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7/26/2010
I briefly describe my journey from a kid on a large 2000 acre alfalfa farm in the west to a homestead beekeeper in the midwest, on our 35 acres that we call BeeLanding.
2/20/2011
Clean out the hive at the end of winter
4/14/2011
Thinking about bees? Check out this DIY top bar hive!
12/1/2008
Promote AIDS awareness, not just on World AIDS Day, but every day!
3/25/2013
The vagaries of beekeeping jargon and its importance to the beginning natural beekeeper.
11/7/2013
This overview of the yearly activities of a Warré beekeeper is for people trying to decide if they have the time to become beekeepers and experienced beekeepers who are curious about the Warré method. It also serves as an index of the many of the main topics that will be covered in depth by this blog.
4/8/2014
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
1/17/2011
A look at how many hives to start with when beginning beekeeping.
8/15/2011
Beginning a discussion on top bar hives and standard hives in a question and answer format, getting the best of each for users of both kinds of hives.
10/31/2011
One way to overwinter a top bar hive in a northern climate is to provide good ventilation and some insulation. Enough food is needed, and good protection from the wind is too. We'll see how it works.
8/2/2010
My brief discription of sustainable beekeeping
10/29/2010
This post is about winterizing a colony of bees naturaly, using ideas and tips that we at BeeLanding have learned from nature.
10/24/2012
Orchard soil health is a topic that gets covered as well as the new asparagus beetle management system and how it seems to be working better than we could have hoped for. Dielectric grease to prevent rust and corrosion on the golf cart battery post.
8/17/2010
My views on importing package bees verses natural breading.
9/5/2010
Why is honey the proper food for honey bees?
4/7/2011
Our office was abuzz with bee activity this morning! We received four packages of bees today before they were delivered to their final garden homes.
11/1/2011
This post offers tips for winterizing a top bar hive - insulating, mouse guards, wrapping, closing entrances, protecting from wind. All things you can do to help get them through!
11/1/2011
This blog post by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees describes some techniques for getting bees to draw straight comb in a top bar hive.
11/6/2011
A TED talk by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees: Making the Connection: Honeybees, Food, and You.
12/24/2011
A Christmas Wish for all, inspired by the magic of the honey bee.
1/15/2013
Talking about Annie Upshure and the Catholic Workers Movement and how Peace Farms moved into Appalachia.
9/22/2011
When getting a top bar hive ready for winter, you need to know how much honey there is...and measureing these frames is different than measuring rectangular frames.
12/31/2011
Ordering bees in January doesn't seem to make sense, until you understand that April is the cruelest month. Plus, if you order bees in January, and then you don't need them - that's just a reason to celebrate! Order early!
3/11/2011
This blog post started life as an article in The Natural Farmer,published by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). It could be said to herald the birth of that entity we have come to call The Cynical Optimist.
4/11/2011
A quick essay regarding the "size" question of a top bar hive, from the bee's point of view - where it's all about the "volume"!
5/9/2011
It helps us feel better to know "why" things happen, but we don't always get to know that answer...
7/1/2011
By the 4th of July, there's a palpable shift in the feel of the beekeeping season. New beekeepers wish for more guidance, and may even be wondering why they started this project! Here's a little reassurance that you are not alone in your endeavor.
4/18/2012
Breaking down the last week of homesteading we've done over at WaldenEffect.org, and the Top Bar project we started as well as talk on Brix, biodynamics, and Plant Secondary Metabolites. Also have details on an external frame backpack modification.
4/25/2012
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.
5/1/2012
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.
3/19/2012
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.


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