July 24, 2014

Getting Started with Beekeeping

Honeybee with mite

Join your local Bee Club Go to "Bee School" (be sure to as at your local bee club who the best instructors for your style of beekeeping will be) Find a mentor Order bees Order equipment Have fun     … [Read more...]

Stan Brown’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Stan Brown’s Soft Molasses Cookies

Preparation time: 20 minutes 1 c unsalted butter 1/2 c sugar, plus additional for dusting 1/2 c honey 1/2 c molasses 2 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 11/4 tsp cinnamon 1 1/4 tsp ground cloves 3/4 tsp ground ginger 2 large eggs 3 1/2 c unbleached white flour In large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses while mixing at slow speed. Add … [Read more...]

Pumpkin/Squash Pie

From the Sunburst Farm Family Cookbook

contributed by Karen Thurlow-Kimball   2 c steamed or canned squash or pumpkin 1 c milk 4 eggs ½ c honey ¼ c molasses ½ c powdered cow or soy milk ½ tsp sea salt ½ tsp ginger ½ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla Makes two 9-inch pies. Prepare and pre-bake two 9-inch crusts at 425°F for 10 minutes. Combine all filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into the … [Read more...]

Honey Bee Etiquette

Sagadahoc Beekeepers Open Hive

by Tony Jadczak, Maine Department of Agriculture 1. Situate hives away from lot (property) lines and occupied buildings. 2. Locate hives away from roads and areas frequented by pedestrian and animal traffic. 3. In populated areas, uses fences and hedges as screens to conceal hives and to elevate the bees’ flight path.  Vegetation and fences also serve as windbreaks. 4. Do not situate … [Read more...]

Erin MacGregor-Forbes of Overland Apiaries on Bill Green’s Maine

Bill Green's Maine

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Beekeeping Associations and Publications

Eastern Apiculture Society of N. America, Loretta Surprenant, Sec., Box 300 Essex, NY 12936 E-mail: secretary@easternapiculture.org Web: http://easternapiculture.org/ (518) 963-7593. American Apitherapy Society 5535 Balboa Blvd. Suite 225 Encino, CA. 91316 Phone: 1-818-501-0446 Web: http://www.apitherapy.org/ The American Beekeeping Federation PO Box 1038 Jesup, GA … [Read more...]

Swarming Reviewed

Snelgrove Board (from beebitz.com)

During the last two years, there have been “swarming issues” among many new and seasoned beekeepers. In both 2006 and 2007, beekeepers reported swarms from hives established with packages and nucs during late May-June even though there was room for colony expansion. A number of beekeepers reported that the new hives issued swarms before the bees had moved into the second hive body. In both 2006 … [Read more...]