• I offer consulting services to Whatcom County beekeepers.  My goal is to help keep your bees alive, healthy and productive year after year.  Working with me, you will learn effective hive inspection techniques that lead to positive hive management decisions.  I employ science-based techniques to manage all phases of the honeybee life cycle: successful overwintering, spring build-up, swarm prevention, honey harvest and fall preparation for the next winter.
  • I help “new-bees” get confidently up and running in their initial seasons but also work with the issues of more experienced beekeepers as they move more deeply into our fascinating craft.
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Emilie Jenkins

[Michael has] come to my home and guided me through inspections, identified problems, and helped me understand the intricacies of beekeeping.… Read more “Emilie Jenkins”

Emilie Jenkins
Bellingham 

Brian and Marcia Hoelzen

The northwest is a challenging place to be a beekeeper, but  Michael has saved our hives more than once.… Read more “Brian and Marcia Hoelzen”

Brian and Marcia Hoelzen
Dewey Valley

Kirsten Drickey and Kendall Whitney

Michael’s thorough and thoughtful advice helped us weather our first season as beekeepers, and I look forward to learning more from him as we–hopefully!–advance in our skills as beekeepers.… Read more “Kirsten Drickey and Kendall Whitney”

Kirsten Drickey and Kendall Whitney
Bellingham

Dave Grantham

Michael Jaross has been our go to guy for bee help for several years.… Read more “Dave Grantham”

Dave Grantham
Squalicum Lake 

Chuck Howell

I recommend contacting Michael for any beekeeping questions.… Read more “Chuck Howell”

Chuck Howell
Howell Day Apiary , Samish Island

Dick Steinkamp

There was plenty of bee keeping information in print and on line, but what ultimately worked for me was [finding Michael] and having him become my “bee mentor”. … Read more “Dick Steinkamp”

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham

Evan Jones

[Michael] has encyclopedic knowledge of honey bees, beekeeping, and honey production, and he is able to share it in an understandable way.… Read more “Evan Jones”

Evan Jones
Bellingham 

Gary Bachman

Due to [Michael’s] help I am a much more confident bee keeper and able to manage challenges on my own.… Read more “Gary Bachman”

Gary Bachman
Bellingham 

Janet Wilson

I would trust Michael to do the best for me and my bees.… Read more “Janet Wilson”

Janet Wilson
Tsawassen, BC

Mary  and John Rawlins

You couldn’t ask for a better mentor.… Read more “Mary  and John Rawlins”

Mary  and John Rawlins
Everson