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7/31/2012
What follows are my top 6 tips on how to start beekeeping; a most wonderful hobby that I urge everyone to take up.
4/13/2012
If you have ever thought about beekeeping photography then this article is perfect. Geoff Fitzgerald talks about his motivation for the topic and what got him started on the rooftops of Brooklyn. There are also some fantastic urban beekeeping photos.
7/29/2011
Two Ogden Publications employees turned beekeeping beginners seperate the honey from the comb in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS parking lot. Thier backyard hives are only four miles away for making sweet, local honey.
3/19/2012
Being a father myself I really want my children to enjoy my passion and this is a great example of teaching children how to appreciate what bees get up to. With a little patience this is a fantastic family beekeeping activity enjoyed by all.
7/16/2013
Bee populations in urban settings are increasing, but urban settings aren’t set up to provide lots of forage for honey bees... or are they?
11/8/2013
This summary of a Warré Beekeeper’s regular seasonal activities gives you both a general idea of what this method entails in the long-term if you are considering adopting this method, and to provide you with a beekeeping calendar that you can use as a guide after you have gotten started.
5/13/2013
These beekeeping resources will help beginning beekeepers get started raising bees.
7/4/2011
An auspicious start to our beekeeping? Maybe!
12/12/2014
What could be lurking in the commercial honey you buy? Maybe it’s not honey at all, and would you think honey is healthy if you knew it contained corn syrup? Let’s talk about how commercial honey is produced and why you might want to find a local source for raw honey.
11/12/2013
Kim Walter shares how she became interested in beekeeping and what she has learned from her bees.
1/1/0001
Tall Goldenrod is a fall favorite of the honeybee. Although it is most likely the bees are foraging on a variety of flowers, it is natural to assume the most prevalent flower at any given time is the strongest influence in the honey.
3/14/2014
Miller Manufacturing expands the Little Giant beekeeping supply product line.
2/28/2014
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.
1/23/2014
Finding the right book for yourself is hard. Even harder if you are trying to learn something new. A BeeWeaver beekeeper, Emerson Arehart, read many beekeeping books and came up with a short list and summary to help you get started learning about bees.
5/21/2014
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
6/5/2014
Choices are available when it comes to feeding a new package of honeybees. Three of the options are discussed in this post. Choose the one that is right for you.
5/1/2014
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.
5/13/2014
My bees shipped early - here we go!
5/20/2014
The post office has called to say your bees have arrived! Now What? Step-by-step instructions on installing your hive.
4/11/2014
Getting ready for new bees involves preparing equipment and the site. Planning ahead leaves little to disturb the bees once they are in their new home.
4/8/2014
Worker B is returning to their beekeeping roots and adding raw honey to their collection of products.
4/10/2014
Worker B continues expanding product line with beeswax candles.
3/6/2013
Catching a swarm of bees is awesome. Now learn how to take care of them.
8/29/2014
This beekeeping blog post describes robbing behavior in honeybees, what causes it, and how to prevent or stop it.
9/8/2014
Learn how and why to utilize a queen excluder in your beehives.
8/2/2010
My brief discription of sustainable beekeeping
5/9/2012
There are times when I find beekeeping stressful but most of the time not of my own making. I discuss here the weather, when bees decide to do things you don't want and when you are just totally unprepared!
5/25/2011
Check out the installation process of an urban beehive.
4/26/2013
The owners of Runamuk quickly realized the high demand for local, raw honey after selling their first few jars of it. See how this home-based business opportunity grew out of beekeeping.
10/25/2013
Not all beehives are created equal. This post examines Langstroth beehives, Top-Bar beehives, and Warre beehives in order to help a new beekeeper determine which system is the best for her bees.
12/16/2013
North Carolinian Master Beekeeper, Tia Douglass, offers an introduction to chemical-free, natural beekeeping, bees and approach to raising pollinators.
12/3/2013
Becoming a beekeeper takes a lot of planning and preparation. Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will explain some steps you can take now to start getting ready to keep bees in the spring.
3/11/2014
Starting a new hobby can be intimidating when everything is unfamiliar. Walk through the basics of a beehive structure.
3/12/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will discuss some techniques for helping beehives survive through the end of winter.
6/6/2014
Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.
6/18/2014
Propolis is becoming a very popular “bee product” in the natural health arena. The fact that it is produced in nature does not make a product sustainable. We must always be aware of the toll that the harvest of that product makes on the organism that creates it.
6/5/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will discuss honeybee swarms, and how to try to prevent your bees from swarming.
7/2/2014
Locating a queen in a hive full of thousands of bees can be hard. Here are a few tips.
7/8/2014
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.
4/29/2014
Modifications I’m making and things to consider before building your own top bar hive.
