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Long Lane Honey Bee Farms

About Us

All About Us


Thank you for your interest in beekeeping. We are David and Sheri Burns and we operate a beekeeping business in east central Illinois. As a family business we believe we can give you the personal touch you need to become a successful beekeeper. We started beekeeping in 1994 and began building beekeeping equipment in 2005. We live down a long lane, and thus was born Long Lane Honey Bee Farms.

Beekeeping is our love and passion and livelihood. We enjoy helping others get started in beekeeping.



David began beekeeping in 1994 after hiving a swarm from a fallen tree.  After moving those hives from Ohio to Illinois, the hives were lost due to mites, and the yard had to be started all over again. In the beginning the Burns family just sold honey, but as time went on and the yard became bigger, the Burns family began building their own hives and selling them to other beekeepers.  Knowing that the success of beekeepers was all dependent upon education, David began blogging and uploading videos to YouTube.  In order to make sure beekeepers had the best and latest of scientific information on bees and beekeeping, David took several years to become a Certified Master Beekeeper.  A graduate of Lincoln Christian University, and now a Master Beekeeper through the Eastern Apicultural Society since 2010, workshops on beekeeping are taught all year at the Training Center in Fairmount, IL. He also has a mentorship program, talks throughout the country at beekeeping association meetings, and heard frequently on radio shows and podcasts. He is also a competitive sportsman and competes throughout the US. 



Sheri is a former teacher who joined the business in 2008.  A graduate of Lincoln Christian University with a degree in business management, she does just that - manages the business and customer service and can often be heard on podcasts with David or may be behind the video camera for his You Tube videos. 

In her spare time, Sheri raises and teaches their one teenager still at home, is still able to remember to get all 18 of her children and grandchildren a Christmas present, and on her time off is a competitive sportswoman who also enjoys dancing, singing, and reading.   

David and Sheri are the authors of the book Backyard Beekeeping - Everything You Need to Know to Start Your First Hive, available everywhere 7/20


Our videos are helping beekeepers around the world. Our beekeeping videos have passed 7 Million views on YouTube. Check out our videos.

David is a certified Master Beekeeper of the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America.

Long Lane Honey Bee Farms


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