Joe Meyer, MN Beekeeper

Joe Meyer, MN Beekeeper

The Beekeeper

Four Seasons Apiaries, LLC is a year-round, non-migratory beekeeping operation in Minnesota. It’s run by me, Joe Meyer. I believe through management and regional breeding we can create a more sustainable model of beekeeping. If we produce bees locally and propagate favorable genetics, we can reduce the presence of diseases and pests in our hives and mitigate the use of chemical treatments.


One of the mating yard where over 150 queens will take to the skies each season.

One of the mating yards where over 150 queens will take to the skies each season.

The Apiaries

4SA’s bee yards are scattered around Central Minnesota. They are located as far south as Waconia and as far north as my hometown of St. Joseph. Queen rearing and mating mostly takes place 30 minutes west of the metro near Long Lake, MN.

Joe and Yuuki catching the first 4SA queens.

A Bit of History

I began keeping bees as an ambitious 16 year-old. About ten years later, I seized an opportunity to assist with the management of research colonies at the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. I was introduced to Yuuki Metreaud by Dr. Marla Spivak. We quickly became friends, and together we founded Four Seasons Apiaries, LLC in October of 2013.

Yuuki and I pooled our colonies, equipment, and knowledge and set to work evaluating hives and raising queens. In September of 2015, we amicably split the business and continued our own beekeeping ventures.

Today, Four Seasons Apiaries continues to collaborate with Yuuki. Him and his wife, Meghan, have started their own business, Boreal Apiaries, LLC. The two businesses’ efforts are an example of the collaboration needed to develop and maintain a local bee stock. For more information about Boreal Apiaries, check them out on the Northern Bee Network, or contact borealapiaries@gmail.com.