Today we’d like to introduce you to Dylan Roe.
Hi Dylan, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
After dedicating 8 years to the Marine Corps and earning a degree in psychology, it was time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up! My passions are caring for my family, volunteering, nature, and serving the community. When deciding on a business idea, it was imperative that those were not compromised.
The honeybee is one of nature’s elite pollinators, is required for the pollination of about 80% of crops, and is incredibly self-sustaining livestock. With only around 700 beekeepers maintaining this endangered species in the Beehive State, it became clear that my path was to help support farmers, communities, and the agriculture of Utah by empowering these little creatures to do what they do best!
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
All things worthwhile have challenges to overcome! Initially, I had started with 4 colonies, 2 in Weber County and 2 in Davis County. About 36 hours after I had re-homed the ladies in their new hive, a late winter storm swept in and annihilated 50% of my apiary. Although it was devastating to see all those dead bees, I knew I had to be better and learn more to prevent this from ever happening again. Seeing that my send-off was a rough start, a superhero local beekeeper reached out and gave me a ton of guidance about Utah beekeeping and taught me how to capture swarms! Conquering a couple of swarms, being empowered by the incredible farmers of Davis & Weber County, and seeing honeycomb in the apiary for the first time, completely rebuilt my confidence in beekeeping.
Farmers truly are spectacular human beings! Through their kindness and generosity, I’ve been able to grow 4 colonies of honeybees that pollinate about 2,000 acres in Davis County.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Eight Eighteen Apiary, rooted in Davis County, Utah, is an American beekeeping company owned and operated by a retired USMC Infantry Squad Leader and Combat Wounded Veteran. We believe in supporting local farmers, communities, and the environment for future generations by empowering one of nature’s elite pollinators, the honeybee. We specialize in all things beekeeping, planting flowers & trees, and agricultural pollination efforts. Instead of taking aim at commercial pollination services like many beekeeping efforts, at Eight Eighteen Apiary, our focus is to establish colonies on properties throughout the county for citizens who have always wanted bees but would rather someone else maintain them, residents who are looking to do their part in supporting honeybee populations, or aspiring apiarists’ who have always wanted to keep bees and would like a helping hand to get started. At Eight Eighteen Apiary, we are most proud of the amazing thing honeybees do for our environment! We are excited to foster their gift and support residential communities that share our passion and love for bees, nature, and the environment, by establishing and maintaining personal, on-site beehive colonies.
We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
A surprising fact that most people who know me may not know is that I am an avid supporter of medical cannabis! As a registered patient, I have been able to completely rid myself of the lethal prescription opioids and benzodiazepines, beginning a completely new life with my family full of love, compassion, and happiness, all while effectively and safely treating pain in both the body and mind. As an educated, healthy, and productive member of my community, it’s my hope that honesty regarding medical cannabis will help destigmatize marijuana’s medicinal purpose and aid in illuminating the vast potential for human growth when provided the opportunity to medicate with nature.
- Instagram: @eighteighteenapiary
- Website: http://eighteighteenapiary.com/