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
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Posted on September 26, 2012 in Education | Short Link

  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
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Posted on July 27, 2012 in Beekeeping Classes, Education | Short Link

  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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It’s Got to Bee in the Genes
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Posted on August 24, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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
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Posted on August 24, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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
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Posted on August 24, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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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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…
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Posted on August 1, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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?
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Posted on August 1, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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
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Posted on August 1, 2011 in Beekeeping Classes | Short Link

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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