“I like pulling on a baggy bee suit, forgetting myself and getting as close to the bees' lives as they will let me, remembering in the process that there is more to life than the merely human.” ― Sue Hubbell, A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them
A Little About the Bee Farm
My name is Zach Dunham, the beekeeper at Dunham Bee Farm. Dunham Bee Farm is a family-run business nestled along the edge of west central Iowa's Loess Hills. Our farm is located about a mile west of Dunlap on Highway 37 and specializes in pure, raw honey. The bees, affectionately known as "my girls," make good use of the 300 acres of native timber we have with the wildflowers in it.
The honey I sell is only the honey from my colonies and hand-bottled by me so you can always be sure of the honey's origin. I do not extract honey from the brood boxes, ever, and then try to replace it with sugar water as some beekeepers do. Leaving this natural honey in the hive for the girls makes it far easier for them to face the cold Iowa winters. The only thing I filter out of my honey is the big pieces of wax. The only products I sell from the hive are the raw honey they make, just as they make it, with nothing added, and purified beeswax blocks. I do not collect pollen from my colonies as this is their only source of protein and is in great demand for rearing their young. There is significant research to indicate overwinter colony losses, and weak colonies in general, can be partly because of a protein deficiency within the hive. A person can rob a colony to death, which, in my humble opinion, is such a terrible waste of life from such magnificent creatures. The definition of the word “beekeeper” can be summed up by saying “the keeper of the bees”. That is why my main goal is to keep the bees: Keep them strong in numbers, strong in health and content in their homes. The bees and I thank you for your support and hope you enjoy our honey as much as we do.