The Holding Yard Dilemma
It’s no secret that holding yards are what make almond pollination possible.
Unless a beekeeper is very, very lucky and finds a spot in the western foothills with blooming crops long into the winter (and usually some distance from any orchards, and always hard to find), a holding yard [...]
I’ve mentioned that almonds are one of California’s biggest crops. Just so you know, here’s some more info that supports the fact that the beekeeping industry should be paying more attention to this tree.
Last year there were 740,000 bearing acres of almonds, but more importantly, there were 85,000 acres of non-bearing acres. That [...]
An Almond Odyssey
Are you familiar with the term Odyssey? Think back…didn’t it have something to do with some Greek guy, a long time ago. Monsters, ships, sexy sirens on the rocks…it’s all there, somewhere in the back of your mind from high school English class, right? But Odyssey also means an adventuresome voyage, [...]
I’ve been having the most remarkable conversations with very good honey tasters. I’ve been lucky with finding honey tasters lately.
It started with Marina Marchese, who came to visit our Medina Beekeepers last week. She’s one of the best known honey tasters…or sommelier as true tasters like to be called. Marina wrote a book [...]
I don’t think you would either.
His philosophy is that everything he wants to do is OK, the rest of the world be damned. He is profane, belligerent, a bully, a bigot and stubborn. But he is not dumb.
Rules and regulations, laws, ordinances [...]
November…Early this month in Florida it was 80 degrees, sunny and honey bees were gathering pollen in the wild parts, and honey in the orange groves. Ohio’s not Florida, but this year it’s not too bad … in fact it’s been uncommonly warm most days…warmer than the last few years as I recall…but then, we [...]
This isn’t too far outside the box. It’s from notes I made while in southern Missouri a couple of weeks ago, helping Michael put on honey supers. I was there for a day and a half, and we worked about 120 hives in 8 or 9 beeyards. Lunch, wonderful lunch was at a Subway…it was [...]
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