Beekeeping – Xoven Agricultor Sun, 09 Jan 2022 10:43:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Beekeeping – Xoven Agricultor 32 32 Busy beekeeper Edgars Šneiders / Article Sun, 09 Jan 2022 08:58:27 +0000

Once upon a time there was Edgars and Krista Šneiders who led cosmopolitan lives, dividing their time between Riga and Tallinn running tourist businesses. But, yearning for a bucolic place to raise their three children, they moved in 2016 to a dilapidated old farmhouse on 3 hectares of land in Smārde, 50 km west of Riga.

Over the next few years, they established a comfortable home there and planted sea buckthorn bushes to make super healthy juice. A little later, Edgars attended courses organized by the Association of Latvian Beekeepers (winning the title of Best New Beekeeper in 2018), and he now devotes himself to harvesting honey, which is marketed under the brand “Smārdes medus »(Honey from Smārde).

Today the family manages 100 beehives, all handcrafted by Edgars. He collects delicious treats made from buckwheat, heather and the invasive Canadian goldenrod (he also experiments with honey obtained from giant hogweed, the black beast Latvian farmers). Pollen, propolis and beeswax products have also found enthusiastic customers.

Smarde honey

Photo: Philippe Birzulis

Smārde is surrounded on three sides by Kēmeri National Park, and Edgars makes the most of this pristine setting by treating every type of honey with respect. Unlike large commercial farms, he doesn’t just mix all the honey into a homogeneous mass at the end of the season.

“People often ask why we have such tasty honey,” says Edgars. “And I tell them it’s because right after the apple or lime trees have finished blooming, I go out and pick the honey. So each batch is different and delicious.

On the property, a traditional-style cabin houses a shop selling honey and sea buckthorn juice to visitors (open afternoons on weekends and other days by appointment). The family also distributes in several health food stores closer to Riga and delivers orders online to Ominva parcel distributors.

In the summer they organize corporate and children’s events, and with Smārde only a short drive from Jurmala, Edgars hopes to attract day trippers to the resort to learn about bees. It engagingly tells surprising facts about these complex creatures. Did you know they have five eyes? Or that worker bees have tiny spoons on the end of their long tongues to reach for the nectar inside the flowers? Or that the Girl Scout bees perform a dance indicating the precise angle of flight to reach the right pollen?

In winter, Edgars travels to Germany to earn money driving trucks, leaving Krista in charge of the store. During these trips, he noticed that most of the honey in Western Europe was runny and of poor quality (the only real honey being available in Russian grocery stores).

Edgars believes this is in part due to EU regulations, which for years have allowed low-grade Chinese honey mixed with a small amount of local honey to be sold as a European product. But he also believes that the more northern latitudes, including Latvia, simply have better conditions for obtaining honey. Here, the short flowering season prompts the plants to produce nectar more intensely in order to attract pollinators, making the honey tastier and more nutritious.

Smārde Honey Shop

Photo: Philippe Birzulis

According to Edgars, Latvia has greater forest cover and uses less pesticides than most other EU countries. Additionally, Latvian beehives are smaller and more extensive than industrial-scale beekeeping practiced elsewhere, such as the notorious plantations in California where trucks of bees are brought in to pollinate the almonds. This protects the Latvian bee colonies from the parasites and viruses that are decimating bee populations around the world.

Due to what Edgars considers petty and costly rules, “Smārdes medus” has not achieved organic certification. But even without a label, he insists his honey is healthier and more natural than the average store-bought product. And he thinks that Latvia should use all its advantages to market its products under the name “Nordic Honey”.

“Latvian honey is very environmentally friendly and competitive, but if we want to sell it, we have to educate customers about it,” he says.

Like bee colonies, the economic ecosystem needs to be carefully maintained. Covid-era bans on fairs, even those even held outdoors, have hurt manufacturers of family food products, and increasingly stringent tax laws aren’t helping either. Edgars says the government should be more pro-small business.

But that doesn’t spoil his passion for what he does.

“Small entrepreneurs are a tough bunch, and if you slam the door on us, we’ll find a way out the window,” says Edgars. “We never give up and we will always find a way to survive and make a living.”

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Foundations urge increased support for long-term IOCC fire response in Greece Fri, 07 Jan 2022 16:58:53 +0000

BALTIMORE, MD – Two family foundations, the George and Judy Marcus Foundation and the Jaharis Family Foundation, have jointly provided International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) with a six-figure matching challenge grant to support the long-term response IOCC term to summer forest fires in Greece.

