May 28, 2012
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We’ve been busy building bee boxes and stands this week and everyone’s been pitching in to help, even our three year old! If you want one for your own, send us an email and we’ll put you on the list. You can get a box with or without a stand, and with or without a feral hive of bees to live in it. Email Brahm for pricing and timing.
May 24, 2012
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Natural beekeeping methods differ from traditional or conventional beekeeping in several important ways. Natural beekeepers see themselves as partners with the bees and strive to be in tune with nature’s cycles and the larger surrounding environment.
hives at peace
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Natural beekeepers believe in the wisdom of the hive, minimal human interference and much time spent in observation of the bees.
Synthetic chemicals are not used, and the bees are not fed any sugar or corn syrup solutions. Natural beekeepers let the bees make their own combs and do not provide pre-formed foundations.
Feral (or wild) bees are preferred over mail order bees as they have never been exposed to the chemicals that raised bees are brought up with.
Natural beekeeping prefers the use of top bar hives which more closely mimic a natural hive.
Natural beekeeping is sustainable and accessible to all, focusing on the benefits of having many small, localized apiaries instead of fewer, large scale, commercial-type beekeeping enterprises. And honey is only extracted in the warmer months when there is a surplus amount in the hive.
Bees are crucial for a healthy environment as well as maintaining our food supply. We have all heard that bee populations are dwindling and bees are dying. Here are a few easy things you can do to help the bees!
bees love lavender
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Create a bee-friendly habitat Do not use pesticides in your garden. The chemicals disrupt the sensitive systems of the bees and are said to be a major reason for colony collapse disorder. Plant bee-friendly flowers. Some great easily-found choices that do great in Southern California are lavender, rosemary, nasturtium, poppy, lupin, sunflowers and geranium. Here’s a more extensive list from buzzaboutbees.com. Also, make sure there’s a fresh water source in your garden for the bees to drink – a birdbath is perfect.
Buy Organic By supporting organic farmers, you are helping promote and expand bee-friendly environments and decrease the use of harmful pesticides in our environment.
Get Involved Ask your state and federal lawmakers to look into the epidemic of colony collapse so more attention and resources can be directed at the problem. Urge them to support legislation that demands the EPA to ban Neonicotinoid pesticides which are some of the most toxic pesticides out there – even more more toxic than DDT, which was banned in 1972.
small batch honey is the best
Avoid Mass Produced Honey When buying honey, make sure to buy from a small operation or better yet, a beekeeper you know. This way, you know the bees health (and not mass profit) is the beekeepers main focus. Farmer’s markets are a great source to find this kind of sustainable honey.
Keep Your Own Bees Get set up with a bee box filled with rescued feral bees and become a backyard beekeeper! It’s easy because the bees don’t need much help from us to thrive, and you will be helping to increase the honeybee population.
April 29, 2012
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we need the bees!
We all know bee populations are dwindling. The use of pesticides is a major cause of this serious problem. Please help the bees by signing these petitions that urge the EPA to ban Neonicotinoid pesticides. These pesticides are on average 7,000 times more toxic than DDT, which was banned in 1972.
This petition is sponsored by NYR Organic.
This petition is targeted at Bayer shareholders.
April 25, 2012
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Things in the bee yard are taking shape! We currently have four hearty hives and the bees are happily buzzing away. With Spring’s arrival, the bees are getting more active and we will be responding to more rescue calls which means we’ll have more bees to place in new loving homes! If you are interested in getting set up with a hive, email Brahm and he will put you on the list.