The Rocky Mountain Survivor Queen Bee Cooperative is an educational based service organization whose mission is to build capacity via sustainable honeybee stock improvement programs and management, professional development opportunities, rural entrepreneurship, native pollinator promotion and apitherapy (medicinal use of bee products).
Participating members in the cooperative are committed to a chemical free approach and local conditioning of their bees, networking together to help educate by conducting outreach events for area beekeepers and concerned community members.
The RMSQB Cooperative began as an out of pocket pilot project in 2011 between beekeepers in the southern Rocky mountains of northern New Mexico. The RMSQB Cooperative’s survivor stock breeding program selects stock based on longevity as both vertical and horizontal designed hives with localized stock are tested in the various rugged topographies of the Land of Enchantment.
In 2012, the Cooperative received funding from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research Education and attempted to coordinate survivor stock queen honeybee exchanges between beekeepers in higher elevations of New Mexico and Colorado (wwwsare.org #FW12-096).
In 2013, the Rocky Mountain Survivor Queenbee Cooperative was recognized with a Sustainable Santa Fe award for Climate Adaptability. Also in 2013, a New Mexico Department of Agriculture Ag Advance and Product Promotion grant was awarded to the cooperative for professional development events at the local, national and international levels and further promoted exchanges of survivor stock among participants.
In 2014, the RMSQB Cooperative has organized an extensive North to South New Mexico Benefit Pollinator Lecture Series with renowned researchers. See blog for details and to register.
Upcoming programming includes apitherapy trainings, feral bee research and native pollinator production.