Beekeeping – Xoven Agricultor http://xovenagricultor.org/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 01:20:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://xovenagricultor.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Beekeeping – Xoven Agricultor http://xovenagricultor.org/ 32 32 Subtropical storm Teresa rises from the ashes of Peter https://xovenagricultor.org/subtropical-storm-teresa-rises-from-the-ashes-of-peter/ https://xovenagricultor.org/subtropical-storm-teresa-rises-from-the-ashes-of-peter/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 22:45:20 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/subtropical-storm-teresa-rises-from-the-ashes-of-peter/

Subtropical storm Teresa was circling over the Atlantic just north of Bermuda on Friday, September 24, 2021. (AccuWeather Enhanced RealVue ™ Satellite)

The Atlantic had already produced more named storms than during an entire average hurricane season on Friday, September 24, with 18 on the books before subtropical storm Teresa was named Friday afternoon.

Teresa formed just 155 miles north of Bermuda at 5:00 p.m. EDT, carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. At the time of its formation, the storm was moving northwest at a speed of 14 mph.

“This storm is expected to move north and then northeast over the weekend before dissipating over open Atlantic waters,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Alyson Hoegg. “Teresa’s moisture will be drawn north along a persistent cold front along the east coast to Atlantic Canada on Sunday.”

Parts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick could face increased precipitation due to the storm, which would result in localized flooding. Overall, however, Hoegg said the storm is expected to be of very short duration with little impact on the landing.

“The storm will only last a maximum of 36 to 48 hours and the precipitation that will occur in Atlantic Canada will only produce localized flooding,” she said.

Teresa formed in a wetland left by Tropical Storm Peter, which collapsed Wednesday night just north of Puerto Rico.

For those wondering if this constitutes what is sometimes colloquially referred to as a “zombie storm”, it is not. For a zombie storm to occur, a traceable traffic, or storm center, must be transferred to the new system, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Meghan Mussoline. That does not appear to have happened in this case, as there was only leftover moisture left over from Peter which survived and became part of Teresa.

If it really had been a zombie storm, the National Hurricane Center would have brought Peter’s name back rather than switching to another name on the list.

An example of a “zombie storm” in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is Hurricane Paulette, which initially formed on September 7 before making landfall and was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone on September 16. At the height of the storm, it was a Category 2 hurricane. The storm regained its tropical characteristics on September 21 and was again upgraded to tropical storm status.

Teresa is the 19th storm to form during the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

This year’s season is just behind last year’s record-breaking season, which generated a total of 23 named storms on September 24. The National Hurricane Center must have used Greek letters to name late-season storms after going through the full list of storm names for the year. In comparison, from 1991 to 2020, 14.4 named storms were produced on average during a hurricane season.

There are only two storm names left for the 2021 season, Victor and Wanda. Beyond that, an additional list of names compiled by the World Meteorological Organization will be used to name organized cyclones.

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Farm in Croatia offers bee ‘hotel’ with busy owners https://xovenagricultor.org/farm-in-croatia-offers-bee-hotel-with-busy-owners/ https://xovenagricultor.org/farm-in-croatia-offers-bee-hotel-with-busy-owners/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 11:31:00 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/farm-in-croatia-offers-bee-hotel-with-busy-owners/

GARESNICA, Croatia, September 24 (Reuters) – A family in Croatia has opened a “bee hotel” offering productive beehives for sale to customers who want to keep bees but lack the time or space to care for them. tiny pollinators themselves.

Domagoj Balja says the company is responding to the growing curiosity of buyers of its honey about how it is made, at a time when beekeeping is suffering from a global decline in bee populations.

At agricultural fairs, said the farmer, “we have so often been asked: ‘Is your honey really homemade?’ … As experienced beekeepers, we felt a little upset, even offended. . “

“Then my wife and I came up with the idea of ​​letting people learn how it works by having their own beehives,” said Balja, whose family has spent decades raising bees.

The family, from the town of Garesnica in northeastern Croatia, are offering people wishing to have their own homemade honey a three-year contract worth 2,500 kuna ($ 391.32).

