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Harvesting Honey, Treating Hives

09/13/2014 21:52:44 PM

I have been pulling honey and putting thymol on the hives this last week. This blog’s been silent for quite a few weeks. July and August simply got out of control. Busy Times: July to August In general I was: … Continue reading →

Cutting Grass in Bee Yards

06/18/2014 18:34:57 PM

As spring moves into summer here in northwest Washington, the grass grows – with authority.  What looked like a tidy-ish bee yard one week can be a jungle two weeks later. So armed with my trusty power scythe, I headed … Continue reading ...

Cutting Grass in Bee Yards

06/18/2014 18:34:57 PM

As spring moves into summer here in northwest Washington, the grass grows – with authority.  What looked like a tidy-ish bee yard one week can be a jungle two weeks later. So armed with my trusty power scythe, I headed … Continue reading ...

New Queens in New Hives

06/11/2014 15:01:27 PM

New queens have arrived and are installed. What I did. What happened. Continue reading →

New Queens in New Hives

06/11/2014 15:01:27 PM

New queens have arrived and are installed. What I did. What happened. Continue reading →

Making and Moving Bee Hive Splits

05/25/2014 21:02:42 PM

How I make and move overnight bee hive splits (aka artificial swarms) Continue reading →

Making and Moving Bee Hive Splits

05/25/2014 21:02:42 PM

How I make and move overnight bee hive splits (aka artificial swarms) Continue reading →

Preparing Boxes for Splits and Supers

05/12/2014 19:32:20 PM

How I clean boxes and frames & Organizing drawn comb and foundation to create splits and supers. Continue reading →

Preparing Boxes for Splits and Supers

05/12/2014 19:32:20 PM

How I clean boxes and frames & Organizing drawn comb and foundation to create splits and supers. Continue reading →

Why We Are Leaving Bellingham Farmers Market on June 30

04/28/2014 19:42:01 PM

The story behind the groundless demands by the Bellingham Farmers Market Board for Brookfield Farm to remove over 50% of our established products, which have been selling at the market for over a year. This makes the market economically unviable ...

Why We Are Leaving Bellingham Farmers Market on June 30

04/28/2014 19:42:01 PM

The story behind the groundless demands by the Bellingham Farmers Market Board for Brookfield Farm to remove over 50% of our established products, which have been selling at the market for over a year. This makes the market economically unviable ...

Spring Hive Check List

03/29/2014 17:58:10 PM

It is spring here: periods of sun between bouts of rain.  I’ve taken the sunny days to do the spring hive assessment, which requires opening all of my hives (about 80) to check them and give them their spring essential … Continue reading ...

Spring Hive Check List

03/29/2014 17:58:10 PM

It is spring here: periods of sun between bouts of rain.  I’ve taken the sunny days to do the spring hive assessment, which requires opening all of my hives (about 80) to check them and give them their spring essential … Continue reading ...

Two Hives In One

03/17/2014 21:12:19 PM

Finding two queens and their colonies living in one hive during post winter check up. Continue reading →

Two Hives In One

03/17/2014 21:12:19 PM

Finding two queens and their colonies living in one hive during post winter check up. Continue reading →

Snow At The Hives

02/27/2014 19:52:09 PM

The February snows have arrived.  I woke up last Sunday to the realization that a bit of snow had fallen and it was not going to stop.  That slowed things down a bit this week, thus this photo essay of … Continue reading →

Snow At The Hives

02/27/2014 19:52:09 PM

The February snows have arrived.  I woke up last Sunday to the realization that a bit of snow had fallen and it was not going to stop.  That slowed things down a bit this week, thus this photo essay of … Continue reading →

Dressing for Winter Markets

02/19/2014 19:16:12 PM

Layers & natural fibers : the way I keep warm at long winter markets. Continue reading →

Dressing for Winter Markets

02/19/2014 19:16:12 PM

Layers & natural fibers : the way I keep warm at long winter markets. Continue reading →

