Hi, my name is Tony Pisano. Here at Berkshire Farms Apiary, we’ve been keeping bees, harvesting honey, making pure beeswax candles, lip balm, and hand salve since 2005. Our goals are to help to educate people about the value of honeybees in our lives, and to share what we have learned with you, whether you are interested in keeping honey bees, or just want to learn more about these fascinating creatures.
“The Berkshires” is a county in Western Massachusetts. We are in the northern portion and have a few hives in my hometown of North Adams, and some in Clarksburg, Cheshire, and Williamstown. We are literally minutes from the southern Vermont border and about an hour from Albany, NY.
We are mostly hill towns with a few small cities mixed in. North Adams is the smallest city in the state with a pop. of about 13,000. This is a great place to keep bees, with a good mix of open, wooded, and farm land.
We usually have first dandelions in late April/early May, and our first frost sometime in September. There is usually something in bloom throughout the whole season with the abundance of weeds flowering trees, small farms and backyard gardens.
We never know what summer will bring. 2011 was very dry and 2010 it rained about 80% of the time. On average, bees find plenty of forage throughout the summer and the hives build up nicely.
Fall is an amazing time here in western MA. We live right in the middle of an artist’s masterpiece. All of the senses are flooded with beauty.
We hope to make this a “how to” place to come for beekeepers new and old by writing articles with a wide range of interest. We’ll not only help you choose and assemble equipment, but also show you how to make much of the stuff yourself, from something as simple as an entrance reducer, right down to a fixture for assembling your home made slatted racks. We hope you will sign up to recieve our updates and return again and again. Happy Beekeeping!