Cedar Beehives, Russian Honeybees, Honey, Maple Syrup, and more

Russian Honeybee
photo by: Emily Dompke

Developing and implementing solutions to declining honeybee populations; building better environments to establish healthy bees. 

Located on a 15,000 acre island in the state of Wisconsin, Washington Island is home to Sweet Mountain Farm, LLC. The farm’s central activity is producing unadulterated honey from highly sought after Russian honeybees that are bred in its secluded open air apiary. Russian bees are cold hardy, hygienic, and genetically mite resistant.
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A Resource

Sweet Mountain Farm's mission is to freely share "how to" information so that others can learn about beekeeping, how honey, and maple syrup is produced. We are an educational resource to help encourage, motivate and establish new beekeepers as well as provide them with superior equipment with which to raise their own honeybees.

From the Blog

Sharing our thoughts, experience and research.

  • Sue Dompke

    As the owner of Sweet Mountain Farm, LLC. I have the privilege of working with my family in a business that brings us together during sap flows and honey harvests. Our work here is all about the honeybees and building strong colonies that will survive our Northern winters. In recent years that has been a challenge. The more I learn about honeybees, the more I realize how worthwhile our apiary is. Meeting beekeepers and getting new beekeepers started is very rewarding.

    Sue Dompke
  • Emily Dompke

    Everyone in the family is considered a farmhand, including me. I haul sap buckets along with all the others but I also bottle, label, and staff our farm markets. The unique skills that I bring to the mix are my skills in photography and graphic artwork.

    Emily Dompke
  • Hillery Farrell

    The Made To Be Clean™ brand was created for Sweet Mountain Farm to use all harvestable resources from the hive. I use honey, wax, propolis and pollen in soaps, lip balms, deodorants and lotions. I am responsible for formulas, processing and packaging these new products.

    Hillery Farrell
  • Sarah Gordon

    After spending 10 years at a Fortune 500 corporation learning about wood and woodworking, I came to Sweet Mountain Farm to design and build the first beehive prototype from local Northern White Cedar. My goal was to blend all the features and benefits that would make the hive beautiful yet sturdy and well suited for extreme temperatures.

    Sarah Gordon
  • Beorn Morder

    A farmhand is defined as anyone willing to perform whatever task is required to keep the farm running smoothly. It requires flexibility and a general knowledge of the entire operation so that I can fill in when necessary. I haul sap buckets and tend the evaporator 12-16 hours a day during sap season, cut wood, and establish the farms agricultural output. 

    Beorn Morder