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29 Jan · Thu 2015
After the holidays it gets a little nippy, even here in Miami, and the bees experience a bit of a work slowdown. But they've been busy, gearing up to get ready for Spring. We've put new Supers (wooden boxes) on top of the colonies, giving them plenty of room to build up honeycomb in anticipation of the Spring honeyflow. Also keeps them from getting crowded, so it's a method of swarm prevention as well. The mangos and the avocados are blossoming, so they've got some lovely flowers to play with. (Truth is, mango blossoms are not their favorite, but they'll pollinate them anyway....) Looking forward to the girls building up their population so that there will be plenty of field bees collecting nectar and pollen by March....
Posted by Marcie @ 12:39 PM EST [ Comments  ]
18 Sep · Thu 2014
To: Citizens of the Planet
HELLOOOO!!! ! I'M A HONEY BEE!!!!
I am responsible for 30-40% of your food!
I got along without you for 100,000,000 years.
And we got along GREAT when you first moved into the neighborhood 200,000 years ago.
I help the flowers make love to each other and make more flowers and fruit. I kiss the trees and suck nectar and make honey -- and even when you take it -- [even to make money!] -- I don't complain.
I give you life, beauty, sweetness...
I've never asked anything of you but peace.
But now your FOSSIL FUELS and CHEMICALS are KILLING me.
I can't tell what season it is anymore.
I can't find enough flowers.
I can't find enough nectar.
I can't even find my way back home.
If you like FOOD, HONEY and LIFE -- you’ve GOTTA stand up for me, the HONEY BEE -- PLEASE!!!
My honey is eternal, but at this rate creatures like you and I are not...
If you are a BEEKEEPER [or know any], and can tell the world how important we are, please join our SWARM and BUZZ this on! We have our good friend DRAGONFLY helping us out -- please reach out to her! >> firstname.lastname@example.org <<
Remember... YOU can't make honey... or eat your money...
Hun E. Bee
Posted by Marcie @ 10:56 AM EDT
16 Sep · Tue 2014
As many of you know, we've been in a state of flux for over a year, fighting Miami-Dade county and struggling to keep our beehives. Our county refused to acknowledge a 2012 Florida state law that gave beekeepers the right to keep hives on non-agricultural (residential) land. It's been a really long haul. Anyway, last week Miami-Dade withdrew their case after being interviewed by the Miami Herald about their stance on beekeeping and their position being in defiance of state law. I absolutely bee-lieve that their dropping legal proceedings was in order to avoid further negative publicity.
The funny thing is, this Miami Herald article was like the answer to a prayer. I had been gearing up, getting ready to write numerous press releases and sending them to news and media outlets in order to enlist media support for our issue. I had a whole strategy ready to roll out.
But out of the blue, the Miami Herald called us and was doing an in-depth look at the state of bees in the state of Florida. We were interviewed, photographed, the county backed down, and today, the article actually made the front page of the paper.
The online version can be found here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/09/15/4350437/florida-law-helps-fights-to-save.html#
Have a good read! I'm so grateful!!!
Posted by Marcie @ 10:52 PM EDT
10 Sep · Wed 2014
Let's hear it for the power of the press! Last week I was interviewed by the Miami Herald regarding Miami-Dade County's continual unwillingness to accept a recently passed state law that allowed me to have 15 beehives on my acre of land. We've been trying hard for months and months, working diligently to help Miami's bureaucracy understand that they no longer have jurisdiction in this matter, and that I really was protected by law and allowed to keep my bees. The Herald also interviewed one of the County Attorneys, the one who was handling the case against me. The piece is scheduled to run this weekend, probably Sunday and also online. Meanwhile, yesterday I got a call from the County Attorneys office, all sweetness and light. They've decided that in fact the State of Florida law actually does have jurisdiction in this matter, superseding county law, and they are withdrawing their case against me. It was a warm and lovely conversation and neither of us mentioned the upcoming article. However, it is obvious that the upcoming piece in the press made the County realize that negative publicity would make them look bad so they decided to withdraw for damage control purposes. Woo Hoo! I am so happy! LONG LIVE THE QUEEN………..
Posted by Marcie @ 02:10 PM EDT
05 Sep · Fri 2014
Mexican beekeepers vs. Monsanto
Beekeepers and indigenous groups in the Mexican state of Yucatán recently won an important court decision against Monsanto. A district judge overturned Monsanto's permit for commercial planting of RoundUp-ready soybeans in the state.
The judge found that "co-existence between honey production and GMO soybeans is not possible," given European restrictions on imports of honey contaminated with GMO pollen. The court also took regulators to task for ignoring the constitutional requirement to consult with indigenous groups on decisions affecting their territory.
According to an in-depth article in The Guardian, Mexico is the world’s sixth biggest producer and third largest exporter of honey, with more than $54 million (U.S. dollars) worth of product exported to the EU in 2011. The Yucatán region produces an estimated 40% of the country’s honey, almost all of which is exported to the EU.
