From the yearly archives: 2011

BEES! They Need Our Help.

On September 28, 2011 By Laura

There are 430 different bee species in New York State, including bumble bees, carpenter bees, sweat bees, orchard mason bees, and honeybees.  Bees can’t survive without the flowers of plants and the flowers’ existence depends on the bees.  For the bees, plant pollen and nectar are their sole sources of protein and carbohydrates, respectively.  As [...]

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Know Your Beekeeper

On June 8, 2011 By Laura

Honey is a beautiful gift from my bees.  Straight from the honeycomb to the jar, honey is concentrated nectar from thousands of wildflower blossoms – it is a delicate balance of sugars, aromas, enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins.  Used to sweeten tea, baked in cereals, and mixed in cough drops, honey has become a staple [...]

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Third Grade

On May 30, 2011 By Laura

In third grade, we went on a school trip to meet a beekeeper and tour his apiary.  Amazing day – jumping off the last stair of the bus to join my class standing in a small field, I was greeted by a sweet-tempered, cragged-faced, thin man with a warm smile – a beekeeper!  With white [...]

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The Winter Toll

On March 20, 2011 By Laura

Finally, it was here – a warm weather spell so I could see the little ones and help get their hives in order.  Thursday and Friday were in the 60’s.  To the bee yards to start counting the winter toll.  At first, all the hives looked alive.  I was so happy watching the bees fly [...]

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