“They can buy a beehive from us which we then take care of, and during those three years half of the honey production goes to them,” he said. “We jointly collect the honey from the hive. At the right times, a hive can produce around 30 kilograms of honey (per year),” Balja said.

Twenty-five clients currently own bees on the farm. While most are from Croatian cities, some are from further afield, including a pilot from Dubai and a football coach from Jeddah.

“This aspect of our job isn’t really about racking up profits, it’s about teaching people beekeeping,” said Balja, who aims to have 40 “hotel” clients eventually.

Owners can take their hive elsewhere after three years, although it is not easy to find another location.

Nena Salopek bought a beehive last year and harvested four kg (9 lbs) of honey for herself. It’s “a perfect taste,” she said, although she worries about the effect of climate change on bee productivity.

Vital for plant fertilization, bees are threatened by human activities, including the use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as by climate change.

Balja said this has been the worst year for honey production in decades, after snow and frost in the spring. “In the spring, we had to feed the bees so that we didn’t starve, which had never happened to us before,” he said.

($ 1 = 6.3887 kuna)

Reporting by Antonio Bronic and Igor Ilic, editing by William Maclean

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Derbyshire: Buckfast bees find their home with the Presentation Sisters https://xovenagricultor.org/derbyshire-buckfast-bees-find-their-home-with-the-presentation-sisters/ https://xovenagricultor.org/derbyshire-buckfast-bees-find-their-home-with-the-presentation-sisters/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 19:20:03 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/derbyshire-buckfast-bees-find-their-home-with-the-presentation-sisters/

In this Season of Creation, we are encouraged to do or undertake something that will help our planet….

In our efforts to take better care of our land, we decided to invest in a beehive. Our next door neighbors, Julia and Eric, were a big help – they had a bee hive AND a spare hive. His son Daniel and his wife are beekeepers and this is how our adventure began.

At the end of June, the beehive was placed in an alcove in the church cemetery next to our house. Daniel has gone to find a swarm of bees in Buckfast. He had suggested these bees because they are gentle and were bred as early as 1919 (at Buckfast) to be more acclimatized to England. We were also aware that the schoolchildren were next door and their playground was on the other side of the hedge.

The bees arrived and were put in the hive but unfortunately some had died on the way and the others were struggling.

Daniel the beekeeper returned to Buckfast – they needed to know in case there was a bee breeding problem. Another swarm was reared and housed in the hive. These are booming.

We planted bee-friendly bushes and flowers in our garden and in the cemetery.

It’s amazing to see them working in our garden and lining up to enter the hive to collect their nectar.

On the fringes – they do a great job pollinating our flowers and bushes.

We are now picking up our empty jam jars ready for honey ………

From cathedrals to candles, from clothes to the Exsultet of the Paschal Vigil, the church honors, depicts and integrates bees in its representation of the life offered to others. Common words, like “cell” in a monastery, derive from cells in a beehive. It is a group of single worker bees, supporting each other for the survival of the whole. The high altar in St. Peter’s Basilica is covered with bees. Saint John Chrysostom once shared in a homily:

“The bee is more honored than other animals,

not because he works,

but because he works for others. “

Martin Marklin embarked on beekeeping outside of his core business, producing thousands of hand-carved liturgical candles each year in the Marklin Candle workshop in Contoocook, New Hampshire. Beekeeping, however, became his own calling, and the more Marklin learned about the life of bees, the more he saw how the hive reflected the early church.

Martin has a five-minute video called Be The Bee in which he parallels the bees and us as a Church.

https://youtu.be/ZxDesicz62g

In light of the video, consider the following questions:

Martin Marklin says he became interested in beekeeping when he realized he “had no idea how bees did what they did.” What aspects of your job interest you? How could exploring these areas open your imagination? Is there any anxiety you need to overcome to do this?

Marklin says the bee community “reflects the way the early church was.” Do you see any powerful metaphors for the church around you?

In what ways are you “working for others”? Is this a useful mindset in your organization?

As a candle maker Marklin takes joy in knowing that the work of his hands becomes “the light of Christ in the world”. Do you see your work this way? Could you?

Markin urges everyone to “be the bee” – to find beauty and turn it into something even more beautiful. Are there places in your life and work where you can do this?

