated. Because cities are subjected to less poisons that can kill bees, urban beekeepers can be a tremendous help in restoring dwindling bee populations! You can also supply beneficial, natural honey, beeswax, and honeycomb to friends & family. Most of all, you'll be able to expose and educate members of your church, synagogue, mosque, and community about the plight of the bees. Since people need bees to live, your human contribution is priceless.
SCOUTING. Two of our partners were Boy Scouts before joining military service, so we think scouting is a fantastic place for beekeeping! We remember beekeeping merit badges for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, so who knows, maybe it will become popular again,
thanks to urban beekeepers! It will foster den and troop cohesion, not to mention that having honey at camporees, jamborees, and camping trips is never a bad thing!
CULINARY ARTS. Many beekeepers and honey vendors specialize in culinary arts! Cooking, baking, frying - the sky is the limit when it comes to culinary innovations! Producing your own honey provides you with endless possibilities to awe your family & friends with new healthy recipes (or just surf the net for some great ones! By the way, culinary colleges will love buying pure honey from you, too!
Women's Clubs/Female Empowerment. Beekeeping is a wonderful way to maximize sisterhood and female unity through common projects that can uplift girls and teach independence, creative thinking, and business development! Most honeybees are females, after all, so why not learn from the best female examples on Earth!?
CONSERVATION. Bees are one of nature's most essential insects. They are the only insect that provides food to human beings! Their populations and health are suffering and on the decline, often because of herbicides, pesticides, and insect repellents used by human beings. Most of us don't think about how spraying crops and gardens to kill pests also kill honey bees. Owning your own active beehive will contribute greatly to increasing healthy bee populations that will spawn and create more beehives in trees in your local area.
Honey Bee City Mayor Beekeeper Bill & Gifts2Give Youth Mayors!
Gifts2Give's Honey Bee City pollinated 1,150 lbs of Tomatoes that were harvested in the Fall 2016 and donated to a Food Shelter, volunteers, and some unknown needy residents! Honey Bee City donated hats and a veil for a special little lady for the Youth Mayors!
Mayor Kristine, a true fan of the Erie Canal area and new Mayor!
Thank you for your input about the Erie Canal!!
Mayor Kristine's bees look like they're already busy pollinating her garden!
About Us - Veteran-Owned
SENIORS. Whether you're in a residential senior community, apartment, or single family home, beekeeping can keep you and your group of friends busy, please your need for sweets with diabetic friendly honey, and you can form craft groups to expand your interests!
FUND RAISING. If you're looking to raise money for your group or organization during the fall and winter months, beekeeping can be a positive way to do it. In with four seasons, honey is usually harvested from your hive in late summer. Once placed into containers, honey is a reasonably priced food item that never goes bad and is always needed by consumers. You can approximately plan for 40lbs or more of pure honey from one Honey Bee City hive system, but you can always increase your hives and colonies to make more honey. You should also consider making crafts from beeswax as well, which make for great fund raising products!
Mayor Mark from Southwest Ranches, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
BEESMANSHIP. This is a Beekeeper Rick word, and it's definitely urban lingo! It describes a bond, the pairing, between the apiarist and his honey bees! Rick calls honey bees God's Little Flying Angels. When Beekeeper Rick is around bees, any bees, he changes and becomes a different person - more tranquil, reverent, and reflective. When Rick's love for the bees evolved our other two partners into new beekeepers, it was amazing to watch them working so hard. Standing next to your beehive, you can actually hear them humming as one form, sounding like an idling sports car! We have learned, and Beekeeper Rick has taught, that beesmanship is the essence of man and bee, living and working in harmony. It is truly unique, and honey bees may be the only semi-domesticated insects that interact with mankind.
(The Mayor of Honey Bee City!)
Mayor Laura, a Photographer, Nurse, & Mother!
Thank you for Tropical Colors, Being a Mayor & for Caring for People!!
Mayor Laura is one of our Chandlers and makes beautiful beeswax candles!
SYNAGOGUES. While the Torah describes the Land of Israel as “flowing with milk and honey,” and pure honey that is properly prepared has been considered kosher, beekeeping is a fantastic trade for your congregation and youth to practice! It can be used as food, for crafts, or for Jewish holy celebrations like Rosh Hashanah. Consult with your local rabbi
for further uses!
SOCIAL BONDING. Honey and other gifts from the hive have a way of bringing people together in good conversation and beneficial gathering. Beekeepers always have stories to tell, and age old secrets to share! Like the little bees that you'll care for, you'll increase your need for social contact, and for sharing the wonderful gifts that honey bees provide!