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Honey, What Is It?

Honey: I’m asked quite often what honey is, So I thought I might answer that question. It’s an amazing thing to think that a plant has come up with a way to reward a bee (and other animals) so they will visit it and thus pollinate its flowers. In a

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Bees Wax

Bees wax has been used by humans for thousands of years in a very large way by the christian religions for candles. But it has been used for casting of metal statues, painting, fabrics, cosmetics and grafting. Wax is made by four pairs of special glands on the underside of

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What Makes Up a Bee Hive

A natural bee hive that a bee makes tends to be within a hollow of a tree, a chimney, a wall, or sometimes, in the shelter of a tree. These hives are made by the bees using their wax to make the structure of their home. However as beekeepers we

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Pollination

Wow! the most important thing a bee does. Without bees our lives would be very different, food would be scarce. It matters little if that bee is a honey bee or a native bee one of the biggest and most important jobs is that of pollination. The best pollinators are

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The Joy and Pain of Beekeeping

Beekeeping like most occupations can be just a hobby with one or two beehives or you could have 1, 2 or 3 thousand bee hives! I started beekeeping with one hive in my back yard. It was a swarm collected by a friend who I meet at the Collingwood children

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The Zen of Beekeeping

There are many forms of meditation, many cultures use it as part of their lives. I have tried a variety myself, the idea of being able to still your mind, relax, yet stay focused on just one thing and let the world pass you by is very appealing. People pay

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Winter and the Bee

I get asked why bees produce Honey and my answer is that bees like bears hibernate through winter and thus they need to have an accessible food source. So they have developed a method of both creating a food that won’t go off and a means to store it. Bees

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The Future of Commercial Beekeepers

The commercial beekeeping fraternity in general is slowly ageing and those commercial beekeepers that are lucky enough to have family that can take over the business are unfortunately in the minority. In the next 10 years or so older beekeepers will come to retirement some by choice others due to

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Dying Bees (Part I)

Honey bees unfortunately have a number of diseases and parasites to deal with, not to mention the occasional predator. Bees have been dying around the world and this has sparked an increase in research and discussion about bee health. Could you imagine a world without bees. Food production would plummet.

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Dying Bees (Part II)

There are many theories about the loss of bees, everything from wireless signals, climate, disease, parasites, insecticides and loss of habitat. I think its probably a combination of most of these stressors on the bees. In America bees are dying at some of the highest rates ever recorded—as high as

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