When we started Hudson Hives 3 years ago, we knew we wanted to build our apiary a little differently. Sustainability, community and care are our three founding principles, and we practice each of these in every aspect of our business.
While many other beekeepers might see bees as a commercial opportunity, and honey as nothing more than a commodity, we see it as something greater. Beekeeping, and honey production are some of the oldest practices in civilization. The ancient Egyptians kept bees, and so we see our humble operation as part of a long and wonderful lineage that stretches back thousands of years.
Our approach means we neither use our bees for commercial pollinating operations, nor dilute our honey with artificial additives. Instead, we focus on letting our bees roam and forage freely. Our hives are located on our biodynamic farm, which has herb & flower gardens, as well as carefully selected neighboring backyard gardens, orchards and local farms. We believe that this not only creates a better product, but is best for our bees’ health, which is reflective of who we are.
Just as Mother Nature intended, our honey is raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, and harvested in micro batches which retains all of the antioxidants, amino acids and pollen that is lost in large-scale produced honey. Each honey is unique in color, aroma and flavor as a result of the nectar and pollen collected by our bees.
Finally, we support other local beekeepers in our community. This not only lets us offer a broader range of varietals, but also, it ensures that our community, like the hives it supports, remains strong and healthy.
Stephen & Jen
Co-Founders & Owners
Husband & Wife Team
Beekeeper & Herbalist
The Hudson Hives' Team
Stephen is a beekeeper and first became interested in bees in Ireland where a family member was a beekeeper. Stephen was trained through the Worcester County Beekeepers Association and is a member.
In his spare time Stephen is a British Reinacter. You can find him on Lexington Green on Patriots Day
Jen is a certified herbalist and aromatherapist and formulates and handcrafts all the products using honey and beeswax from Hudson Hives’ bees and herbs from their garden.
Jen loves to spend time outdoors hiking, kayaking or paddle boarding, doing yoga and is obsessed with hippy vans
Their daughter Emma,13, is a budding herbalist and beekeeper and is a big help in the care of the bees and herbs.
Emma plays soccer, is a gymnast and cheerleader and loves stand up paddle boarding
Tulare is our 2 year old border collie and keeps all the woodchucks and other critters away from our gardens. He's very interested in the bees.
Tulare is awesome at frisbee and will play for hours if you let him. Throw him a frisbee and you'll have a new bestie