SunLife BootahBees Real Honey Drizzle

We’re Building a Village of BootahBees

They account for 1/3 of the food we consume. Without them, Einstein theorized humans would not exist. The world’s bee population is in trouble. We beelieved that SunLife Farm and Ranch could harbor at least a million of them to start out. So we’re developing a world to safely accommodate their intricate life work while creating a local food. Welcome to Bootahville. A full bee farm support village made from our very own creation. We started with Russian Honeybees. Threw a pair of boots on each of them and let ‘em pollinate. What we ended up with is a whole lot of characters – starting with Queen Bootah herself.

The SunLife Cause. Building Bootahful Bee Systems

We are growing our colonies in 2021 and should have over a million bees once our 20 new hives are set into place. We’re creating quite the infrastructure around them and enhancing the opportunities for visitors to really experience the daily life of bees and their importance to the ecosystem. Check out our dedicated pages below to learn more.

BootahBee Honey Products

With the added Bootah colonies coming in 2021, we will be stepping up our product line. Our 2020 honey production received excellent reviews and we’re excited to launch many of our planned BootahBee products.
The primary source of nectar for our bees will be derived from our farms lavender plants, gardens and wildflowers found on the 160 acre property. Nearby are thousands of acres of Ochoco foothills and mountains. The wildflowers are abundant for our bees. Neighboring alfalfa fields an added bonus.

Learning from the Master

Starting a bee colony for production takes planning, education and drive. We embarked on the process and found an incredible Master Beekeeper in Jimmie Wilkie of Broadus Bees in Bend Oregon.
Jimmie’s expertise led us to the purchase of two full hives, staffed with purebred Russian Honey Bee Queens and their workers. We’ll be adding an additional 20 hives in 2021.We opted to rename them as our own. This is how BootahBees came about. We are excited to have our experience include Jimmie and his production knowledge.

Bootahville will be the center piece of the planned annual Summer festival called Bootahfest and our Winter festival called BootahClausFest.

Drizzle in Bootahville

At SunLife Farm, we discovered so much in what the land has to offer. There are two areas that a previous owner planted a Ponderosa Pine grove. The grove, heavily populated and neglect of management over the years, we found many dead or dying trees due to a density smothering, lack of moisture and light.

We marked the areas as priority and had a vision to create an environment that could manage production and experience centers for our lavender, honey, other products and programs. Designed to be a walk through forest village with small little structures of unique quality, visitors will find open areas providing educational exhibits, art, entertainment, beverages, treats and private picnicking areas as a reprieve from the Central Oregon summer heat. 

BOOTAHFEST – Celebrating Life & Harvest

The village we’re creating is Bootahville and of course our celebration festivals will be Bootahfest and BootahClausFest.

BOOTAHCLAUSFEST – CELEBRATING END OF YEAR

Bootahfest was conceptualized as a planned festival to celebrate several things dear to us. First, would be our LOVE of Boots. This dates back 25 years to when Jeff (The Purple Farmer) first met SunLife Farm owner Amy in Austin Texas. Amy owned some boots that earned her the nickname of “Boots” in his world. Later, the nickname became “Bones” as the name Boots was bestowed to their incredible shelter dog pup and member of the SunLife Dog team. The pooch became affectionately known as BootahDog.
With orchard grass production, a common reference when it’s ready to be cut is known as “boot cut.” This means that when the grass reaches about boot height, it is ready to be cut and into baled hay. Our lavender too has its growth of flowers reach just about the same boot height level as orchard grass and July usually means it is time for harvesting.
We love the name Bootah™ so much that you can expect to find most everything around this farm referred to as Bootah something. Our queen bees are Queen Bootah’s. The bees are all BootahBees. 

BOOTAH – BeeBurbs

Our Version of the Suburbs

Imagine a place where you can observe a full ecosystem at work day in and day out. Where birds build their nest inside the juniper tree limbs, or take refuge in many of our own manufactured bird boot houses of which to lay and hatch their offspring. Or see hundreds of thousands of bees coming in and out of their carefully guarded hives after gathering nectar from wildflowers and lavender plants for up to a five mile radius.
Bootahville or the BeeBurbs is a place from which you can also begin a hiking journey over the course of 3+ miles of natural and carved pathways. Traversing natural hillsides full of sage brush and junipers, hikers can peak at high up lookout points granting views of the valley below and mountains beyond. This is what you can realize from the Bootah BeeBurbs at SunLife Farm.
In 2020, we tested out a couple of hives to see how they would adapt to the area. We fell in love with the experience of raising this kind of “livestock.” Now, we’re preparing for an additional 20 plus new hives that will take our bee population to over 1,000,000 bees by the Fall season. By design, we’re not just putting a bunch of boxes out here, we’re creating a haven for our Bootah’s.

In 2020, we tested out a couple of hives to see how they would adapt to the area. We fell in love with the experience of raising this kind of “livestock.” Now, we’re preparing for an additional 20 plus new hives that will take our bee population to over 1,000,000 bees by the Fall season. By design, we’re not just putting a bunch of boxes out here, we’re creating a haven for our Bootah’s.