Reflection on First Opening of a Hive
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Posted on July 21, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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
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Posted on July 21, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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
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Posted on July 14, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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?
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Posted on July 14, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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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Beginning Organic Beekeeping Begins!
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Posted on July 14, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

The Beginning Organic Beekeeping class taught by Richard Spiegel and Jenny Bach started on Saturday, July 9, 2011, with a new crop of 17 people—all enthusiastic about learning to work with the bees. The class was comprised of backyard gardeners and small farmers, most of who were interested in keeping bees for pollination of trees [...]

Cave Paintings, Community and Pheromones
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Posted on July 14, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

Richard’s long experience as an organic beekeeper and creator of a socially/environmentally responsible honey business, combined with Jenny’s intuitive nature and obvious passion for nurturing bees, made for a fascinating and informative first class. The relationship between bees and humans is a long one, as a 6,000 year old cave painting in Spain attests. A [...]

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