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To Inseminate or Not to Inseminate?
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Posted on August 1, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

Today I stood beside a row of Christmasberry trees in North Kohala, listening to the buzzing of bees around newly opened blossoms. Some were gathering pollen, others, nectar. I leaned in close to inspect their bodies for that dreaded and all too prevalent parasite, the varroa mite. I was pleased to find not a one [...]

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The Moment I Have Been Waiting For…

Posted on August 1, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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For several years I have known that I want to be a beekeeper. I became infatuated with bees and honey after reading a chapter in the book “Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers” that claimed that people who eat a primarily honey diet have been known to live to well over 100 years old. I was [...]

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What is Natural?

Posted on August 1, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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Larry, Noel and I talked excitedly about bees all the way to class. Larry has already built several top bar hives, and is building one for me this week. We’re ready! However, the class this week was a difficult one both visually and emotionally. Seeing pictures of a slime out caused by small hive beetle [...]

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The Big Picture

Posted on August 1, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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Last week I wrote about my distress at finding Hive #3 without a queen. This week, I was glad to find out that Hive #3 has a queen and is doing fine! She was newly introduced last week and we just missed her in our examination of the hive. It sounds like things are going [...]

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Dancing with the Bees

Posted on July 21, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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It is a romantic image… bees hovering over delicate blooms, gathering nectar and pollen ripened by sunlight. Then, in the darkness of the hive, wax is produced and shaped into comb the color of cream. It is as if sunlight had found its way into the very center of the hive! We take the gifts [...]

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Bees Make Their Own Homes

Posted on July 21, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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With the sun over our shoulders, we took turns holding up the frames of our beehive to look at the bees. At first we saw a blanket of bees, but by blowing gently, the bees moved and we saw the six sided cells capped with honey, then some eggs, and larva. We saw bees drinking [...]

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Reflection on First Opening of a Hive

Posted on July 21, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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The intoxicating aroma of beekeepers’ smoke The fond smells of summer campfires does invoke For a while we were able to share For a while we were able to watch and stare Amazing this hive, this amazing place Thank you, bee friends, for sharing your space Posted by Maria da Silva a href=”http://www.westernsare.org/”>This project was [...]

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An Intimate Look at a Difficult Struggle

Posted on July 21, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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Our second class was an “awakening” for me. Richard and Jenny did a super job of transferring their vast wisdom about the bees and the equipment needed for a beekeeper. It is clear how deeply they both care about the bees and about us newbies trying to grasp all the critical points. Richard and Jenny [...]

Bees Find their Beekeepers

Posted on July 14, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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I was excited and a little anxious about my first bee class. The bees chose me awhile ago, and I feel like I’m catching up to their decision. A whole afternoon devoted to a class about bees seemed like a long time, but it turned out bees are just plain fascinating! Richard and Jenny are [...]

How Well Do We Communicate With Our Ohana?

Posted on July 14, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link
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How is it with all our human verbal skills we have so much less quality communication that the beloved honey bees? Learning about bees communication this week, I was struck by how great they are at communicating throughout the colony that may number from 20,000 to 60,000 individuals. They take care of the colony, the [...]

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