We move our hives to the blue borage
fields in late June, so that our bees can collect nectar to make Borage Honey, one of the
clearest honeys you can find.
Thousands of acres of borage (borago officianalis) are grown
for its small black seeds which are harvested and crushed to make borage oil,
or starflower oil as it is often called on the health food shop shelves.
The oil is very valuable and farmers and beekeepers have a mutually
beneficial relationship; we get lots of honey and farmers get more seed as their flowers are
pollinated by our bees.Borage flowering coincides with the maximum population of our
hives which can reach 50,000 - 60,000 bees in each.