Making Bee Candy (aka Fondant)

01/30/2014 16:41:56 PM

I leave lots of honey on my hives in the winter.  Usually about 70 pounds for established hives, a bit less for the smaller hives.  In a normal year this will provide food for the bees from October, when forage … Continue reading →

Making Bee Candy (aka Fondant)

01/30/2014 16:41:56 PM

I leave lots of honey on my hives in the winter.  Usually about 70 pounds for established hives, a bit less for the smaller hives.  In a normal year this will provide food for the bees from October, when forage … Continue reading →

Boxes and Frames : A Winter’s Tale

01/11/2014 17:52:47 PM

I received a call once from a young lady who wanted to see if her husband could “experience a day as a beekeeper” – a birthday present.  Somehow I don’t think she meant: sit in a room in mid-winter with … Continue reading →

Boxes and Frames : A Winter’s Tale

01/11/2014 17:52:47 PM

I received a call once from a young lady who wanted to see if her husband could “experience a day as a beekeeper” – a birthday present.  Somehow I don’t think she meant: sit in a room in mid-winter with … Continue reading →

Mites That Might Eat Mites

12/26/2013 19:10:39 PM

Results from my test of the effect of predatory mites, Stratiolaelaps scimitus (aka Hypoaspis) on varroa mites in 4 of my beehives last summer. Continue reading →

Mites That Might Eat Mites

12/26/2013 19:10:39 PM

Results from my test of the effect of predatory mites, Stratiolaelaps scimitus (aka Hypoaspis) on varroa mites in 4 of my beehives last summer. Continue reading →

Do Natural Treatments Work (on my hives)?

12/19/2013 18:12:41 PM

Some test results from my bee hives and my conclusions from 2013 bee health survey. Continue reading →

Do Natural Treatments Work (on my hives)?

12/19/2013 18:12:41 PM

Some test results from my bee hives and my conclusions from 2013 bee health survey. Continue reading →

How Honeybees Fly – muscles, wings, and stomach crunches

12/02/2013 17:43:15 PM

How honeybees fly : flight muscles, wing beats, abdominal lifts, and antennae sensitivity. Continue reading →

How Honeybees Fly – muscles, wings, and stomach crunches

12/02/2013 17:43:15 PM

How honeybees fly : flight muscles, wing beats, abdominal lifts, and antennae sensitivity. Continue reading →

Winter Preparation : The Final Steps

11/13/2013 15:01:02 PM

Final Winter Preparations at Brookfield Farm : Feeders out, Insulation in; rain hats tied down. Continue reading →

Winter Preparation : The Final Steps

11/13/2013 15:01:02 PM

Final Winter Preparations at Brookfield Farm : Feeders out, Insulation in; rain hats tied down. Continue reading →

Making Mouse Guards 2013

11/04/2013 15:15:41 PM

Making Mouse Guards : the design, how we make them, why we left it so late Continue reading →

Making Mouse Guards 2013

11/04/2013 15:15:41 PM

Making Mouse Guards : the design, how we make them, why we left it so late Continue reading →

Winter Preparation : First Steps

10/08/2013 15:56:06 PM

Winter Preparation begins at Brookfield Farm: Treatments for Nosema and Varroa Continue reading →

Winter Preparation : First Steps

10/08/2013 15:56:06 PM

Winter Preparation begins at Brookfield Farm: Treatments for Nosema and Varroa Continue reading →

Extracting Honey : Fall 2013

10/02/2013 15:28:26 PM

Extracting honey at Brookfield Farm: the room, the gear, the tedium. Continue reading →

Pulling Honey at Brookfield Farm Bee Yards

09/23/2013 15:36:24 PM

Pulling honey in Brookfield Farm Bees & Honey bee yards. Continue reading →

Busy August At Brookfield Farm

08/21/2013 17:23:40 PM

An August overview from Stratiolaelaps scimitus mites and anti-AFB phages, to building equipment and hiking Continue reading →