In the summer of 2021, forest fires raged across Evia, Attica and the Peloponnese in Greece, destroying homes, businesses and livelihoods as around 300,000 acres burned. Euboea, Greece’s second largest island, has been hit particularly hard, with a third of its forests burned, including valuable pine trees, the base of traditional beekeeping, honey, and resin collecting industries.

With the Marcuses providing the main donation of $ 300,000 through the George and Judy Marcus Family Foundation, Mr. Marcus encouraged the IOCC to multiply the proceeds to help more people. In addition, the Jaharis Family Foundation has committed an additional $ 85,000, creating a matching donation challenge fund totaling $ 385,000. To meet the vast needs of the fire-ravaged areas, the Marcus and Jaharis Foundations are working with the IOCC to urge others to support recovery efforts.

“We are extremely grateful for the help of these two foundations over the years,” said Constantine Triantafilou, Executive Director and CEO of IOCC. “Without these staunch supporters, IOCC could not have the necessary impact for communities facing the devastation of the fires. “

Thanks to these tremendous donations, along with existing support from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the IOCC is already on the ground in Greece, leveraging its extensive experience in emergency response and development. long-term development assistance. The IOCC is committed to long-term programming to help families and communities rebuild their homes, businesses and livelihoods, especially by helping small farmers and microenterprises. The response began with the IOCC’s field needs assessments, which the team used to design personalized short- and long-term assistance in affected areas. Programming began immediately in the municipality of Ileia, in the western Peloponnese, an area which also experienced widespread fires in 2007. The emergency response supported the educational needs and basic necessities of the families.

The IOCC assessment also determined that long-term needs were just as important, especially in Evia. Because the economy of this region depends on the agricultural industries producing honey and resin, the payback will be long as the pine stands slowly recover. Over time, IOCC will help the people affected by the fire restore their honey and resin businesses. In addition, programs will support livestock farmers affected by the fires by providing them with animal feed.

As this work is expected to continue in the months and years to come, the Marcus and Jaharis Foundations urge IOCC supporters to join them in helping communities in Greece restore their livelihoods. Donations can be made online: or by phone: 877-803-4622.

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is the humanitarian and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America. Since its inception in 1992, IOCC has provided more than $ 742 million in humanitarian assistance and sustainable development programs in more than 60 countries around the world. Today, the IOCC applies its expertise in humanitarian response to natural and man-made crises in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, providing assistance based solely on need.

Learn more at and follow @IOCCRelief on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

OSU grants for animal diseases and honey bee colony numbers increase Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:05:36 +0000

** Three grants of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network will enable the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, located at Oregon State University, to continue to expand its role in responding to large epidemics in Northwestern Peaceful.

The main objective of the laboratory is to test and diagnose animal diseases, including infectious diseases in farm animals.

But, when the COVID-19 pandemic first struck, the lab also helped test human samples, at a time of extremely limited testing capacity in Oregon.

** Over the past 20 years, the US beekeeping industry has undergone significant changes that have included fluctuating bee colony numbers coupled with declines in honey yield per colony.

According to, until 2008, bee disease and high winter losses contributed to the decline of honey bee colonies, dropping to 2.3 million, the lowest on record.

As beekeepers adapted, the number of colonies began to replenish steadily.

** Around 15,000 producers covering agricultural industries across the United States will be invited to participate in the 2022 Census of Agriculture content test starting this month., the selected producers were chosen based on data reported from the previous year and were organized to represent farms of all types, regions and value sets.

Participants will be invited to complete a questionnaire aimed at improving the reporting experience of the new Respondent Portal.

Kids compete in second Itty Bitty Bakers Bake Off Christmas cookie – Shelby County Reporter Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:36:01 +0000

By EMILY SPARACINO | Editor-in-chief

VACUUM – Almost 40 children competed for top honors at the second annual holiday event at a local baking school.

While preparing the Itty Bitty Bakers 2021 Children’s Christmas Cookies on Sunday, December 19, young contestants brought their homemade cookies to a panel of judges, who were tasked with nominating the winners in the categories for the best wholemeal cookie, most festive cookie, Best tasting cookie and the most unique cookie.

The judgment took place outside the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce office, on the interior patio overlooking the Riverchase Galleria food court.

Once again, the contestants impressed the judges with their creativity and mastery of the concepts of baking and decorating cookies.

“In 2020, we had our very first Christmas Cookie Bake Off, and it was so much fun,” said Jessica Hamby, founder of Itty Bitty Bakers. “Many parents have told us that it is the highlight of Christmas for their children.”