Finally, we invited parishioners and schoolchildren to get involved, donating crocus bulbs to help create a crocus carpet in St Joseph’s cemetery – and feed our bees. We hope to get the children from St Joseph’s school to plant the bulbs.

(This was first published in Faith & Leadership: www.faithandleadership.com

Key words: Bees, Sisters Presentation, Season of Creation, Sister Susan Reichert PBVM

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Producers, researchers and industry are working together on difficult questions – this is the “Bee Knees” https://xovenagricultor.org/producers-researchers-and-industry-are-working-together-on-difficult-questions-this-is-the-bee-knees/ https://xovenagricultor.org/producers-researchers-and-industry-are-working-together-on-difficult-questions-this-is-the-bee-knees/#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 21:02:16 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/producers-researchers-and-industry-are-working-together-on-difficult-questions-this-is-the-bee-knees/

RDAR funding already supports University of Lethbridge research on queen and colony health

Alberta Beekeepers Commission Executive Director Connie Phillips agrees having access to the right advice is essential to ensure Alberta continues to lead the country in honey production and seed pollination of hybrid canola and blueberries.

“Connecting experts to producers through AGvisorPRO has the potential to accelerate understanding and collaboration through the dissemination and sharing of knowledge among key players in the food chain to create positive impacts on bees in Alberta. and improve their health. “

AGvisorPRO, founded by agricultural entrepreneur Robert Saik, allows curious minds to connect with experts in real time via voice, chat or video on their smartphones.

“AGvisorPRO is an Alberta-born technology company that strives to solve a global agricultural problem – getting farmers access to the right advice from the right, trusted experts at the right time. By leveraging technology, we can put experts in the field without having to be physically present on the farm. I’m excited for the opportunity to help growers, including beekeepers, by working with people like the RDAR and the Alberta Beekeepers Commission to solve the challenges farmers face on the ground.

An important element of the collaboration is that the research priorities of the RDAR are determined by the producers and not by the researchers. It all depends on what the grower needs to maintain profitability and sustainability.

RDAR CEO Dr Mark Redmond notes that drought and heat stress issues have affected so many food producers in Alberta, including beekeepers, making this kind of help crucial.

“Led by the grower every step of the way, and in response to the challenges of drought and heat stress this year, RDAR has developed Fast Call, our newest responsive finance initiative. Fast Call-funded projects will put the necessary knowledge and extension into the hands of producers faster than ever before. “

You can read more about this new technology program and other RDAR research projects at rdar.ca/research

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Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and beyond.

• Beekeepers are divided on a state lottery that aims to increase the pollinator population by offering free hives, with some fearing that giving the equipment to inexperienced caretakers will not do much good. “If you want to catch bees and let them die, what does it do?” [for the environment]? ” – Modern farmer

• Southwest Virginia would lose a seat in the House of Delegates under draft maps presented to the Virginia Redistricting Commission. — Bristol Herald Courier

• Police charged a 15-year-old student Monday with a Newport News high school shooting, which left two injured. — Daily Press

• Pittsylvania County leaders have agreed to spend $ 16.5 million to connect nearly every home in the county to high-speed Internet. — Danville Register & Bee

• Richmond’s bus network could suffer dramatic cuts this winter due to understaffing. — Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Virginia Beach man accused of hiring a hitman to kill his ex-wife has been released from prison after prosecutors withdrew the charges against him. Authorities said they had no choice after alleged hitman withdrew plea deal over death penalty abolition. — Virginian-Pilot

• A Suffolk judge ruled that the school board violated the state’s freedom of information law by refusing to allow a member of the public to attend a council retreat this summer and instead led the public to a live broadcast of the proceedings. — Suffolk News-Herald

• A Winchester judge dismissed a lawsuit against the local hospital filed by three nurses who lost their jobs after refusing to comply with a vaccination warrant. — Winchester Star

• A non-profit organization created to support the parks of the city of Richmond apologized for creating a promotional video “which combines graphic images of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 with recent volunteer activities at two African cemeteries. -historic Americans. ”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A Henrico man received hundreds of calls on his home phone from confused voters in neighboring Chesterfield County after the local registrar printed the wrong number on the postal voting instructions. — WRIC

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Witness a miracle: the harvest of honey from Masjid Al Qur’an https://xovenagricultor.org/witness-a-miracle-the-harvest-of-honey-from-masjid-al-quran/ https://xovenagricultor.org/witness-a-miracle-the-harvest-of-honey-from-masjid-al-quran/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 22:55:30 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/witness-a-miracle-the-harvest-of-honey-from-masjid-al-quran/

Masjid Al Qur’an’s chief beekeeper, Shaimai Wu, has been looking after the bees since their arrival at the start of Ramadan.

