Tag Archives: beekeeping

Do Honey Harvesting Practices Need to Change?

jean the beekeeper

Some believe it’s time to return to the old ways for harvesting honey for the sake of the bees. Many blame viruses, mites, bacteria and beetles for the decline of the bees, but these are only symptoms of what ails them. Exploitative and mechanistic bee keeping methods could be the real culprits. What if the bee’s very […]

CREATING A QUEEN

QUEEN BEE

From time to time, beekeepers will need to replace old queens or provide a queen to a hive that has, for one reason or another, lost their queen. One method of making new queens is by the Doolittle Method (named for G.M. Doolittle). This is done by grafting the appropriate aged larvae into homemade wax cups. This […]

another day, another article! (or two)

http://www.amny.com/lifestyle/nyc-beekeeping-is-booming-with-261-hives-1.9269589 This one is about the NYC beekeepers, NYC you say? yes, urban beekeeping is on the rise (you might even say, on the “high-rise”) in NYC more and more people are keeping bees on the rooftops of hotels, restaurants and more! It tells a little about the (not so) humble beginnings of urban beekeeping […]

Buy locally built bee boxes, beehives and other beekeeping equipment.

Amaral, our beekeeping intern, Ralph Gousse, with Haiti Help Med Plus and Jean (with Winter Park Honey) went to visit Gene Petys last weekend to see his woodworking shop in Tampa, Florida. Gene’s shop is complete with everything he needs to build the parts for beehives. He’s designed and built many of the machines from […]

Never leave empty space in a beehive.

I opened my beehives today and found this interesting frame.  Someone (couldn’t have me!) put a frame in the hive that had no foundation.  The bees were good with that.  They just filled the space in by making honeycomb at a 90 degree angle to the other comb in the hive.  Ugh!  Click image for […]

Honeybees need a life raft so they don’t drown while they munch on honey in a cup.

These bees are catching a quick meal from some of Winter Park Honey’s leftover samples. To prevent the bees from drowning in their own honey, I put a paper towel in the bowls. The paper towels act like life rafts, giving the bees something to stand on while they graze. Winter time is a tough […]