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A Practical Example of the Difference Between Conventional and Bee-Centered Beekeeping - The Practice of Re-Queening

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A Practical Example of the Difference Between Conventional and Bee-Centered Beekeeping - The Practice of Re-Queening

Following is an excerpt of a discussion we had at the last Bee-Centered Beekeeping Immersion Class in Salida, Colorado.  There was conjecture involved in this exercise, but one of our goals was to expand our awareness of the fact that there is SO MUCH that we still don't know about honey bees.  Although much of what is said below about drones may be speculative, I will not be at all surprised to see this borne out by research in the years to come. It is well known that a honey bee colony does not exist in a vacuum; it is connected to the...

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Fly Fishing and Beekeeping

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Fly Fishing and Beekeeping

My brother-in-law is an avid fly fisherman.  As we were hiking the other day, he began to wax eloquent on the art and mystique of fly fishing.  "As a fly fisherman," he said, "I'm not trying to catch fish... I'm trying to get caught." I've been thinking about that.  That may seem to be a subtle difference at first pass, but with a little more consideration it becomes evident that the difference between the two mind-sets is profound. And, what an apt metaphor for the juxtaposition of conventional beekeeping to bee-centric beekeeping.  What my brother-in-law was saying is that there is a very real difference...

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The Complexity of Honey Nutrition for Honey Bees

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The Complexity of Honey Nutrition for Honey Bees

"Honey contains nearly 200 different substances, many of which are essential for the health of the colony.  Simple sugar water contains two substances: sugar and water.  Microscopy shows that bees fed sugar water have intestines that are shriveled and dull in comparison with bees fed honey, whose intestines are plump and shiny.  Of course, it suits beekeepers who are driven by the desire to maximize honey ‘production’ to pretend that the honey removed from a colony can easily be replaced.  It makes them feel better.  But, sadly, it does not make the bees feel better."http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/honey

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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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