Bee Landing Blog

Workshop and speaking scedule for 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

We will be holding hands on workshops at Bee Landing throughout the spring summer and fall of 2011. These will include working the live bees yourself, as well as listening to me talk about treatment free beekeeping. (I don’t shut up the whole 3 hrs)

Workshops are from 1 pm – 4 pm. Cost is $50 for one person— bring your spouse or a friend for an extra $25. contact me for group or family discounts. Kids come free with their parents! Workshops are free when you purchase a bee hive!

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I like to keep the workshops under 10 people, so you may want to pay in advance to insure a spot.

Contact me for lodging as well

The schedule is as follows:

March 12th Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

March 26th Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

April 23rd Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

May 21st Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing. This is Bee pick up day as well for those who ordered Nucs so we will extend the workshop until dusk, so we can load the bees in your car.

June 4th and 5th I will be speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair in Payallup, WA (don’t ask me to pronounce that). They have also asked me to present an additional workshop on harvesting the honey.

June 18th Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

July 7th, 8th, and 9th, I will be presenting at the 10th Anniversary Heartland Apiculture Society Conference in Vincennes, IN (Don’t ask me to pronounce that one either)

July 16th Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

July 30th Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

Aug 13th Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

Aug 27th Hands on Workshop at Bee Landing

Sept 3rd, 4th, and 5th I will be speaking at the Mother Earth News Fair in San Rafael, CA (I can pronounce that one)

Sept 24th and 25th I will be speaking at the Mother Earth News fair in Seven Springs, PA

For workshop payment you can send check or money order to:

Bee Landing
18150 E 752 rd
Humansville, MO 65674

Send me an email or call with questions
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A quote from a family that attended.

“Thank you so much for the wonderful time we had @ your place. We left excited, educated and inspired. We all had such a great time. It put us all on the same page, as far as bee keeping goes, and has given us an interesting hobby to practice together.

It was so nice to be there as a family and to have you focus on our son James so often. With it being his birthday gift it was very important to us that he felt included, and he did.”

Another quote

Meeting and getting to spend time with you all was one of the best days of 2010. Looking forward to seeing you again in the Spring.

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This is a great interview with the Urban Conversion

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

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Feeding refined suggar and HFCS to honey bees

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Previous post for The Mother Earth News

In the beekeeping world it is common to harvest the honey in the fall. In natural beekeeping, we try to leave enough honey to sustain the bees to last until spring. However many beekeepers feed sugar or high fructose corn syrup to bees.

The main reason beekeepers do this supplemental feeding is a matter of simple economics. The commercial beekeepers have a business to run, and when they do the math, it simply does not work from a financial stand point to let the bees eat honey. They can make more money selling the honey and buying an artificial substitute. For a more in-depth view on this see my blog. This post will focus on why we need to let the bees eat their own honey.Me holding a frame of brood at BeeLanding

For eons of time the honey bees have been gathering nectar, mixing it with their own special enzymes, and placing it in the wax cells. The bees create a draft through the hive by flapping their wings in unison to evaporate the moisture from the nectar until it thickens to aproxamitly 18% moisture. During this process the enzymes continue to work and when the bees decide the honey is ripe, they cap it. Capping is simply when the bees cover the cell with wax to seal off their special winter food. The honey is an amazing food that will last indefinitely.

There is another process taking place in the bee hive that few people know about. When the bees bring in pollen they also add enzymes that pickle or ferment the pollen. This pickled pollen is called “bee bread” This bee bread is even more nutritious for the bees because they can assimilate it better. There have been over 8,000 different micro organisms recorded living in the bee bread. It is a fine tuned and balanced world of little bugs that I liken to the microorganisms and flora living in our intestines. We simply could not live without them, and neither can the bees.

People will argue that sugar is sugar and that it is the same thing to the bees as honey. However refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are not honey. They have a different PH and they lack the enzymes.

When you change the PH in a bee hive, it affects the finely balanced world of the little bugs, and weakens the colony. When they track pesticides and fungicides into the hive with their little feet, the life within the bee bread is affected.

Another thing that most people don’t realize about honey is that when you feed bees HFCS they stash it in the same cells that nectar gets stored in, and in fact gets mixed up with the honey. So when you buy honey from many suppliers you are getting HFCS and a honey mixture—even if the label says “pure honey,” the odds are it isn’t.

HFCS is claimed to be toxic to honey bees. We are also learning it isn’t good for humans either.

The bottom line is that the bees will continue to be fed artificial sugars as long it makes economic sense to do so. Due to the corn lobby convincing our lawmakers to subsidize the corn crops, HFCS is cheap. Since I don’t think the government will stop the corporate welfare any time soon, we the people must bite the bullet and pay the higher price to the natural beekeepers with the natural honey. Let’s reward the beekeepers who do the right thing by buying their product, and the big players will catch on and change there ways.

Simply put, get to know your local beekeepers. Ask questions about if they feed substitutes and if they place chemicals in their hives. In doing so, you are protecting the bees, the environment, and your own personal health.

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Contact info for honey bee suppliers who practice natural beekeeping.

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

It is the time of year to line up bees for the spring of 2011! I recommend buying bees that are raised naturally and sized naturally. I will list a few suppliers here, and add more as I find them.

Myron Kropf lives in northern AR and sells packages and nucs (short for nucleus, which is a small working colony with a laying queen). His nucs are in standard frames, so you will need to convert them over if you use top bar hives. his # is 870-458-3002 He has no email. I spoke with him Thursday, and he told me that he prefers having people pick up the packages, as he has trouble mailing them.

There is a fellow down in GA with the email who sells natural bees, and he also will not ship.

Sam Comfort with has small cell bees on top bars. I don’t know if he is already sold out for the spring. I also recommend reading the material on his site, as he is not only funny but, makes a lot of sense as well. I think he as a presence in NY and FL

And lastly I do not have any of my bees for sale in the spring of 2011 however I am buying a limited supply of packages from Myron in AR and installing them in top bar hives, feeding them honey and after the queen is laying and the comb is about the size of a basketball I will sell them as top bar nucs.

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