Sadly, after restructuring the company in order to develop the state operator program, and investing so much into that program on top of major health issues, we were forced to close and enter bankruptcy upon the exiting of many of the operators due to some false allegations made on another website. All creditors have been listed in the bankruptcy and you should receive a notice of this in the mail. We took a large risk in the hopes that we could benefit the industry in great ways by creating a future of specifically localized acclimated genetics, and with the fall of that program and failing health, we have lost too much to be able to survive the damages.
There are still several excellent producers with our stocks, and we will continue to refer incoming requests to them. With the closing of the company, all production, retail, and wholesale activities were halted. This website will instead be used as an educational tool for Robert Russell to personally reach the many supporters that seek his advice. These writings will of course include a multitude of beekeeping and gardening topics, such as management techniques, selection methods, equipment construction, pest and disease control, and evolutionary theory, as well as an interesting and very personal look at the connections between our diets and the fight against cancer.
You will find a wonderful online community in our forums where you can discuss bee keeping practices and learn from the experiences of professionals from around the globe.
Click on Locations Near You! to find a Russell Apiaries operation closest to you and follow the link to their website for production queens that are acclimated to your area as well as local sources for Nucs, Woodenware, and other supplies! These operations and their websites can also be located by going to our Links page. Each of these operations has a Blog that you can follow to get a glimpse into the life and beekeeping methods of the Russell Apiaries in your area.
One of the other resources is our Instructionals page which is a continually expanding list of instructional advice about the methods of bee keeping and optimizing the capabilities of your apriaries. This page is not available at this time, as it is receiving some additions that require it to be turned off during the process. Please check back at a later date to see if it is back up.
You will also find a Links page to help you find other resources which also includes a list of Russell Apiaries operations and links to each one's website.
Russell Apiaries Family
The main operation of Russell Apiaries will not be taking in any new orders for production queens from public buyers so that we may return our focus to our supplying our commercial customers and our research and developement. However, we have established satalite operations across the country. These operations are specifically dedicated to provide the public with Russell Apiaries genetics produced under the same scrutiny and quality standards that have been the benchmark for Russell Apiaries. Maticulous planning and direction has gone into developing these operations in strategic locations to implement a Local Adaptation Program that will continue to produce acclimated genetics for each region that they serve. This allows the customers to not only have a Local supplier to communicate with directly, but also provides them with genetics that are specifically adapted for their own climates, improving survival, production, and the ability to overcome the threats of pests and diseases that have threatened honey bees and beekeeping more and more over the past several decades.
Holdover/Transfer orders and Cancellations
Due to the many struggles that we have faced during the 2012 season with the storm damages, a large turn over of office staff, and the discovery of major health issues of our administration, there were significant breaks in our abilities to communicate with our customers. As a result, a small amount orders were not shipped. While the majority of the customers that were effected by this have rescheduled their deliveries to spring of 2013, you are welcome to request that we cancel your order instead if you would prefer. To have your 2012 order shipped in 2013 by the main company, shipped by your Local Russell Apiaries location, or request a cancellation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org