About School House Bees
School House Bees
Apiary and Honey Producer
School House Bees roots are founded in Morning View, Kentucky beginning in 1975. Ron Spille moved here to farm fruits and vegetables. To enhance his crop yield, Ron became a beekeeper. Over the years, Ron developed the business from providing friends and family with pure, local honey to being a provider to local, regional and national food retailers. By 2007, Carrie and Ron Spille had developed relationships with other regional beekeepers to keep the honey flowing and now Spille’s Honey is available in over 700 retail locations. In 2015, Todd Kirchhoff merged his young beekeeping operations of Kirchhoff Farms into the business and Tom Frickman joined the team to work with the team on business development and growth.
In August of 2015 the new business acquired the former Visalia Elementary School and began renovations to make this the home of School House Bees. The beekeeping operations began operating out of the school in the 2nd Quarter of 2016. The facility became a certified food processing plant for the honey packaging and bottling operations which were moved here 3nd Quarter of 2016. In the 4th Quarter of 2016 the Bee Store opened to provide a convenient, local source for beekeepers to pick up all of their beekeeping needs.
Each Spring kicks off with beekeeping enthusiasts’ trek to School House Bees to get their queens, packaged bees, Nucs, supplies and beekeeping advice. Queens and packaged bees can be ordered on-line beginning early December for the following Spring. Bees can be picked up or delivered via the USPS. In addition to our beekeeping supply inventory, we have bulk honey and bees wax available. Call ahead to order.
With four trained beekeepers on staff, there is no shortage of advice on beekeeping! Carrie, Ron, Todd and Tom welcome you to our exciting business and look forward to meeting all of your beekeeping needs.
-Carrie, Ron, Todd & Tom