December 22, 2014

Queen Rearing with Marla Spivak

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“It’s time to be gentle guys,” intoned Marla Spivak as the 7 members of my group from the class of 30 filed into the darkened lab room. We were about to learn how to graft one-day old larvae under the watchful eyes of Marla and Judy Wu, a PhD candidate studying the effects of neonicotinoids. This was July 7, 2012 the morning of day two of the two-and-a-half day Queen Rearing Short Course … [Read more...]

Beginner Teacher Teaching Beginning Beekeepers

Peter Richardson, Phil Gaven, and Ian Munger representing Maine at EAS

Last fall, Megan Gaven casually mentioned that she would like to see Phil and I teach beekeeping. Why? Who knows, but I agreed. It has been said by wiser people than I that to teach a subject, you must truly master it. If that is the criteria, I have no business teaching. But Phil assured me that I didn’t need to know everything about beekeeping to teach beginners, just more than they know. He … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

The Beekeeper's Lament by Hannah Nordhaus

Nordhaus introduces us to John Miller, a third-generation commercial beekeeper based in North Dakota who makes his living hauling his hives all over the western United States. He also happens to be a funny, meticulous and conscientious beekeeper who works his trade out of a love and fascination for bees. He certainly doesn’t do it for the money. Hannah Nordhaus, a journalist with no beekeeping … [Read more...]