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The Beauty of Honey: Healing Power for Skin
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Posted on October 1, 2012 in Education, Lifestyle, Ways to Use Honey | Short Link

  Honey for Healing    Many cultures the world over have recognized the healing benefits of honey and have used honey medicinally for thousands of years. Raw honey (which means specifically, honey that has not been heat treated, filtered or processed), is rich in nutrients including vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes. This powerful and natural [...]

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Honey: The Gold Standard for Fueling Our Brain

Posted on September 26, 2012 in Education | Short Link
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  Did you know that honey is medicinal? We recently visited with Dr. Ron Fessenden, MD, MPH, an expert on organic honey’s physiological benefits, which include regulating blood sugar, reducing metabolic stress, and promoting recovery sleep.     Dr. Ron Fessenden, a retired physician and chairman of the Committee for Honey and Health in America (a non profit organization), now travels around the [...]

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How an Organic Beekeeping Class Can Help Save the Bee Population

  Richard Spiegel and Jenny Bach love bees. Each of them has their own unique way of celebrating the beauty of a creature that brings so much abundance to our environment. At a crucial moment on the planet, when the bee population worldwide is being threatened, they are teaming up to present an Organic Beekeeping [...]

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UH Honeybee Project- Varroa Treatments

Posted on November 3, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link
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Modern Beekeeping Challenges in Hawai‘i

Posted on November 2, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link
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In its pure form, beekeeping is a joyful activity that can be peaceful and rewarding for beekeepers. Unfortunately, it is not quite as simple as it used to be because of the confluence of diseases now threatening bee populations worldwide. Hawaii‘’s geographic remoteness kept it isolated from the spread of new diseases for a long [...]

The Varroa Mite: A Threat to Beekeepers, Farmers, and Eaters

Posted on November 2, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link
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Varroa was first identified in 1904 in Java. Since then, it has spread around the world. It first arrived in the U.S. in Maryland in 1979, and reached ‘Oahu in 2007 and Hawai‘i Island in 2008. While mainland beekeepers have learned how to cope with Varroa over the last three decades, Hawai‘i’s beekeepers have only [...]

Volcano Island Honey Co. vs. Varroa

Posted on November 2, 2011 in Beekeeping | Short Link
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At VIHC, we have tried various different treatments to combat Varroa. The methods we’ve tried include ‘drone removal’, a biomechanical approach to remove drone brood — Varroa’s favorite food — and thereby kill mites feeding on the brood. We have also tried applying formic acid, sugar spray and sugar powder, and alcohol. By far the [...]

It’s Got to Bee in the Genes

Posted on August 24, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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On April 30, 1898, my grandfather, Ben Byer wrote in his diary, “got 1 swarm bees.” He was 15 and living near Glendale, Arizona. His future father in-law also had bees, and his grandpa helped some. His journal entries sound similar to all beekeepers with entries about getting swarms, and making hives. “I have 23 [...]

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Bees and Bacchanalian Feasts

Posted on August 24, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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Our last class took place at Jenny Bach and Jio Rosenberg’s beautiful homestead in Lapahoehoe, Bee Love Hawaii. After three weeks of hearing about beekeeping from those with great experience, we were all eager to get started. Where should we acquire a hive? How is a swarm caught? Once in our swarm trap, how is [...]

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Learning by Doing

Posted on August 24, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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What an amazing experience this has been. Jenny and Richard have done a great job of consolidating their many years of experience into a four day class. I feel I have the knowledge and confidence to start my own bee colony and begin the “learning by doing” phase of beekeeping. It is great to be [...]

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