The overturned permit had authorized Monsanto to plant RoundUp-ready soybeans in seven states, on more than 625,000 acres of land. Mayan farmers and beekeepers challenged the 2012 decision in court, with support from a number of groups including the National Institute of Ecology, the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity and Greenpeace.
The recent ruling follows on a similar decision by the district court in the state of Campeche in March 2014, which also reprimanded agriculture officials for bypassing consultation with indigenous groups required under the Mexican constitution. A similar case is pending in the state of Chiapas.
While Monsanto will undoubtedly appeal the decision, for now beekeepers and indigenous groups in Mexico are celebrating the moratorium on GE soybeans in Yucatán as a hard-fought, significant victory.
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Posted by Marcie @ 09:54 AM EDT
03 Sep · Wed 2014
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Posted by Marcie @ 10:19 AM EDT
15 Jul · Tue 2014
10 Jul · Thu 2014
Our ten hives are growing up! Literally! They began not long ago as "nucs"…new hives, just one box high. A few weeks later, our new queens had raised enough baby brood to necessitate the addition of a second box ("super") above……and THIS week, we added a third Super to our colonies….. The bees are not crazy about the monsoons of our sub-tropical summer, but they're thriving nevertheless….. They're working like crazy…..AND we have a new harvest of Tropical Wildflower……Can't get enough!!!! I nibble on it all day long….
Posted by Marcie @ 05:49 PM EDT
30 Apr · Wed 2014
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Posted by Marcie @ 03:39 PM EDT
29 Apr · Tue 2014
Just wanted you to know that on WEDNESDAY, MAY 7th, 2014, there's a FREE LECTURE entitled Pathogens, Parasites & Pesticides put Honeybees in Peril.
Lecture is hosted by the University of Miami, Main Campus. It's in Room 166, Cox Science Center.
Lecture begins at 7:00 PM, and is open to the public.
Posted by Marcie @ 03:45 PM EDT
14 Apr · Mon 2014
I love Spring! The bees are buzzing, pollinating all of the fruits I love best, and it's also smack in the middle of one of the most bountiful honeyflows of the year. Right now we have a new medium amber Tropical Wildflower, and we just got our first harvest of Orange Blossom! We wait all year for that. So we're bottling like crazy. if you need some honey for Easter or Passover, we've got raw honey all ready for you. I like the Wildflower for baking, and sneaking into sauces like barbecue sauce or just about any sauce, frankly. And the Orange Blossom is a bit thicker. I put it over my yogurt, in delicately flavored herb teas, and in my salad dressings. I'll drizzle it over just about anything, quite frankly….
Oh, and when I make ham for Easter, I'll do the whole clove studded thing, and often mix honey, orange juice and mustard to rub over the whole ham. Makes a yummy glaze. (Can hardly wait!)
Posted by Marcie @ 08:45 AM EDT
23 Jan · Thu 2014
Well, we're gearing up for our beekeeping battle with Miami-Dade County. We have a hearing next week. Why? Because Dade County says that we can only have 5 beehives on our property, but the State of Florida says we can have 15. A new State law was passed in July, 2012 which supersedes local county/municipal laws. The attorneys for the State of Florida have told the attorneys for our county over and over again that they have no jurisdiction in this matter. No authority whatsoever in the placement of beehives. The bees are battling for their lives at the moment and the world watches and hopes they will prevail and preserve our food supply, which is so honeybee dependent. The government recognizes that beekeeping is essential to keep our crops pollinated and keep us all fed….and have enacted laws to protect them.
But……the county being, well, the county……they just don't seem ready to acknowledge that laws passed by the Governor are somehow meant to be heeded.
And so, on January 29th, we will stand before them, to either be granted the state given right to have 15 hives, or to pay a $500 fine for having done so.
Will keep you posted! Meanwhile, I'm bottling Tropical Wildflower honey like crazy….
Posted by Marcie @ 11:00 AM EST
06 Jan · Mon 2014
19 Dec · Thu 2013
I'm so looking forward to my annual holiday baking this coming week. And yes, I'll be using plenty of honey. Right now we've got a fresh batch of Tropical Wildflower, which is going to find its way into lots of our goodies.
So if YOU are about to embark on your holiday baking, feel free to stop by and pick up some honey. Of course, you have to call first so we can arrange a pickup time. But we'll be busy in the kitchen, and around a lot of the time.
Remember, if you bake with honey, you want to lower the temperature of your oven by 25 degrees, because baked goods made with honey brown faster than those made with sugar. They also stay moist longer.
Honey is about 25% sweeter than sugar, due to its fructose content. So if you are replacing sugar in a recipe with honey, use a little bit less honey than the amount of sugar specified.
Have fun, and happy baking….
Posted by Marcie @ 05:54 PM EST