Merrimack Valley Apiaries shipped the first load of bees ever to California from the east coast out of South Carolina in 1988. The following year we sent two from Florida. Sending bees across the country at that time was unheard of. Today that has all changed of course. Thousands of hives are shipped safely from Florida and other southern states for almond pollination in California. At this point in time, Evergreen Honey Company typically sends between 12,000 and 15,000 hives to California for almond pollination.