What do you get when you combine chickens, goats, the Cincinnati Zoo’s retired peacocks, and plenty of bees into one location? Bee-lieve it or not, it’s Gaiser Bee Company.
Cory & Krystle Gaiser opened Gaiser Bee Company in April of 2017 in Monfort Heights, Ohio. The Gaiser’s interest for beekeeping blossomed after they started planting fruits and vegetables on their property. Low crop yields led to the realization that the problem was due to a lack of pollinators in the area. They attended conferences, gleaned information from other beekeepers, and visited bee farms in the area.
From there, the Gaisers bartered chickens for their first hives. The overwhelming interest from the community brought more opportunities for their business.
“We LOVE Cincinnati," exclaims Krystle. "We meet new people here every day that share our passion. It is truly amazing to be in a place like Cincinnati because of how strong the community is. My neighbors inspire me every day to continue doing what we do.”
Bee populations are seeing a rapid decline, with four species in the US at risk of extinction.
“Honeybees are dying at a rapid rate and there are so many things that are contributing to it,” Krystle explains. “The biggest challenges we face are pests and disease. There’s no hard and fast rule to beekeeping, so you really have to stay on your toes and just react to what they do. There are some best practices, but it seems as though the moment you think you have it figured out, the girls change their ways. So, it’s always a learning process, but is very fascinating.”
To help out and do their part, the Gaiser Bee Company offers beekeeping classes and have started a “Host A Hive” Program which allows people with any skill level the opportunity to become involved in the fight to save bees.
The Gaiser’s main goal is to grow their brand and continue to reach new people who share their same interests. They want to raise awareness of the importance of honeybees and continue to educate the public as to how important they really are.
FIND IT ALL ON THE FARM
Gaiser Bee Company sells raw honey, syrups, beekeeping equipment, fresh eggs, and handmade skincare products, like lip balms and lotions that contain beeswax from their farm. Their products can be found at local markets and stores, including Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rose & Remington, and the Cincinnati Zoo.
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Visit Gaiser Bee Company Monday-Friday 9 AM-4 PM. The farm is located at 3402 Kleeman Road (45211).