Rhinebeck Swarm
Photo by Grai St. Clair Rice

We can learn many things, thru a love and respect for nature.

Honeybees are amazing, gentle creatures. They live in colonies which function as a single organism, each Honeybee working for the good of the whole. They nurture the beauty and fecundity of the earth with their gift of pollination, and through that pollination mankind gains strength, and nature diversity. Honeybees are also in dangerous decline, and we all need to take notice.

Modern society, with its suburban sprawl, genetically modified vegetation, and insecticides, as well as a plague of varroa mites, threatens the health of the Honeybee, and in turn our own survival on this planet. Backyard beekeepers, with a conscience towards respecting the needs of the Honeybee, can effect positive change in this balance. Farmers and the general public can also have a positive impact through simple choices about when to spray or mow, as well as planting trees and flowers that provide valuable food for both domestic and feral bees.

Beekeeping Classes in New Paltz, Hudson Valley & Brooklyn, New York City

Organic Beekeeping Classes & Apiary Services

Seasonal Class Offerings, Hive Tending and Hive Health Diagnosis
Swarm Collecting and Colony Removal


Celebrating our 12th Anniversary as HoneybeeLives in 2017

 HoneybeeLives Facebook Page

HoneybeeLives is an organization, based in the Hudson Valley, practicing Natural/Organic Beekeeping with a Biodynamic influence.  Chris Harp and Grai Rice teach intensive two-day beekeeping workshops in the winter in the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn, and seasonal hands-on classes in the New Paltz apiary in spring and late summer.  HoneybeeLives also provides a wide-range of apiary services to CSA farms and private estates in NY and CT.

The focus of HoneybeeLives’ work is to encourage and support the health of the honeybee by nurturing knowledgeable, loving and confident beekeepers and property owners.  Broadening the general public’s understanding and appreciation of the honeybee, and their role in honeybee health is another focus of HoneybeeLives’ work.

HoneybeeLives has conducted beekeeping classes at The Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamic Agriculture, the Sustainable Living Resource Center and The Commons in Brooklyn.  Chris Harp and Grai Rice have presented talks at NOFA NY and NOFA NJ Winter conferences, Eastern Apiculture Society and at numerous beekeeping associations and garden clubs. 

A gift of Honeybees is a gift of Life.

Chris Harp & Grai St. Clair Rice
New Paltz & New York City 




National Honey Bee Day
August 19, 2017


New York City Honey Fest
September 23rd, 2017