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Block One: Our Beekeeping and Our Worldview

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Block One: Our Beekeeping and Our Worldview

Video one in the series titled "The Building Blocks of Bee-Centered Beekeeping."

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Bee Tree Hive to Warré Hive Comparison

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Bee Tree Hive to Warré Hive Comparison

A beekeeper recently wrote me asking if I could enumerate the differences between a Bee Tree Hive and a Warré Hive.  I am happy to do so to the best of my ability. Let me say first that my own personal journey as a beekeeper has led me to try to learn from the bees themselves what it is that the bees need from me, including a hive cavity that best supports how they're designed to live as they perform their work in the world.  Because of this, I have been focused on developing the Bee Tree Hive and have not owned a Warré Hive. ...

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Can Sugar Syrup Be Fed to Bees in a Bee Tree Hives Hive Cover?

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Can Sugar Syrup Be Fed to Bees in a Bee Tree Hives Hive Cover?

If feeding sugar syrup in a Bee Tree Hive is what you're wondering about, please read to the end of this post. Bee Tree Hives are designed to support bee-centric beekeeping, which puts the long-term health, welfare, and vitality of honey bees foremost.  Bee-centric beekeeping does not support feeding sugar syrup to honey bees, and therefore, neither does Bee Tree Hives.  And, as a bee-centric beekeeper with the goal of developing an ecotype (a genetically distinct geographic variety, population or race within a species, which is adapted to specific environmental conditions), I have many of my own, more specific reasons...

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Bee Tree Hives: New Design - Even Better for the Bees, and Now Much More Affordable

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Bee Tree Hives: New Design - Even Better for the Bees, and Now Much More Affordable

Bee Tree Hives have been improved for the 2018 season while also becoming much more affordable. The new design allows the bees to live even more like they're designed to live - like they do live in the wild.  For example, BT Hives now incorporate an eco-floor as part of the base. In addition, I've worked very hard to simplify and streamline the process - with absolutely no compromise in quality or previous benefits to the bees - in order to make Bee Tree Hives much more affordable. Check out the product pages on this site.

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"Treatment-Free" Doesn't Mean We Do Nothing

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"Treatment-Free" Doesn't Mean We Do Nothing

Someone recently asked a question about treatment-free "methods."  If I understood their question correctly, they were asking, "Even with a commitment to treatment-free beekeeping, what do we do to help our honey bee colonies thrive (meaning, typically in this context, not be overwhelmed by Varroa)? For myself, I believe that the bees are teaching me that the question I need to be asking myself is not "what do I do," but, rather, "what do I provide?"  What do the bees need from me in order to successfully reach symbiosis with Varroa? So, I am constantly trying to learn the answer to that question.  A...

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