United in their interest for bees

Shaimai Wu, or as he prefers Abu Zakaria, grew up in a Muslim family in China on his mother’s side who raised bees. “I spent several summers with my grandparents, attending beekeeping and honey harvesting, but I never raised bees myself,” he said.

Today he works in the supply chain field as the planning and purchasing director for Design House in Mequon. “About five years ago I discovered a beekeeping club in Milwaukee and thought I could pick up where I left off many years ago,” he said.

Abu Zakaria has been raising bees on his own for five years.

Imam Hafiz Muhammad Shafiq has taken an increasing interest in bees since his participation in a beekeeping program in 1987 while a university student in Pakistan.

“It was just a few weeks, but I learned a lot about beekeeping and bees, ”he said. “Since then, I have wanted to know more about bees. I always like to go to honey and bee discussions. When I arrived in the United States, I discovered that there were a lot of people doing this.

“There is a family about a 10 minute drive from here. I was going to buy them honey and talk to them. I learned a lot from them.

When the imam’s daughter, Aiman, was in college, she did a project on how the signals emitted by cell phones cause bee decline, he said. By carrying out this project, “We have developed a closer bond with this family and we have started to learn more about it,” he said.

Meanwhile, four years ago, Abu Zakaria joined Al Quran’s Medina program as a student, said Imam Shafiq. Abu Zakaria invited the imam to accompany him to see his beehives, which he did several times.

Last year, Imam Shafiq asked Abu Zakaria if he thought the Al Qur’an community could keep its own bees. They looked at the educational benefits for young people and the community as a whole.

This would create “a hands-on learning opportunity,” Imam Shafiq said.

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2021-2027 Beekeeping Market Growth Analysis https://xovenagricultor.org/2021-2027-beekeeping-market-growth-analysis/ https://xovenagricultor.org/2021-2027-beekeeping-market-growth-analysis/#respond Tue, 21 Sep 2021 09:38:13 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/2021-2027-beekeeping-market-growth-analysis/

Beekeeping is the scientific breeding of honey bees for the commercial production of honey and other bee products such as wax, pollen, bee venom, and royal jelly. It is also called beekeeping. Beekeepers are called beekeepers and the place where bees are kept is called beekeeping. The growing awareness of the health of the population and the desire to find a better substitute for sugar is driving the growth of the beekeeping market. Beekeeping products are very nutritious and healthy.

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Growing High Point will host the first Let’s Grow Gala https://xovenagricultor.org/growing-high-point-will-host-the-first-lets-grow-gala/ https://xovenagricultor.org/growing-high-point-will-host-the-first-lets-grow-gala/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 23:15:00 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/growing-high-point-will-host-the-first-lets-grow-gala/

September 20 — HIGH POINT – The community is invited to support Growing High Point’s first fundraising dinner, the Let’s Grow Gala, on Thursday October 7th.

Growing High Point will host the dinner featuring fine Southern cuisine, including local produce from Twin Oaks Urban Farm and Sweet Seed Urban Farm, selected wines and locally brewed beer.

The gala will benefit Growing High Point’s work to transform disadvantaged neighborhoods by developing a resilient local food system that engages the communities it serves through community gardens, urban farms, an apiary / beekeeper apprenticeship program, the Food Hub on Washington Street; and Growdega, a mobile food market, according to Patrick Harman, founder and chairman of the board. The gala will take place outside the home of Harman and his wife, Susan.

“Growing High Point became more impactful than I could have imagined when we started in 2016,” said Harman. “With additional community support, we can take our organization to the next level.”

Event President Randy Carda said he sees the Let’s Grow Gala as an opportunity to introduce Growing High Point to more people.

