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Overwintering loss: 7 hives & 1 father

Loss is inevitable. The hives we work will one day be empty; the people we love will one day expire; the sun that warms us will one day consume the … Continue reading

May 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Bumpy roads make for a fun ride

The process sounds simple (harvest, extract, bottle and label) and yet somehow it got complicated and the distance between point A and point B went through point Q (with a stopover in … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wasps give honeybees a bad reputation

Honeybees are awesome enviro-helpers and wasps are intolerant d*cks. It is therefore surprising to find that bees and wasps are thought of interchangeably in the minds of the general public. … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

6 reasons to join a beekeeping association:

You don’t have to be a beekeeper to join a beekeeping association. Confused and befuddled you ask the question “why would a non-beekeeper want to join a beekeeping group?” Here … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

The experiment begins

There isn’t just one way of housing bees. The most common method is the Langstroth hive with frames each containing a beeswax sheet printed with a hexagonal pattern. The bees use … Continue reading

June 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

The BIG bumblebee

In the earlier parts of spring you’ll find enormous bumblebees out foraging for nectar and pollen. Did your enthusiasm for the lack of snow somehow cause spring hallucinations of thumb … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Healthy, hype or magic?

More than a dozen people this past month have approached me and espoused the health benefits of honey, bee pollen and/or royal jelly. There is a passion with which people … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 2 Comments

Winter

Overwintering behaviour in bees is important as overwintering losses can be devastating to even the hardiest of beekeepers. When the snow is blowing a common question from non-beekeepers is: “What … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Meaning, madness or meditation?

There is so much more to beekeeping than providing the bees with a box and inspecting them periodically. There are also the social and philosophical elements of beekeeping. A local … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Feel your imaginary antennae

You can probably identify with many aspects of bee life; the daily routine, enjoying honey, caring for family members. You can also probably imagine what it would be like to … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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