The 2021 winners were:

  • Best Multipurpose Cookie (Wooden Spoon Award) – Emma Cooley, Emma’s Deck the Doodles
  • Most Festive Cookie – Ruthie McKinney, The Peppermint Party Cookie
  • Best Tasting Cookie – Charlotte Guess, Caramel Gingerbread Cookies
  • Most Unique Cookie – Desi McCain, Snow Cookies

The finalists in each category were:

  • Best Versatile Cookie – Ruthie McKinney, First Finalist for The Peppermint Party Cookie, and Desi McCain, Second Finalist for Snow Cookies
  • Most Festive Cookie – Vincent Chiu, first finalist for Melted Snowman Cookies; Evie Schrock, second finalist for Cookies for Santa; and Ellie Harris, third runner-up of Santa Madeleine Cookies
  • Best Tasting Cookie – Camellia Bradford, First Finalist for Peppermint Blast Cookies; Desi McCain, second finalist for White Chocolate Chip Snow Cookies; and Emma Cooley, third finalist for Snickerdoodle Cookies with Royal Icing / Emma’s Deck the Doodles
  • Most Unique Cookie – Charlotte Guess, # 1 Caramel Ginger Cookie; Oliver Mims, second for Hot Cocoa in the Snow; and Abby Harris, third finalist for Oatmeal Cream Pie Christmas Tree Cookies

The idea of ​​baking is for kids to pull out old cookbooks, consult cookbooks from the library, and talk to older family members about their favorite cookie recipes.

Children are also encouraged to work with parents on purchasing ingredients and the kitchen cleaning process.

At the event, each child had the opportunity to practice their public speaking skills by presenting their cookies to the judges.

Once all the cookies were presented, the judges performed a taste test before determining the winners.

This year’s judges included:

  • Ramsey Nuss (Pursell) of Good Neighbor Baking. Self-taught bakery, Nuss started her home baking business in early 2019 and is best known for their miniature cookie sandwiches and detailed cookie cakes.
  • Ashley Brown of Ashley’s Famous Cookies. Brown started baking cookies to satisfy his sweet tooth after having his first son in 2016. Ashley’s Famous Cookies formed in 2018 and has grown as an online cookie business significantly since then.
  • Adam Hickman of Foxhound Bee Company. Prior to running his beekeeping supply business full time in Birmingham, Hickman was a recipe developer for several of the nation’s top food brands.

Each winner received a $ 50 Itty Bitty Bakers credit to use on any course, camp or merchandise.

For more information on Itty Bitty Bakers, visit

boost on green recovery in Bommai’s first budget | Mysore News Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:27:00 +0000 Shrinivasa.M
Mysuru: Extreme weather events are now a reality. In an effort to mitigate the impact of ecological concerns, the State Biodiversity Board proposed a green twist in Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai’s first budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
A group of experts led by the chairman of the board of directors Ananth Hegde Ashisara made 22 recommendations to the CM in this regard. Experts suggested addressing ecological concerns while plans and sub-plans are prepared at the departmental level, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The main recommendations include stopping landslides, conserving well-known forests, grazing land for cows, devara kaadu, cultivating fruit trees and trees of local varieties instead of monoculture through tax and forestry services jointly. Strengthening of biodiversity committees and protection of biodiversity through rural development and the department of panchayat raj.
The strengthening of forestry committees at the village level, the formation of the medicinal plant conservation area, green walls along the coast to stop marine erosion, etc. were proposed by the forestry department. Biogas production units have been proposed by the urban planning service.
Experts suggested that the government engage the horticulture department to promote beekeeping, promotion of sambar plants, among others. They also suggested solar power units for lights and geyser for 5 lakh families through the energy department, in addition to the implementation of tree and tree agriculture. a ban on harmful pesticides through the agriculture department.
They also asked the CM to hold a meeting with experts to implement green ideas in its budget.
The expert team includes TV Ramachandra and other scientists from IISc, Bengaluru, Dr Vamana Acharya, former chairman of the State Pollution Control Board, Keshava H Korse, conservation biologist, etc.
“We submitted a proposal to the CM during the second week of December. It aims to respond to ecological concerns through ministerial planning, ”explained Ananth Hegde Ashisara.
Sahadev, a Koppa activist in Chikkamagalur, said the challenge is to implement the suggestions. “The initiative is good. But the question is whether the government will seriously implement the suggestions. Ashisara’s report on landslides in the Western Ghats has not been implemented so far. So I don’t think the government will take anything seriously, ”he said. ]]>
Cell phones play key role in bee decline Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:50:34 +0000

It sounds like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror movie. But some scientists suggest our love of cellphones could cause massive food shortages, as global crops fail.

