To the right is our staff. Left to right, you see Erika, Mike, and Jodi. Our honey house retail manager, Cassandra and Chris need
to join us for a picture soon. They all work together closely to keep things buzzing along smoothly in the honey house, the office and out in the beeyards.
Mike is our beekeeper. He purchased the business after working under the previous beekeeper for several years, picking up all the skills and know-how of running the business. When he's not keeping bees or building beekeeping equipment, Mike enjoys family time with his wife, Erika. He also enjoys working away on projects ranging from tree-planting and woodworking to innovating more efficient ways to get things done. When you see him, ask him what his latest project is!
Erika is our office and production manager. She takes care of our bookkeeping, our wholesale customers, and our honey bottling system. Erika also enjoys caring for her chickens and the flower, herb and vegetable gardens you can see on our farm. Winter brings her more time to relax and listen to her record collection, play piano or work on sewing projects.
Jodi was our honey house retail manager for 6 years. In spring 2019, Jodi started pursuing her own business, Huckleberry Hives, full time. You'll still catch her helping out one day a week at Nith Valley Apiaries though, so say hi if you happen to see her around!
Cassandra is our honey house retail manager, and is often the person you'll meet in the honey house. She does most of our social media updating and online communication. Cassandra has been making beeswax candles for 7 years. She is excited to learn about the honey bee industry and share her experience with you along the way.
Chris joined our team in May 2019. He is learning alongside Mike what it takes to be a full time beekeeper. When he isn't getting stung by honey bees he enjoys travelling the world, since he knows how to speak 3 different languages (English, Spanish, German). Chris enjoys spending his free time training for triathlons. Next time you see Chris welcome him to Nith Valley Apiaries team.