In a time when everything we eat could be poisoned with pesticides or harmful chemical, it makes practical sense to keep Beekeeping natural. There are considerations when deciding to naturally raise your bees because anything the bee touches or ingests passes on to the honey you ingest. According to the Handbook for Natural Beekeeping, a book explaining aviary standards set by Certified Naturally Grown (or CNG) , there should be considerations on the hive position, hive construction (including the frames and foundations of the hive), wax processing, removal of the honey, and treatment of pests or diseases.
Concerning location, as the CNG states, the land (approximately 3 miles in radius!) “must be free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides” because the bees travel a distance—and so it can be tough to have a natural bee hive in residential areas where it’s hard to get away from any synthetic chemicals. As for location, direct sunlight is key, because rain or wetland brew chemicals. As for your hive, CNG explains that frames must be removable, ventilation is key for healthy bees, and “woodenware obtained as used equipment must be thoroughly scraped and/or scorched, or irradiated or ethylene oxide-fumigated.” As for the beeswax, no matter how natural beeswax might imply to be, it usually comes from commercial bee farms that use pesticides. CNG recommends that you use “only pure capping wax” from a local farm. As for pests, the best thing to do is keep your hive clean, well-ventilated, and free from any pesticides. Most of the time, if you keep the hive natural and make sure to scoop out any of the bees who die, the bees will use their own natural instincts to protect the hive from any predators.
A natural hive will produce the best tasting honey – that there’s no doubt.