Business Spotlight: Humble Bumble Bee Farm
The Georgia Virtue Business Spotlight series features local businesses that are the backbone of our communities. The series is sponsored by Bulloch Solutions.
Beekeeping for the Kimbrells started out as a hobby that was supposed to help make the garden easier in their backyard. Now it’s a booming business that sold them in the first year and acquired local apiaries and traveled out of state in the second year.
Two years ago Jennifer and Curtis Kimbrell planted a garden and thought it would be a good idea to have bees to pollinate plants and crops. A family friend who kept bees had a large garden and needed help with a tractor. A little bartering and some knowledge exchange allowed the Kimbrells to get their first hive. They enjoyed having the bees and soon after the friend donated all of his beehives due to being transferred out of state to work. The hive grew to ten, then twenty, and quickly 85 after acquiring another apiary in Richmond Hill and soon they began to respond to requests for bee deliveries out of state to help other farmers and producers with their cultures.
The abundance of bees, honey and the needs within the beekeeping community have all helped to pollinate what is now called Humble Bumblebee Farm.
Jennifer and Curtis are each fascinated by the different complexities of beekeeping – whether it is the thoroughness of timing and placement of bee boxes or the family and community structure of bees in their hive or the simple way. but perfect whose bees produce and collect honey for collection. The two spend a lot of time watching videos, reading and learning from other members of the beekeeping community.
When it’s time to get dressed, Curtis takes care of most of the beekeeping management, but they extract the honey together and Jennifer coordinates the packaging and delivery.
Humble Bumble Honey is unique because it is not heat treated. They use a filter cloth to clean out any large wax, but the pollen, the microbits of wax, and all the huge health benefits you find in honey remain. All locally distributed honey comes from bees raised in Bulloch County or very close to Bulloch County. The Kimbrells research plant resources and the honeydew opportunity before placing a bee box outside one of their current locations.
As for traveling with beehives, they currently have relationships with growers as far north as North Carolina where they help pollinate for hardwood honey and as far south as Florida to help with orange trees and blueberries. Bees must travel at night and they move in tow for their safety. Pollination quickly became a side part of the business, but the main focus remains the local distribution of honey.
“We really want to provide it to anyone who wants it. It has been a huge blessing and we appreciate it, ”Jennifer said.
Honey does not expire, so you can make as much as you want. Locally, Humble Bumble Bee Farm can be purchased online from the Market2Go site for the Statesboro Market, the local store inside the Statesboro Visitors and Convention Bureau, Cool Beanz Espresso (which also uses honey in their teas and coffees!) , Hot Vintage Market in Statesboro, and Ogeechee Steamers on Hwy 301. Occasionally, you can also grab them at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Statesboro.
If you’re looking for a personal touch, Humble Bumble Bee Farm offers free local delivery. Here’s how to reach them: