The South Omaha Honey Company is run by me, Tony Sandoval, also known online in various and sundry forums as Big Bear or bigbearomaha. I was injured a few years ago in my knee and lower back. Today, I do as much as I am able to do to take care of my family, my bees and whatever I can to help other beekeepers. My family helps with the bees as they are able to and keeps me from getting myself into too much trouble.
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About Tony Sandoval:
Born and raised in South Omaha, I have never moved away, but continue to live in and support the South Omaha community.
Always pursuing my passion of bee conservation, I continue to learn from and teach others about bee biology and behavior. I have had articles published in the national magazines “Bee Culture” and “Farming” magazine. I also write about the technology used in beekeeping. I continue to do speaking presentations to beekeeping and conservation groups as well.
I am the founder and president of the Omaha Bee Club with members in Douglas, Washington, and Sarpy counties in Nebraska and Pottawatomie county in Iowa. Beginning with 4 members in 2010, we have worked to create a group that allows beekeepers to determine what success is for them and make available the education and resources they are looking for to achieve that success. The Omaha Bee Club in 2015 now has nearly 150 dues paid members and continues to grow.
I believe very much in self sufficiency and supporting one’s local community. In beekeeping, I believe one is able to do both.
The point of the South Omaha Honey Company is multiple.
First, I want to build at least a part time business that will help me to be self sufficient and help pay some bills.
Second, I want to show that South Omaha can bee so much more than just packing houses and bars. There is an agricultural aspect to South Omaha that our bees can help increase and improve.
Third, I want to encourage people in South Omaha to become more self sufficient. To have food in their homes that is actually good for them and they know where it came from. Their own gardens.
Fourth, I want to help people in South Omaha know more about bees and pollination and how our bees are a good thing for South Omaha.
Beekeeping is more than a hobby for me, it’s a passion. Beekeeping is as much a part of me and my family as the need to breathe clean air and drink clean water. I can’t not have bees.
I want to place bee hives all over South Omaha to help your gardens, your flowers, your fruit trees and berries. I want to give South Omaha the gift of pollination and in return, your flowers will help my bees find needed food to stay healthy and alive.
Do you have a space to put a honey bee hive? By golly, I want to put a hive there. I’ll provide everything the bees need. heck, I can even help you get the flowers to feed them if you don’t already have a garden but want to start one.