The Dog Ate My Chickens

An anecdote that illustrates a few of the realities of farm life and raising livestock.

December Bees

A brief update on how the bees are faring during a break in the freezing weather.

Time to Thank the Bees

In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.

Do Not Feed the Bees or the Nucs

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.

Honey Harvest

Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.

The Joy of Physical Labor

A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.

Late Winter Honeybee Hive Manipulations

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.

Baby Goats

The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.

Bees of Winter

Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.

Gaia Shrugged

Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.

For the Beekeeping Newbees!

Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.

Homesteads as Agricultural Zoos

Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.

Should You Feed Your Bees?

Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!