News & Reviews

Promise Land Gets Ink...

A Minute with a Beekeeper: Northforker magazine feature.

First Devotes Space to Honeybees: New York Post Lifestyle
Secrets of the Off Season:
Northforker magazine feature.

The Life of a Beekeeper: Northforker magazine feature.

Backyard Honey: As seen on CBS New York

Outdoor Eats: Featured on Channel 12 East End Full show

The Work We do: The Suffolk Times Business section

Beekeeper's Hives Vandalized: The Patch Community section

5 Places to Buy Honey: The Northforker Featured section

Beekeeper Shares Blessing: The Patch Community section

Why Forgive: In Touch Ministries magazine

Bees are the New Chickens: Edible East End Features section

Local Beekeeper responds to Vandalism with Donations: Riverhead News-Review Agriculture section​

Experimenting with Survival: Northforker magazine

And Kudos

I’m late to the game in being able to get a copy of the most recent Northforker magazine (July 2020), but I’m so grateful I did! My mentor in beekeeping is the top feature! What a terrific article about Chris Kelly and Promise Land Apiaries. It’s a tiny look into the incredible world of beekeeping. 


When I started beekeeping a few years ago my passion grew as did my need for more information about how to make my bees happy. Master Beekeeper Chris Kelly offered me a chance to apprentice under him and learn what goes into truly being a beekeeper. I took classes that Chris offers at Talmage’s Agway in Riverhead as well as other area farms out east. When Covid hit during this year’s Continuing Beekeeping class, Chris immediately went to Zoom and YouTube so our class wouldn’t skip a beat. 

Chris really makes you think. I recently had a problem with one of my hives and my husband Kevin asked why I wasn’t calling Chris right away. I knew I had learned about it and needed to figure out what I thought was wrong first before I called to confirm. That’s the whole part of what he’s trying to teach in his classes. How I can become a better beekeeper and think for myself. That’s a true mentor — someone who wants you to stand on your own with confidence in what you’re doing. 


Sharing his love for honeybees is so multilayered and you can see it when working out in the field with Chris. He shares his experience and knowledge in a way that almost anyone will take something valuable away each time for their own use. 


I am grateful beyond measure for the time, adventure and investment that Chris Kelly has put into my beekeeping. My bees are healthy and happier because of him. So am I! 


Kerri Davis

I love the honey you have. It’s the only kind I buy. You have taught myself and granddaughter so much about making honey and just want to say thank you so much. Thank you for sharing your experience with the group for the east end.

Edwina Morgan

Additional Information:

  • Native Bee Inventory & Monitoring Lab: This remarkable USGS program offers free on-line tools to identify species, teach and study nature's wonders, report findings, build maps, along with 4,000 high resolution public domain images. 

  • For information on why bees swarm, visit Swarms.


Left: Chris explains the detrimental effects of fractured foraging on bee health.