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.
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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.
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.