4/18/2014
Overcoming my personal fears and welcoming the newest addition to our homestead - honeybees
7/1/2011
Buzz is brewing about Bee-a-Thon 2011, an online "town hall" event scheduled for July 16, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. A variety of bee experts — from beekeepers to academics to environmentalists — will discuss the importance of bees and the critical challenges of colony collapse disorder.
3/6/2012
This is a great first guest post for Geoff Fitzgerald and his beekeeping photography aspirations. Follow his journey here.
8/11/2014
How do you manage offers of used beekeeping equipment? This post describes some creative options.
10/21/2014
Beekeeping has its benefits: raw honey, beeswax and pollination. With a quick check, you can find out if your community offers a rent-a-bee program. For a fee, you'll get a queen bee, hive colony and a mentor to get you started.
3/14/2011
Laura Weaver has managed BeeWeaver Apiaries, along with her husband, Danny Weaver, for nearly 2 decades. She has seen the bee industry and the public image of the bee change, as well as their own family bee business.
7/31/2013
One of the most fun parts of beekeeping is harvesting honey. Here we will look at the first part of the honey harvest, removing the honey supers from the hives, and how to store them safely.
8/9/2013
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
8/16/2013
Bee populations in cities are increasing, but urban settings aren't set up to provide lots of forage for honey bees...or are they?
8/16/2013
Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!
8/13/2013
Jennifer Ford shows how she extracts and bottles her "liquid gold" honey at Bees of the Woods Apiary.
11/15/2013
When honeybees are unable to store enough food for winter, the beekeeper must decide how to support the colony through the winter.
11/26/2013
Beekeeping basics and how to keep bees safely and simply.
11/1/2013
Beekeepers need a consistent way to document hive inspections including prompts to address all relevant areas while looking at a colony of honeybees.
12/17/2013
A less meddlesome approach to beekeeping.
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.
5/1/2012
Tips for managing spring cover crops using only hand tools.
3/14/2014
Pre-spring work up for beehives coming out of winter.
3/21/2014
Anticipation of warm weather, bees, flowers, and HONEY!
1/3/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary shares some beekeeping crafts and activities to pass the time until you can get back out in the beeyard this spring.
1/2/2014
What needs doin' in the beeyard?
1/15/2014
Take a look around your property and decide where to put your new beehives. Some considerations for hive placement.
6/26/2014
Keeping bees with neighbors in the city or the burbs.
4/8/2014
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
3/25/2014
Essential oils can be a useful supplement for honeybees. Lemongrass, spearmint and thyme essential oils are being used to encourage brood development and the overall health of bees.
3/25/2014
Beekeeping supply arrived, it's light out and I have a fever!
4/21/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will explain how they perform the first beehive inspections of the year. This will be the first step in what will hopefully be a successful year in the beeyard!
8/23/2011
Kim Flottum of "Bee Culture Magazine" and Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees discuss tips and techniques of keeping bees in different types of hives - top bar hives and conventional Langstroth hives.  
5/11/2011
Deciding on urban beekeeping may just mean hosting a hive - some of the honey and none of the work!
9/27/2010
Recap of 2010 growing season in Northwest Pennsylvania
12/30/2010
Beekeeping yields honey, but it can also make our lives complete.
3/25/2013
The vagaries of beekeeping jargon and its importance to the beginning natural beekeeper.
5/3/2012
Over in the UK we do our beekeeping conventions a little bit differently than in the United States, and so I thought you might like to see a video of our latest one a few weeks ago: the BBKA Spring Convention.
8/4/2011
Listen to what happens when you have a hole in your jeans and angry bees!
2/28/2012
Beekeeping can bring many benefits other than a great hobby and honey production. Follow Iain as he tries to build a socially responsible company helping disabled people make beeswax candles.
9/9/2014
Jennifer Ford, of Bees of the Woods Apiary, explains how to produce comb honey, and why it is such a valuable product of the hive.
10/14/2014
Don't over-stay your welcome at the hive. Give your bees space.
10/20/2014
The no-waste way to render beeswax.
1/17/2011
A look at how many hives to start with when beginning beekeeping.
6/12/2013
What began as a hobby for her young son turned into a lucrative honey production business for beekeeper and MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Alissa Brandemuhl-Zengel.
12/2/2013
Beekeeping expert Betty Taylor explains how to reliquify crystalized honey while maintaining color, quality, and nutrients.
9/19/2013
Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.
10/30/2013
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
11/19/2013
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
9/3/2013
Beekeeper Betty Taylor explains what for look for during an end-of-summer hive inspection.
11/21/2013
A brief overview of keeping bees in a top bar hive from setup to overwintering.
2/7/2014
Colony Collapse Disorder is threatening the future of bee pollination. Here's what we can do about it.
3/1/2014
When and how to feed your honeybees.
3/4/2014
From cleaning raw beeswax to enjoying the final product, Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary will take you step by step through the process of making beeswax candles.
