It all started with a vivid dream in early 2010. The dream, or memory I should say, reminded me of a time years ago when I explored the hives at an apiary near my childhood home in New Jersey.
I immediately woke my wife in the middle of the night and explained to her why I thought this meant we should become urban beekeepers. While slightly confused and more than a little worried at first, she finally accepted the idea and soon after we were managing several colonies in the District of Columbia.
What initially started for the purpose of learning about bees and ways in which our family could become more self-sustainable, quickly turned into something more. News spread of our urban hives and neighbors began requesting our artisanal honey. It was at that time we saw the opportunity to offer our local Washington, DC honey in its most pure and raw form while sharing our passion, respect and appreciation for honey bees and what they do. Capital Honey Company LLC was born.
Our Colonies and Bees
The number of Capital Honey Company's colonies expanded significantly in the spring of 2012 and now includes anywhere between 15 and 20 hives. Our apiaries are all located within the District and are situated on a commercial rooftop and green pockets of land. We take great care to ensure the safety and well-being of our bees and those who live around them.
We practice a calm and peaceful approach to beekeeping, and employ careful methods so that no harmful practices or treatments interfere with the excellent quality of our honey or the health of our honeybees.
We work mainly with Italian honey bees, but also have several hives with Carniola/Russian honey Bees. These particular breeds are known for their comparable gentleness and excellent honey and comb production. Through selective breeding, integrated pest management, and the use of alternative non-chemical treatments, we work hard to create an apiary management system designed to eliminate sources of contamination to our products and honeybees.
Meet the Family
Capital Honey Company is a small family run sustainability-focused urban beekeeping operation. The four of us – my wonderful wife Yulia, our daughter Sofia, son Timothy and myself – all participate with company activities in some way. Since our honey is not mass produced, but rather, handcrafted from our bees and family directly, you can be certain it is all natural, 100% pure, and of the highest quality. We look forward to supplying you with wonderfully sweet and locally produced honey soon and hope you will enjoy every step with us along the way.