Render beeswax from your wax cappings easily and inexpensively.
This is an explanation of how I use a late winter warmup to manipulate my hives in preparation for spring nectar gathering and to minimize swarming.
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.
This beekeeping blog post describes robbing behavior in honeybees, what causes it, and how to prevent or stop it.
Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.
In this blog, I hope to convince beekeepers that not feeding the bees is better for the health of the bees and for the beekeeper's bottom line.
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
Beekeeping expert Betty Taylor explains how to reliquify crystalized honey while maintaining color, quality, and nutrients.
Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
Beekeeper Betty Taylor explains what for look for during an end-of-summer hive inspection.
This series of posts chronicles Betty Taylor's adventures in goat farming. This first post covers selecting a goat breed and breeder, costs, and preparing for arrival of my goats.
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.
A brief update on how the bees are faring during a break in the freezing weather.
An anecdote that illustrates a few of the realities of farm life and raising livestock.
A wakeup call for folks who want to keep bees without the work, stings and realities.
A blog about the joy of a mentoring relationship and the rewards for the mentor and a new-bee.
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
Some things to know about the last fall hive inspections in preparing the bees for winter.
There’s never been a better time to raise chickens in the city, but if your only hesitation is where to put them, check this out the chicken tractor coop — a coop on wheels!
Geoff Taylor reflects on his survival of a bizarre accident, his gratitude for life and his hypergraphia.
Geoff Taylor talks about his childhood love of tools, his impressive collection of hammers and the first step in his plan for repairing an old friend.
Geoff Taylor laments the frequency of ladder accidents that happen as a result of neglecting necessary precautions, such as wearing sturdy shoes and always have a spotter.
Geoff Taylor thanks the publications that inspired his writing career.
Raising baby coturnix quail is an exciting adventure. Taylor is completely new to raising poultry and shares his experiences.
Quails make an excellent urban choice for poultry raising, chiefly for their tranquil nature, minimal noise and egg-producing efficiency. In this, the second installment of my series on quail-raising, you'll learn how to identify gender from color and marks and see how quail eggs compare with those of chickens.
Geoff Taylor remembers a quality discussion with his cat, in which the amazing benefits of owning free-range chickens are the primary topic.