Bountiful nectar sources exist in the meadows and forests of Virginia's countryside. We "keep" our bees using organic principles, natural substances and herbs to deter insect pests and intruders. Our bees are never exposed to chemicals or pesticides. Colonies of bees are placed on organic farms or private estates in remote locations during prime bloom times enabling the bees to gather nectar flows beginning in early spring. The earliest choices are orchard varieties: apple, pear, peach, blueberries, wild bramble thickets provide red and blackberry flowers while stands of Tulip Poplar trees beckon from the woods. Summer follows very soon in our climate with Wild Rose and Purple Vetch appearing in early summer to tempt our busy friends. Summer wildflowers follow, producing medleys, rich and varied in flavor and combination. Autumn fields are painted with the deep rich colors of purple aster, sumac and goldenrod, adding darker color and more complex flavors to our honey. All too soon, the cycle comes to a close for another year as the bees reduce their numbers naturally as nectar flow diminishes. Bees will form a nucleus in the hive and keep warm through vibration, utilizing honey stores they have gathered to sustain the colony over Winter. Rising temperatures in Spring promotes plant growth and nectar flows and soon the cycle beings again.