VEBCOG’s mission is to increase the number of veterans qualified for farming/ranching as a career and beekeeping as an added value item is becoming synonymous with both. Our strategic plan includes the ability for disabled veterans to not only launch businesses such as beekeeping, but also to provide outlets for them to sell their produce, meats and bakery items.
We will also be able impact the decreasing number of bees existing worldwide by adding another bee sustainability format for individuals who are mobility challenged to assist in this most needed industry. It contains the same components, as the Langstroth except it has no specific honey supers and will allow us to have 2 AZ hives and 2 Langstroths.
Once we are operational we can educate the community and sponsors on the hive design that can eliminate most lifting by the beekeeper. The hive is worked from the rear. The rear door arrangement permits a much less intrusive inspection of the hive allowing access to all parts of the hive easily and immediately. When working the hive from the back, the beekeeper can stand or sit. In the front of the hive, there are two entrances for the bees- one on each level. Inside the hive, there are two levels for the bees with a queen excluder in the middle. This allows the workers to move throughout the entire hive.