Tom Wilk with our first hive in 2012
In February 2012 Tom Wilk head beekeeper at Wilk Apiary took The New York City Beekeepers Association Beekeeping Course with Andrew and Norm Cote. From that tentative beginning we have grown to having 9 apiaries with 31 hives in Queens, Nassau County, Ulster County and Orange County all in New York State.
Our main focus is to raise colonies of honey bees in New York City. We usually have just a hive or two per location. These locations are hosted by environmentally aware people who want to help the honeybees by having us put hives on their property. If a site is large enough and there seems to be enough forage space to accommodate more honeybees we will consider placing more hives.
While it sometimes gets crazy going to multiple sites inspecting and servicing the honeybees, we like the idea of bringing honeybees to as many areas as we can.
We sell honey from our hives as well as other places to help pay for the costs involved with keeping honeybees in New York.
In November of 2018 Tom founded the Queens Beekeepers Guild, Inc. which is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization formed to help beekeepers in Queens grow their knowledge and to educate the local public on the importance of honeybees as well as our native pollinators.
In July 2019 Tom Wilk became a Certified Master Beekeeper at Cornell University's Dyce Labs for Honeybee Studies.