Welcome to Parker Bees.

Treatment-Free Beekeeping for All

I am committed to educating beekeepers, young and old, new and....old, in how to keep bees in a treatment-free way which eliminates dependence on chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics, and other nasty stuff found in commercial honey supplies today.  I'm also committed to eliminating dependence on the back breaking and time and energy intensive manipulations that have come to be a part of beekeeping which many are indoctrinated into thinking they must perform to keep their bees alive.

What I'm trying to do here is not tell you how things must be done, but to show you how I know for a fact can be done successfully.  It is my goal over time to try out as many differing methods as possible and to write about them for you.

If you want to know how others have done it successfully, check out the Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast, which features interviews from around the world.

If you'd like to connect with other treatment-free beekeepers, visit the Treatment-Free Beekeepers Facebook Group, where you'll find more than 14,000 beekeepers from around the world.

If you have a specific question about beekeeping, read some of my articles to the left.  If you still need some help, feel free to email me and I'll try to get back to you as soon as I can.  If you're local to Medford Oregon, check the Products page to see if there's anything available you might like to buy.  At times I have queens, nucs, wax, and maybe some other things. 

On the blog, I usually upload a picture of what the home yard looks like with every post. Here, I just upload the most recent one I have whenever I get a chance.  This one is a fresh picture of my new home yard.  You can see my current 14 living hives, of which two are all mediums, and one is a Cube Hive.  This new location is very desert like, you can see the sand, but many wild flowers and a nearby stream that runs all year.

New Home Yard



February 2017:  In response to demand for my services as a speaker, I have created a page that outlines how you can have me speak at your beekeeping get together, on any number of topics.  I have also set up a new Square store, so watch that for new products coming soon.

February 2016:  After having successfully made the move to Medford Oregon, I have decided to (for the time being) be a full time beekeeper.  I have changed the name of my company to Parker Bees.  This year I plan to catch as many swarms as possible and ramp up for nuc and queen production, and a little honey on the side.

April 2015:  Just in time for the 12th anniversary of the day I got my bees, I have just created a map which shows suppliers of treatment-free bees.

August 2014:  Things are going more or less swimmingly.  You can see the picture of the new yard above, had to move the bees again due to a persnickety neighbor.  Down to 14 hives, however, many of those are doing quite well and are heavy with honey as I have just discovered first hand.

July 2014:  The Treatment-Free Beekeeping Podcast is now available.  Please subscribe on your favorite podcast listening software or just click the link and listen.  Also, please send me questions, comments, or topics through the Contact Page or through the Facebook Group.  I promise, the quality will improve, I'm working on intro music.

April 2014:  I've now moved to Denver, Colorado.  My bees are now located in Franktown, Colorado.  I'm slowly updating the website to reflect some of the changes.

September 2013:  I have started a Facebook group now in case you are tired of discussing beekeeping with people who see no other way to do things than by treating.  I have gotten a lot of abuse from the treating crowd and it's nice to have a safe space to talk about how to do this.