Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey (PacificNorthwestHoney.com) focuses on the beauty and bounties of Washington’s wilderness: raw honey, raw honey products and beeswax products from our Naturally Treated, Antibiotic-Free hives. We produce and create all of our products. I (Karen Edmundson Bean) am the beekeeper.
Brookfield Farm is an off-grid farm which lies beneath cedars, alders, and big leaf maples on ridges cut by flowing creeks in the Mount Baker foothills, near Maple Falls, Washington. The land is shared with a myriad of wildlife from deer and bald eagles to bears and cougars.
This is possible due to the able assistance of our livestock guard dogs, who create a vocal, but peaceful co-existence with the native animals which live on and roam our lands.
The diversity of the wilderness that surrounds us is reflected in our crafts and products.
Our honeybees have been flying for over a decade from naturally-treated, antibiotic-free hives at the farm and from near-by bee yards. I tend to the bees and harvest their raw, unheated, unfiltered honey.I also create Brookfield Farm’s herb-infused raw honeys; organic vinegars infused with raw honey; as well as salves made from our chemical-free, antibiotic-free wax.
When I’m not working with bees or honey, I can be found with a camera in hand walking the back country.
My award-winning wilderness DVDs focused on Washington state wilderness trails, with special attention to the Pacific Crest Trail. My wilderness pinhole photography images are shot during her sojourns into Washington’s backcountry.
If you find a woman perched on the side of a mountain, pinhole camera in hand, while two or three pack goats waiting near-by, that probably is me.
Brookfield Farm started out as a dream: my now deceased husband and I wanted a place in the wilderness and happily found the land which is now Brookfield Farm. We focused on natural fiber in our early years at the farm: Shetland & Jacob sheep and Cashmere goats. Then I became tired of shearing, and fell in love with bees around the same time. Beekeeping’s wonderful. It’s science, nature, art, and just plain luck, all rolled into one.