north coast apiaries
who we are
North Coast Apiaries is North America’s sole PermApiculture research organization. We stand at the forefront of the emerging field of sustainable beekeeping and through our work with local farmers and citizens, we promote and preserve pollinator health and habitat. Founder and director Miles Sarvis-Wilburn believes that ecological crisis-driven challenges can be strategically approached and he created North Coast Apiaries as a pragmatic attempt to make real, concrete change at the ground level.
Initial program development began in 2016 with a grant from the Oregon Institute for Creative Research in Portland. In 2017, the organization was founded and is currently centered in West Sonoma County, California and a pilot project has begun at the Nye Ranch Farm in Mendocino County, California.
what we do
We practice PermApiculture, a form of non-invasive sustainable beekeeping created by Argentinian master beekeeper, Oscar Perone. Mr. Perone writes that this “is a system of beekeeping designed to imitate the bees’ habitat in nature as closely as possible." Through the use of a top-bar Perone beehive, PermApiculture provides the bees with their three greatest needs: lots of space, lots of food, and lots of peace. In addition, we do not treat our bees with antibiotics nor are pesticides or fungicides used in or near the hive. Honey is harvested only once a year and human intervention in the hive is limited. In sharp contrast to commercial beekeeping with its industrial roots, North Coast Apiaries exists for the health of the bees and by extension, the ecosystems they pollinate.
Our goals are to expand the pilot PermApiculture program into Sonoma County and to engage the bee-keeping community in a dialogue of pollinator centered change. The organization’s three main components are: Field-Work, Educational Outreach and Research.
The first thing that bees need is habitat. You can support your local pollinators by planting and maintaining drought-resistant, pollinator-friendly, pesticide and fungicide free, native flowering plants. Please see the Habitat page for information on what to plant in your particular region.
You could also consider hosting a hive. We construct our hives by hand using natural wood, milk paint, and recycled materials. Each hive situation is unique, however, and thus is subject to its own on-site contract regarding maintenance, honey harvesting, and longevity. If you have questions and/or are interested in hosting a hive, contact North Coast Apiaries via the form below.