1/6/2014
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
12/26/2013
What is a beekeeper to do during the long cold winter months? Eat honey of course.
1/20/2014
A recipe for a grease patty that doesn't use hydrogenated oils.
5/6/2014
For the hobby beekeeper, try treating Varroa mites with natural remedies.
4/16/2014
Bees do not live on honey alone. Pollen provides honeybees with necessary protein.
3/21/2014
Reading label ingredients is a must for your baby's health.
7/6/2011
"Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" is a new bee documentary that examines the global bee crisis through the eyes of beekeepers, scientists, farmers and philosophers. The film emphasizes the thoughts of biodynamic and organic beekeepers on Colony Collapse Disorder and highlights the impact of industrial agriculture on the relationship between humans and bees.
3/29/2012
A beginner beekeeper learns that the best way to raise healthy bees is to do less.
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.
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.
12/1/2011
There are many beekeeping associations in the U.S., national, regional and local. The two National Groups are discussed, looking at members, activities and goals.
8/6/2012
There’s never, ever been a better time to get involved with honey bees and beekeeping.
10/6/2011
If, like many beginning beekeepers, you've been confused by how to perform an artificial swarm, watch this beekeeper training video to get a solid grasp on the concept.
4/14/2011
Thinking about bees? Check out this DIY top bar hive!
4/3/2012
Iain, working to build his socially responsible candle-making company, gets all his new equipment arriving from Holland.
4/7/2009
Our guest blogger is positively enchanted by the convenience, not to mention the benefits, of keeping worms in the garden.
12/6/2011
If you are looking for gifts for beekeepers this blog post could be perfect encompasing books, clothes, equipment and even wrapping paper. This is perfect fodder for all of you that need to buy presents for beekeepers!
10/13/2011
This week saw the first ever honey show in London, and what a joy it was for all involved. Based at the Lancaster Hotel in London, the first hotel in the UK to put beehives on their roof, it was the perfect location for such a great event.
8/21/2014
Allan Savory visits Polyface! This was a week of permaculture lessons, staying up late with birds, processing honey and winding down from Field Day.
8/8/2014
In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.
9/16/2014
Goldenrod is starting to bloom in the beeyard now that the cooler weather is on its way.
10/14/2014
All you need to know about the island’s most fascinating export: New Zealand Manuka honey.
10/20/2014
Jennifer Ford of Bees of the Woods Apiary talks about her experience with developing an allergy to honeybee venom, and how she manages this allergy to be able to continue beekeeping.
11/19/2014
Don't wait until spring to get into beekeeping. Order your package honeybees now.
12/5/2014
A brief update on how the bees are faring during a break in the freezing weather.
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.
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.
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.
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...
10/30/2011
Over the last 2 decades BeeWeaver has seen change in who keeps bees, and why they keep bees. The journey of the last 20 years has not been easy for the bees but the efforts of these New Beekeepers will keep the amazing honeybee a part of our word.
5/20/2014
Beehive happenings since my last blog post.
3/6/2012
A short introduction to the almond pollination adventure going on in California right now. Bee Culture spent 3 weeks exploring this annual event, traveling from Bakersfield to Chico, visiting orchards, beekeepers and almond growers.
2/4/2011
If this is your first year to keep bees, wear as much protective clothing that makes you feel comfortable but as you become more experienced try wearing less so that you can fully enjoy beekeeping. Just how much protective clothing should you wear?
6/5/2011
The beekeeping presentation in the kids' booth at the Tree House Club was filled with enthusiastic kids. Check out what one kid had to say about his time spent with the bees.
3/22/2012
The mild winter, early sring and continued warm weather are really messing up the normal sequene of bloom and availability of honeybee food. What will happen this summer is anyone's guess. Be Prepared.
9/17/2014
Our declining industrial system has created a series of environmental and social problems and can no longer produce the wealth required to solve them. That means that ordinary citizens must shoulder the burden of changing the way things are done by creating biodiverse systems. Here is a place to start.
10/7/2014
Some things to know about the last fall hive inspections in preparing the bees for winter.
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!
3/29/2011
Danny Weaver is a 4th generation beekeeper. He started out allergic to bee stings and overcame the dangerous allergy. Learning about how to tolerate bee stings is part of being around the bees.
2/7/2013
OK, you’ve got a start: where to get equipment, groups to join, classes to take, and mentors to hook up with. Now’s the time, before you have bees, to take a long hard look at some of the rest of the things you need to be thinking about.
12/24/2011
A Christmas Wish for all, inspired by the magic of the honey bee.
11/6/2011
A TED talk by Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees: Making the Connection: Honeybees, Food, and You.
12/23/2011
Three U.S. regional beekeeping associations offer much to beekeepers at any skill level and experience. Beeyard adventures, workshops, lectures, honey shows, and the chance to meet hundreds of likemined individuals await you here.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
1/7/2012
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
10/10/2012
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food


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