For 35 years, David Miksa produced queens, made comb honey, and pollinated crops in several states and the Bahamas. He has spent the last 16 years full time at his and Linda’s Florida farm, now grown to 300 acres, where he has planted many specialty bee herbs and trees since 1971. Linda is from Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin, and David is from Transfer, Pennsylvania. They have been married for 45 years, and have 6 children and 11 grandchildren.

Queen Rearing at Miksa Honey Farm

This session is a walk in David and Linda Miksa’s shoes from the beginning of their queen-rearing season that started in June 2015 and ends November 2016. This past June, they began their 2017 season. Grafting for 9 consecutive months a year racks up millions of cell cups of grafting experience. They have found that the main factors for success are Family, location, location, and location. They will share their methods and tools.

Sharing 65 Years of Beekeeping Experiences

Having exposure to honey bees at a very early crawling age where both parents worked bees probably encouraged David’s obsession with them. His father was a honey producer and did pollination. As the oldest, he had to develop his wings early. His first job outside of home was at Cornell University in 1961, where he earned a lot of connections through Dr. R.A. Morse and staff. Thus, he landed a job at USDA in Madison, Wisconsin. After 5 years, during which he was also building his own bee operation, David became a full-time commercial beekeeper.  For 35 years, he produced queens, made comb honey, and pollinated crops in several states and the Bahamas. He has spent the next 16 years full time at his and Linda’s Florida farm, which has grown to 300 acres, with the planting of many specialty bee herbs and trees since 1971.