“I am excited about what we have accomplished in our early years, and I really look forward to letting our community at large know how we are bringing hope and transforming neighborhoods,” Cards said.

Growing High Point began working about five years ago to transform dilapidated downtown properties into urban gardens and boost underfunded neighborhoods through community engagement, empowerment and entrepreneurship.

The Lenny Peters Foundation is the presenting sponsor of the premiere of what is expected to be an annual fundraiser for Growing High Point.

Participants will follow COVID-19 security protocols, said Willa Mays, executive director of Growing High Point.

“We strongly encourage vaccinations, masks and proper social distancing at this outdoor event,” Mays said. “All of our volunteers and staff will go out of their way to ensure a safe but wonderful evening for our guests.”

More information, including the menu, is available at GrowingHighPoint.org/Gala or by calling 336-848-1516. Participants must send reply cards and checks by October 1 to 710 E. Washington Drive.

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Jackson residents could own farm animals under ordinance that obtains initial clearance https://xovenagricultor.org/jackson-residents-could-own-farm-animals-under-ordinance-that-obtains-initial-clearance/ https://xovenagricultor.org/jackson-residents-could-own-farm-animals-under-ordinance-that-obtains-initial-clearance/#respond Mon, 20 Sep 2021 13:14:33 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/jackson-residents-could-own-farm-animals-under-ordinance-that-obtains-initial-clearance/

JACKSON, MI – A revised ordinance that would allow farm animals within city limits was approved after a first reading by Jackson City Council.

The council voted 6-1 at its Tuesday September 14 meeting to move the urban agriculture ordinance to second reading for further consideration. Council member Laura Dwyer Schlecte voted against the ordinance.

The ordinance would allow city residents to own bees, chickens and “miniature pigs,” with regulations. The first draft of the ordinance was rejected by the council in July due to problems of application and feasibility.

Related: Jackson city council rejects ordinance that would allow residents to own ‘farm animals’

“It’s something that came up to me, and I think it’s something that people want,” said Mayor Derek Dobies.

Dobies said he made changes to the ordinance after speaking with members of Jackson’s “beekeeping and chicken” community, as well as other council members, about concerns they initially raised .

The changes include extending the license renewal period from one to three years and allowing a property with an area of ​​5,000 square feet, rather than 10,000 square feet, to obtain a license. beekeeping. The ordinance also now authorizes two beehives on the same property, rather than one.

“The beekeepers at the Dahlem (environmental education) center said that for the survival of the hives it is recommended to have two,” said Dobies.

The revisions also removed language requiring the licensee to post signs every 50 feet from the property if they have a beehive, which was mentioned as impractical at the previous meeting.

Additionally, the revisions also give clear rights to people who rent out properties within city limits. This includes requiring tenants to receive a signed and notarized consent from the landlord to have animals, and allowing the suspension or revocation of permits at the landlord’s request.

Licensees will also need to receive approval from neighbors when they renew their licenses every three years, according to the ordinance. And licensees will no longer have to erect “barriers” along the property if they own beehives.

Clear fines have also been added to the violation order, including a $ 50 fine after five days of posted notice. Any violation not corrected after 10 days will result in the revocation of the permit, according to the ordinance.

Schlecte said she voted no because the order is a “blanket order” that favors the few residents who have requested it.

“I think if you want chickens, pigs, and bees, you should live in Spring Arbor Township,” she said. “You live in town and I think it’s going to be chaos. “

The Urban Farm Ordinance is expected to receive a second reading at the council meeting on Tuesday, September 28.

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Beekeeper: Taking care of beehives is fun despite the occasional stings | News, Sports, Jobs https://xovenagricultor.org/beekeeper-taking-care-of-beehives-is-fun-despite-the-occasional-stings-news-sports-jobs/ https://xovenagricultor.org/beekeeper-taking-care-of-beehives-is-fun-despite-the-occasional-stings-news-sports-jobs/#respond Sun, 19 Sep 2021 17:53:21 +0000 https://xovenagricultor.org/beekeeper-taking-care-of-beehives-is-fun-despite-the-occasional-stings-news-sports-jobs/

BERNARD – Chris Puetz spends about three hours every Saturday looking after his hives.

