Varroa mites and depression

From 40 beehives down to 10. What happened? Here’s the brief story of how important Varroa mite treatments are. An accidental experiment I really pride myself on consistently increasing my hive count when most beekeepers in my area seem to be losing 50-100% of their hives each year. But last year, I joined their ranks….

Winter preparations: winter your hives with success

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How to display your honey at market

When it comes to making sales the key goal is simple: grab your customer’s attention! And that’s exactly what a well-planned and thought-out display does. But there’s much more to marketing your honey than by simply making it pretty. Do you know how much to charge for your particular variety of honey? How exactly does…

Why I’m converting to Top Bar Hives

I’ve been using Langstroth style hives for almost 18 years. They definitely get the job done, as long as you have an extractor, an uncapping system, can lift 40-90 pounds, oh…and the money for all the extra beekeeping equipment. Furthermore, there are 3 primary reasons for seriously considering top bar hives…like I am! If you’re…

Supporting Native Pollinators: using Sustainable beekeeping methods

I had a rude awakening after reading a blog post written by another beekeeper. She had attended a conservationist meeting and discovered that their attitudes towards beekeepers are, shall we say…less than ideal. I had always figured that honey bees are pollinators and that pollinators are good, right? When I learned the conservationist reasoning, it…

Beekeeper vs. honey bee: Working against nature

We beekeepers love our bees, of this there’s no doubt. Why is it then that we tend to work against their natural tendencies? Today, I would like to offer you two ideas that the books teach that are contrary to nature. The links on this website may contain affiliate links. This means that I may…

The 3 types of Beekeepers

Most people do not realize that there are different types of beekeepers and that within these Types there are hundreds of different beekeeping Styles. Today we’re going to define the 3 Types of beekeepers. Which one describes you the best? The links on this website may contain affiliate links. This means that I may receive…