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As our first beekeeping summer winds down, Eric (the neurotic beekeeper) harvested a very small amount of comb honey to eat with our own apples for the new year. There’s a victory there – the bees have done very well, building up to a healthy population with plenty of honey for them and us. The…

Definitely Not Just Grass

The always-wonderful Matron of Husbandry has a lovely post about pasture diversity and grass-feeding that did better (and purtier – she always has lots of great pix) something I’ve been meaning to do – ie, explore what you learn from grass farming that no one else teaches. For all the books I’ve read about grazing,…

Losing Bombus

As long as we’ve lived in our home, a colony of bumblebees has nested in the roof of our front porch. For years we’ve watched generations of bumblebees come and go, often quite closely. Our yard, edged with wildflowers and native plants (that sounds so much more elegant than “we don’t mow much”) is a…

Hive Art

Not only does my terrific colleague at Myrmecos have some of the prettiest beehives I ever did see, but he’s got the best collection of hive art out there. Check it out! I forsee an art project over the winter at Gleanings Farm! Sharon

Beginner Bees

So I’ve spent a lot of the last few months reading beekeeping books – all the ones you’d think plus a few others. I’ve spent a lot of time talking to various local beekeepers as well. There’s an old saying “one Jew, three opinions” – well, let’s just say that my major observation has been…