“It’s a time commitment, but it’s time I block and it’s fun” Puetz said.

Puetz has been an amateur beekeeper for about three years. He takes care of 10 beehives on a farm near Bernard.

“It’s a fun hobby – sometimes a little painful – but collecting honey is always fun because it is the reward of hard work” he said.

Paula Wolfe, of Dubuque, operates Sweet P Creative, a company that sells locally produced gourmet honey. She became a beekeeper in 2014.

“The bees have been good to me – between stings” she told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. “I connect with the bees. They are fascinating and I respect their attendance.

There are approximately 5,000 beekeepers who keep bees in Iowa, according to Iowa State University. Many, like Puetz, started raising bees as a hobby.

“My little brother said to me: ‘I think I want to have bees'” Puetz said. “And I was like, ‘Really.’ That was three years ago, and I said I would join him. We ended up going to a course at NICC. We ordered our first two beehives after that.

‘You can’t close them off’

Puetz faced frustration at the start of the hobby.

“This first year has been difficult” he said. “Our bees couldn’t even get through the winter. We had a whole beehive right in place and off we go.

Bees are wild animals, Wolfe said, and if they want to go, they will.

“You cannot close them” she said. “I had a lot of grief because losing beehives is devastating.”

Puetz orders bees from a larger producer.

“They separate their hives and create packages, and they will sell them”, he said. “You can buy between $ 125 and $ 175 per pack of bees, which they call a nuc. You install them in your hives. You drive to Des Moines, collect your bees, come back, put them in their hive that day, then pray that they don’t fly off on you.

“I didn’t know much about beekeeping and I fell into it; it was a happy coincidence “, said Wolfe. “I started to learn more. The biggest challenge was to settle. It is an investment in time and in equipment.

Randall Cass, an Iowa State extension entomologist specializing in bees and other pollinators, suggests that people considering the hobby should be prepared for the time and financial commitments.

“Beekeeping is fun and exciting, and my advice is to make sure you are prepared for the time and costs associated with learning to be a good beekeeper and maintaining the hives.” Cass said.

Cass said the beehives include larger beehive boxes called depths, shallower beehive boxes called honey supers, frames, bottom boards and beehive lids.

Beekeepers usually protect themselves from stings with veils that can be placed over hats or costumes that cover the entire body.

“Obviously you need protective gear” Puetz said. “Getting stung is no fun, and getting stung in the face is even less so. Equipment for a few beehives will cost $ 200, and your bees will cost around $ 300. Your protective gear, like your costume and veil, will cost around $ 100. You could be looking at $ 1,000 for a few beehives. “

“They were really crazy that day”

According to the state of Iowa, only 1% of the population is severely allergic to stings. Still, stings can be a painful part of the hobby for any beekeeper.

“I took my fair share of bites,” said Wolfe. “I once moved a beehive without a queen. You can tell that a hive is queenless because the worker bees make a high pitched, stressed sound. So, they were already stressed. They got into my costume and into my hair. I ended up on steroids (because of the bites).

Puetz had only been stung about three times until August.

“One day, I got bitten eight times in the legs” he said. “They were really crazy that day.”

“I do it because it’s fun – it’s great”

Puetz collects honey once a year.

“Some people will harvest in the spring and fall, but being so new to this area, we only harvest in the fall,” he said. “When we harvest the honey, we take out the honey frame, and then we put it in a pen. You will want to put it in a pen because the bees want to collect this honey. Bees do not appreciate the time of harvest because it is their winter food. It would be as if someone walked into your fridge, took it all out and walked away with it. “

Puetz uses a specialized tool to scrape off the wax caps, then swirl the honey away from the remaining wax in an extractor.

“From there it’ll go through two different filters and from there you can bottle it. “ he said. “It takes a lot of manual work, but I do it because it’s fun. It’s an explosion.

After extracting the honey, Puetz wraps the boxes containing the hives and begins to feed the bees to help them survive the winter.

“A lot of people don’t realize that you have to feed your bees in the spring and fall” he said. “You either have to have indoor feeders or buckets that you can place on top so they can drink a sugar syrup. Every year I probably buy almost 300 lbs. sugar. If there is no food, they will fly away.

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