From the Farm:

University of Georgia

A Sweet Partnership for Honey Bee Health

We couldn’t bring the highest quality honey to your table without the bees. They do all the work—we just bottle it! That’s why we’re committed to honey bee health. It’s true that no one knows for sure what’s contributing to colony collapse, among other honey bee health issues, so we’re putting our investment for the future in the hands of those committed to learning the cause and coming up with a solution. To us, that’s true sustainability! We’ve decided to partner up with leading universities studying honey bee health to find a sustainable solution for the future of honey bees and all their hard work makes possible.

The University of Georgia is an obvious fit for Nature Nate’s because of the their very specialized Honey Bee Program. The UGA Honey Bee Program has a long history of improving honey bee health and management through applied research, much of which has been done side by side with beekeeper cooperators, as well as through region-wide leadership in adult continuing education. The beekeeping knowledge here is unmatched in the area.

The UGA Honey Bee Program has undertaken projects with the USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, National Institutes of Health and more. The importance of what they’re doing on a daily basis is something we are eager to help drive in whatever way we can.

“We’re committed to serving the entire honey ecosystem, from beekeepers to global communities, beginning with the bees,” said Nathan Sheets, a.k.a. Nature Nate himself. “We’re proud to support the Honey Bee Program at UGA and their research that will directly impact the health and evolution of bees and beekeepers across the U.S. for many years to come. With our manufacturing plant in Valdosta, along with the University’s national partnerships, this was an easy decision to support a local program that brings so much to our industry.”

This investment is part of a larger conservation effort by Nature Nate’s. We provide industry-leading testing capabilities for our network of beekeepers to ensure that their honey is free from adulterants like commonly used pesticides and herbicides. We also support other apiary programs at leading universities, including Cornell University, University of Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University.

“To us, education is the key to finding a solution to the bee population issues and ensuring the health of bee colonies across the world. We are proud to support the groundbreaking research that these universities have undertaken,” continued Sheets.


Learn more about Nature Nate’s initiatives for honey bee health here.