Frequently asked questions
How do I get started?
Simple! Contact us and we will schedule a free site inspection to see if your location is suitable for our local honeybee hives.
If your location is not suitable for hive hosting, Hive Sponsorship allows you to support a biodynamic bee hive in a neighborhood near you.
Do I need a big yard or rooftop to host hives?
No! Urban beekeeping takes advantage of many spaces - both conventional and unconventional! If you have a patio, flat rooftop, yard or farm - we would be happy to work with you.
What is Biodynamics?
Biodynamics is a conscious, holistic, and responsible way of farming, gardening and beekeeping, which brings healing to soil, plants, animals, people, and planet. Each unique and self-sustaining farm or apiary contributes generously to the ecological, economic, social, and spiritual vitality of its surrounding community, and the whole living Earth. Biodynamic farmers, beekeepers and gardeners observe the rhythms and cycles of the earth, sun, moon, stars, and planets and seek to understand the subtle ways that the environment and wider cosmos influence the growth and development of plants and animals.
The biodynamic approach to keeping honeybee colonies is based on respecting the natural intelligence and integrity of the colony. Our goal is to promote the health of bees by minimizing stressors, by allowing them to develop in accordance with their true nature. Bees are allowed to build natural comb, and swarming is acknowledged as the only way to rejuvenate and reproduce a colony, and is therefore mimicked by controlled management. Our queens are allowed to move freely throughout the hive; and sufficient honey is retained in the hive to provide for the winter.
Do I get to keep the honey from my hives?
Yes! You receive a share of your own hyper-local honey when you host hives with Mystic Sister. And this is no ordinary honey. Mystic Sister is Toronto's only beekeeping company to offer plastic free and biodynamic hive services. That means your honey will not only be hyper local, but of the highest quality on the market.
Why work with Mystic Sister?
Mystic Sister Apiaries is not your average beekeeping company. We take pride in offering the most natural hive management services in Toronto. We offer small batch, seasonally harvested, artisanal honey that exceeds organic standards. Our quality and ethical standards are unmatched and we guarantee that the health of our bees is our top priority.