They advance the theory that radiation emitted by cell phones and other high-tech gadgets is a possible answer to one of the strangest mysteries to ever arise in the natural world – the abrupt disappearance of bees that pollinate crops.

Honey bees are one of the most important species in the world and life without them would be virtually impossible. You may have heard that a world without bees means a world without fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts. It’s true, Albert Einstein once said that “if the bee were to disappear from the face of the globe, man would only have four years to live”.

Electromagnetic waves emitted by cell phone towers and cell phones can pose a threat to honey bees, a study published in India concluded.

An experiment in the southern state of Kerala found that a sudden drop in the bee population was caused by towers set up statewide by mobile phone companies to expand their network.

Beekeeping (technical term for beekeeping) is a well-developed industry in India, which is why the majority of research on the impact of mobile radiation on honey bees is provided by this country. The potential phenomenon of extinct bee populations around the world is known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This could be caused by several reasons, for example climate change and pesticides, as well as the radiation emitted by cell phones, WiFi routers and cell towers. Radio frequency radiation occurs everywhere.

In their report on bee populations in India, scientists Ved Prakash Sharma and Neelima Kumar noted that an increase in the use of electronic devices has led to environmental pollution. “The behavior and biology of bees have been affected by electrosmog because these insects have magnetite in their bodies which helps them navigate,” they said.

According to Dr Sainuddin Pattazhy, who conducted the bee study, “if towers and cell phones continue to increase, bees could be extinct in 10 years.”

Snapshot: Armand Daccache, MD | The Newtown Bee Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:04:26 +0000

Posted: Dec 29, 2018 2021 08:00

Occupation: I am an Ophthalmologist, Retina Specialist, practicing in Danbury and Prospect with CT Eye Consultants since 2008. Previously I worked at Yale Eye Center and VA Hospital. I joined Danbury Eye Physicians in 2008, which later became CT Eye Consultants.

Family: I have been married to Nada for 25 years and we have three children: Joe, Muriel and Anthony.

Pets: We have a Golden Retriever named Zara.

How long have you lived in Newtown? I lived in Newtown for 12 years and counting …

What do you like to do in your free time? Mainly cycling and a bit of skiing in the winter. I also resumed beekeeping during the 2020 containment.

What is your favorite book? Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It was published in 1932, and the themes remain very prescient.

What is your favorite travel destination? Italy.

What’s the best part about Newtown? All preserves and protected open space.

What organizations are you a part of in Newtown? I am part of ‘Team 26’ and ‘United Physicians of Newtown’ (UPoN). The two began in the aftermath of the Dec. 14 tragedy to raise awareness about gun control and mental illness.

Who or what has had the greatest influence in your life? The Renaissance cultural scene as it continues to define our way of life and our Western civilization

If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? My late grandfather, Erudit. He was a great thinker and his influence was enormous on me.

Who is your favorite musical artist? It’s not an artist but the Beatles.

What’s your favorite TV show? Cheers and its sequel Frasier.

What is your favorite movie? He must be The Godfather.

What is your favorite food? Pizza and beer after a bike ride.

If you could travel to the past or the future, which would you choose and why? To go to Florence during the Renaissance. We would still be in the Dark Ages and America would not have been discovered without the Renaissance.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever had? “You will appreciate success much more after failure. “

What can you not do without? My family and my bikes.

What is your proudest achievement? My family and my career coupled with my passion for eye care.

Armand Daccache, MD, is The Newtown Bee’s most recent snapshot. —Photo courtesy of Jennifer Canning

Outer Banks BeeKeepers Guild Announces Annual Honey Contest Winners – The Coastland Times Mon, 27 Dec 2021 12:40:00 +0000

The Outer Banks BeeKeepers Guild announced the winners of their fifth annual honey contest held earlier this month. Guest judges were Rick Coor, senior vice president of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association, and Deb Lawson, local honey expert.

With samples of 13 Outer Banks honeys from the hives of Guild members, judges and participants enjoyed a wide variety of unique tastes. The qualities of the individual honeys – such as density, clarity and flavor – were compared, the votes were tallied and the winners were:

Judge’s Choice – Glenda Grandy

People’s Choice – Tie: Harvey Murray and Gary McDonald

Second place in the People’s Choice – tied at three: Julie and Chris Moye; Daniel, Pat and Dan Hardy; and Markus and Tamara Heyder.

