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My Work is Loving the World

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My Work is Loving the World

My Work is Loving the World, by Mary Oliver My work is loving the world.Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird - equal seekers of sweetness.Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.Here the clam deep in the speckled sand.Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?Am I no longer young and still not half-perfect? Let mekeep my mind on what matters,which is my work,which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.The phoebe, the delphinium.The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart and...

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Eco-Floor Now Included with Bee Tree Hives

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Eco-Floor Now Included with Bee Tree Hives

Beginning immediately, Bee Tree Hives will now come with an Eco-Floor instead of the previous Base.  Here's why: Honey bees are not designed to live in thin-walled, over-sized, smooth, sterile boxes... to which poisons are routinely added.  Rather, they are designed to live in small, thick-walled, rough-surfaced hive cavities which are also occupied by over 8,000 other known organisms - from yeasts, molds, and fungi, to ants, mites, and beetles.  A colony of honey bees, in a proper hive environment, lives in symbiotic relationship with these other organisms, and this symbiosis contributes to colony health in ways that we have not yet begun...

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The Four Confluent Paths of a Bee-Centric Beekeeper

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The Four Confluent Paths of a Bee-Centric Beekeeper

I was honored and humbled to be asked to write an article on bee-centric beekeeping for the Natural Bee Husbandry magazine.  This is the magazine published by the Natural Beekeeping Trust, an organization whose mission I whole-heartedly support. The magazine is excellent, and you can learn how to subscribe here: http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/natural-bee-husbandry Here's the full content of the article: The Four Confluent Paths of a Bee-Centric Beekeeper Scott Patrick Sailors The truth is I'm a late bloomer when it comes to keeping bees.  I most certainly did not discover beekeeping in my youth.  And, when I finally did discover it, I...

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Excellent Explanation of the Reasons for Treatment-Free Beekeeping (short video)

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Excellent Explanation of the Reasons for Treatment-Free Beekeeping (short video)

This short video is excellent.  Pay particular attention beginning at 4:08.

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Why I Allow Robbing

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Why I Allow Robbing

This post, perhaps more than any other I have written, may highlight the difference between the worldview and mindset of a bee-centric beekeeper, and that of a conventional beekeeper. I am a bee-centered beekeeper with the goal, over time, of developing an ecotype – a genetically distinct geographic variety, population or race within a species [still Apis Mellifera], which is adapted to specific environmental conditions.  I want to see colonies in my region living for years in one location, and casting at least one swarm each season that is equipped to thrive in the wild. To that end, I install colonies in...

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