In the Hive – Late Winter

This year, I want to be a better beekeeper and bee steward. 2014 marks my fourth season of bee herding and while earning my Apprentice Badge adds a nice bit of flare, beekeeping and stewarding is more about doing than passing a test, a lot like life and career …. There is no GPA in […]

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In the Hive: Winter Feeding

This year I decided to feed in the winter, due in part to the fact that my hives have continued to seem “busy” with the weather in the 40s-50s for the last few months, except one cold snap a while back. I am worried that they don’t have enough food stores. Based on my research […]

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Reach & Read: The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd – a book review This is a truly heartwarming story of a young awkward girl, finding her stride, and designing a future by learning about her past and her values. A honey house, black Madonna, beekeeping lessons and some lost and gained love fill the lives […]

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The Bee People: Chapter 19

Chapter 19: Fancies and Facts about Bees People used to think the queen-bee was a king and ruled over all the bees in the hive. They thought a hive of bees was a little kingdom, with an army and officers and all sorts of workers […] We know the truth about bees now, and yet […]

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The Bee People: Chapters 17 & 18

Chapter 17: The Family Exodus One cannot go on adding several thousand members a week to one’s family without sooner or later being obliged to enlarge the house – or move out. The Apis people move out. As soon as a young queen comes out of her cell, the old queen packs up, so to […]

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The Bee People: Chapters 13 & 14

Chapter 13: The Work in the Hive – the manufacture of wax Since honey-bees eat almost nothing but pollen and honey, a good store of these has to be laid up for winter use, as well as to feed all the young bees and the drones […] if I tell you there is something very […]

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