The Outer Banks BeeKeepers’ Guild welcomes anyone interested in learning more about honey bees and beekeeping (or where to buy local honey) to visit for more information or contact OBBG President Dalton Hyde at 919-260-3265.


Apex farm, country store is a local business that supports other local businesses Fri, 24 Dec 2021 01:53:03 +0000

APEX, NC (WNCN) – Neighbor Boy Farm and Country Store is at the heart of Apex.

Everything you see on the farm is from North Carolina: the building siding, the trees and even the tin roof.

All items were donated by locals to create a small one acre farmhouse in the middle of Apex.

Neighbor Boy Farm and Country Store co-owner Valerie Creager said, “Most people say we didn’t know you were here.

Creager and her husband came up with the idea 23 years ago to start a Christmas tree farm, but that idea has grown into something much bigger.

“My husband and I were driving around the country and we saw this sign for farm-fresh eggs, and thought how cute wouldn’t it be to have a country store?” Said Creager.

The Neighbor Country Store is made from donated waste, built by the family that owns it.

Inside the small store, only local products made or designed by locals are sold.

You can find earrings, handmade panels, and the most popular item is honey from a local beekeeper.

“We just wanted to support local businesses and help them become profitable,” Creager said.

The family does not charge for a tour of the farm, which became a certified farm last year, which means it can now stay open year round. They plan to start selling fresh eggs and meat in 2022.

During the summer months, the farm picks berries, tomatoes and green beans. In the fall, you can find pumpkins.

His hours for the lot of Christmas trees are:

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday and Thursday – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday and Friday – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday – 9 am-8pm
  • Sunday – 11:30 am-8pm
The community asked to help the school to produce honey | DeKalb alive Tue, 21 Dec 2021 22:34:00 +0000

Students studying agriculture at Valley Head High School learn about beekeeping and the products that bees produce. Agriculture teacher Cameron Mitchell said the community can play a role in the project by planting the right kind of flora in their gardens.

It is in the best interest of every community to plant vegetation to attract bees. Albert Einstein said: “If the bee were to disappear from the face of the Earth, man would only have four years to live. Residents of the Valley Head area who wish to participate in the school’s honey bee project can help by sowing plants that attract this valuable insect.

It is known that bees travel up to five miles to find the nectar they desire. The school project is located one mile south of the school. The best choice is vegetation native to northern Alabama, such as yellow poplar (also known as tulip poplar) and various clovers. “Bees love clover,” Mitchell said.

Although native plants are the best choice, it is not necessary to select only native plants, a mixture is perfect as long as some native plants are included. Mitchell suggested planting butterfly bushes, sun flowers, red buds, holly and sour wood. He said the flavor of honey is a direct result of the type of plants the bee feeds on. While soybean and cotton fields are great for bees, the pesticides commonly used on these crops are dangerous for bees. Residents can also help by avoiding the use of pesticides.

Locals can go online to Nectar and Pollen Producing Plants of Alabama: A Guide for Beekeepers A printable chart is included with a key listing the names of plants, native regions, flowering months, and plants that donate nectar and pollen.

The students collected and sold honey and now beeswax candles have been added to the product line. Plans are in place to make beeswax stick and to help the public order their own bees. Beeswax is the purest and most natural of all waxes. Beeswax candles clean the air as they burn. Just like lightning, beeswax produces negative ions when heated. Negative ions attach themselves to positive ions like dust, pollen, mold, odors, and toxins that float in the air. Most of the candles on the market are made from paraffin which is chemical based and therefore smokes and releases soot when burnt. “Our candles are made from one hundred percent pure beeswax with only a little essential oil added for aroma,” Mitchell said.

In addition, the students restored a horse trailer from 1987 with the aim of creating a mobile beekeeping laboratory. “It’s perfect for festivals, so we don’t have to set up a booth,” Mitchell said. “I can also use it when I visit elementary schools to teach them all about bees. I bring my literature, microscope and equipment directly to the field when working with bees. Mitchell said the students use the workshop classes to make whatever they need for beekeeping.

The next festival where honey and candles will be sold is scheduled for May 7, 2022 at the Memories of Mayberry Festival in Valley Head.

To learn more about the Valley Head beekeeping program, pick up a copy of DeKalb Living May 2021. To donate to the program, contact the organizers at

Motto of the beekeepers: “The buzz of the bees is the voice of the garden. – American horticultural writer Elizabeth Lawrence.

– Who’s Who by Marla Ballard appears in the Times-Journal editions on Wednesday.