Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.

Ed Costanza
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • United States

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Swarm Video's Available to View

We have posted more videos on swarm catching and prevention and are adding more every day.  You can view them on our website at:

Started Mar 31, 2016

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In a 3 day period we captured 8 swarms in our apiary in Bakersfield. We have 144 hives here working orange blossoms as we raise queens and make nucs and splits to bring back to NM, AZ, TX & CO. I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dorian Folie Apr 5, 2016.

Queens, Package Bees, Nucs and Single Hives

We have been keeping bees for 50 years.I am posting some things you should consider before purchasing bees.  If you are considering purchasing package bees please understand the process before you…Continue

Started Jan 25, 2016

Queens, Package Bees, Nucs and Single Hives
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We have been keeping bees for 50 years.I am posting some things you should consider before purchasing bees.  If you are considering purchasing package bees please understand the process before you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Hamilton Jun 3, 2016.


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About me:
We are commercial beekeepers. I have been a beekeeper since 1966. We raise bees to sell, produce honey, beeswax and pollen. We sell 500-600 packages, nucs and hives each year. We produce local raw, pesticide free honey, pollen and beeswax.

We are licensed pest control operators specializing in bee removal and termite inspection and treatments.

I was raised on an apple orchard in Belen (1962-Present),(1100 trees, 14 varieties). Our next door neighbor (Mr. Fowler, a mailman) kept about 25 hives of bees on his property. When he died his family gave the bees to us for our orchard. My father and uncle tried unsuccessfully to remove the honey from the hives the first summer and was stung so many times that my father developed an allergy to the stings. Before the age of 14 I became the family beekeeper. I was given lessons by a beekeeper in Peralta that summer and have been keeping bees ever since.

In 2005 our father (Robert Costanza) died. Seeing that all my brothers and sisters (2 brothers and 3 sisters) wanted to be a part of the heritage my parents had started my wife, Louella and I started 120 fruit trees in Edgewood.

Louella and I farm 8 acres, producing fruits and vegetables for the local farm markets. In 2011 we began to concentrate more on Apples, Peaches, Cherries, Plums, Apricots, Strawberries, Asparagus, Melons, Tomatoes, Onions, and Peppers.

We teach beginning and commercial beekeeping in NM, AZ, TX and OK. In the fall we teach elementary students when time permits for Kids, Kows and More in Santa Fe and Torrance County.

Our goal is to build up to 1,000 hives and place them in key locations within Albuquerque and on special farms that produce alfalfa, clover and seed crops that are controlled and managed by the beekeeper.

We believe in sharing the exciting lessons of beekeeping and farming that we have learned over the years and have a strong desire to organize workshops where we can all work together to learn and to build up our businesses.
I use the following type of bee hives:
Top bar, Langstroth
My bee hives are primarily located here (ZIP code):
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North American Beekeepers Conference in Galveston, TX (January 4-9)

My wife, Louella and I attended the North American Beekeepers Conference that was held in Galveston the first week of January and have many thoughts and highlites to share with those who may have questions.


The two most important lessons we brought back from the conference that would help all of us is:


    1.  We must feed our bees a protein source when there is no pollen coming in.


     2.  It is critical we re-queen every…


Posted on January 20, 2011 at 9:17am

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At 3:35pm on December 15, 2015, Melodie D'Amour said…

Thank you Ed! I will be in touch this season! 

At 9:34am on January 12, 2015, Ivy Bullard said…
This is not a problem. Thank you .
At 1:25pm on April 3, 2012, Steen said…

i just read your second comment again. its soooo funny. You act like Queen bee of NM. And my asking about trade and labor was strictly a question coming from someone who knows nothing. The whole thing not working out in my favor part is the most hilarious part. I would have been perfectly happy accepting that i couldn't get them because it was way to late. But thats where you flaked out in notifying me of that fact. and decided to let silence and avoidance tell me that you couldn't help = flake . 

At 9:22pm on April 1, 2012, Steen said…

lol. that's funny. Most of your info is correct but not all. I was way late true. As a favor to me you did say you could get me a nuk or just take care of one of your hives for you. I did also say i could give you all the extra hunny my bees didn't need for winter storage to you for your help.  we had our one email convo. then a talk on the phone where you had stated you were working down south but you could stop by on your way home to check out my site. But you also stated that you might just bring a nuk with you. I got all my gear ready and together to work with the bees just in case, with a place picked out if you did bring them.

Now you never did come by that night. i called you to see if you were running late with no answer from you. I fallowed up after that day with at least 5-6 calls on multiple days. I also left a message on every call all of which were never returned. I did give up on you coming threw with any bees or a nuk which is why i said you flaked out on me.

Now im not trying to slander anyone here ed. I stated some very true facts and i do believe 5-6 calls with no response to where i give up on you is flaking out on me. It is what it is. Now I advised someone not to rely on you and just buy a package online for 2 reasons. 1 if you order it online it will be at my door when they say it will be. and as for the 2nd ive read a ton of books researched a ton online and although a absolute novice and a know nothing at all for real life experience, i still believe it would be of great benefit to start with a full strength hive rather than a smaller nuk.

Sry ed but you did flake out on me. And im sry ed, but i think going with a package online is a better bet. But im allowed to my opinion and i think ive maid the case that 5-6 calls with out even a call back to tell someone you cant come threw is a flake to me.


At 8:41pm on March 31, 2012, robert fraley said…

Hi Ed, My name is Robert I live in Sandia Park. I've been looking for bees for sale. I was told that you might have some bees, if you do I am interested in purchasing them from you.  I can be reached at 508-8828.

At 12:34pm on March 28, 2012, richard davies said…

Ed,  I spoke to you briefly before the start of the

AbqBeeks meeting on 3/26.  I just retired in February  and am in my second year of bee keeping and have lots to learn.  My schedule is now very flexible and loose.  You indicated at the meeting that you could use some assistance with swarm catching and I would be most interesting in helping you.  I live in Sandia Park.  My availability on short notice should not be a problem for the most part.  My residence phone is 286-8854 and my e-mail is: and my cell phone no is: 575-303-9719

Richard Davies

At 11:04am on November 24, 2011, henry n monica said…

Hi Ed. Happy Thanksgiving! My wife and i are interested in the dvd from the tax class you put on if its not too late.

At 11:15am on November 19, 2011, Robert Stewart-Rogers said…

Not yet, I still lack the space and funds.  I'm currently just a bee fan, but would be interested in visiting a hive or volunteering my time for a local beekeeper.

At 5:48pm on November 12, 2011, Jean Keller said…

Hello to you and Louella, thanks for the warm welcome. How long have you guys been bee keeping? I'm new to it all but enjoying learning about these bees :-) They sure are neat!


At 10:15am on November 9, 2011, Jay Barnes said…

Thank you for the welcome.  I have lots of questions, but I'll do some reading before I make inquiries to keep them at a manageable level. I hope to set a hive up in the spring and I have a lot to learn.


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