Tag Archives: beekeeping

  • What Should I Do?
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    How To Harvest Honey Using An Extractor

    A primer for those new to beekeeping
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:01 AM

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    Once your bees have filled your hives with honey for you, how do you get it out?

    This is a question that most aspiring and novice beekeepers don't know the answer to. If you're curious to learn the answer, read on…

    I had my first honey harvest of the year this past weekend, and I took pictures of the major steps in order to create this primer and de-mystify things.

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    11 Reasons You Should Consider Beekeeping

    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Friday, April 18, 2014, 8:20 PM

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    A great summary of some of the many reasons one should consider taking up beekeeping to build resiliency into their life. 

    http://www.greenphonebooth.com/2014/04/11-reasons-you-should-consider.html

    Also check out the Beekeeping Group Page and the following WSID Articles on beekeeping:  Small-Scale Beekeeping   /   Honey Bee Candy: Winter Feeding

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    The Sun Hive

    Experimental natural beekeeping
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Monday, April 22, 2013, 6:27 PM

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    An interesting bee hive design and management philosophy to consider for those wishing to help rebuild bee populations and have onsite pollination for gardens and farms. 

    http://milkwood.net/2013/03/05/the-sun-hive-experiments-in-natural-beekeeping/

    http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/sun-hive-biodynamic-initiative-0

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    Swarm Capture For Beginners

    A "Backwards Beekeepers" TV episode
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:48 PM

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    Kirk Anderson of the "Backwards Beekeepers" shows you how to capture a swarm of feral bees.

    http://youtu.be/ChsoSwIxcwM

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  • What Should I Do?
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    Small-Scale Beekeeping

    The sweet taste of resiliency from the joys of the hive
    by apismellifera

    Friday, January 25, 2013, 10:51 PM

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    My CM username is the Latin name of the common honeybee (“Apis mellifera”). So it should come as no surprise that I'm a beekeeper. I started keeping bees about seven years ago, long before I had any awareness of "Peak Everything" or the three E's. And I enjoy keeping bees more than just about anything else. It requires a small amount of regular attention to make sure my hives are healthy, and conversely, to make sure a hive is not doing too well and preparing to swarm, which really ruins honey production. But beekeeping is not really a lot of work compared to most livestock. So, maybe consider a few beehives in your plans for self-sufficiency. 

     

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    Beekeeping in Urban Areas

    Keeping the peace between beekeepers and neighbors
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Monday, August 20, 2012, 7:17 PM

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    It is always good to keep in mind that neighbors may not understand or like your resiliency building efforts.  Be vigilant and mindful to protect your efforts, and use these stories and tips to help include your community into your plans. 

    http://grist.org/food/keeping-the-peace-between-beekeepers-and-their-urban-neighbors/

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    Honey Bee Candy: Winter Feeding

    "Food Insurance" for your hive during the cold winter months
    by dps

    Saturday, January 14, 2012, 4:55 PM

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    Some CM.com members may have become interested in beekeeping as one possible means of increasing resilience in their lives. In this What Should I Do (WSID) article, Small-Scale Beekeeping, user apismellifera gives a great introduction to the topic (the pictures are of Langstroth equipment; you may want to remember this for later in this article). In this article, we'll be getting a lot more specific about a particular task unique to winter beekeeping.

    Beekeepers would, ideally, like to be able to winter our bees without supplemental feeding. Bees, after all, have been getting through winter far longer than humans have been managing bees. Bees, planning ahead, store honey and pollen specifically for this purpose. These days, with winter losses frequently hitting 30-40% of colonies dying each year, many of us are turning to feeding as a way of increasing our chances of getting to spring with live bees. Where Old Man Winter can keep temperatures down in the 20s (F) or below for extended periods of time, it's nice to have a way to get supplemental feeding to your bees without dealing with liquid syrup feeders. Liquid feeders, especially in cold temperatures, can potentially do harm by chilling your bees, which is clearly not what you set out to do when you decided to feed them.

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