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End of June Update

Blog: Summer Smiles Honey Farm   -   Friday June 27, 2014   -   By Darci

It has certainly been a while since my last update.  I apologize for the delay!  Things have been going very, very busy, and very, very well at the Summer Smiles Honey Farm!  My plan B from the April blog was in order to take care of my CSA...

2014 CSA Honey

Blog: Summer Smiles Honey Farm   -   Saturday March 01, 2014   -   By Darci

CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, directly connects the farmer with the people who eat the food that the farmer produces. It provides the missing link that exists between the grocery store and the consumer. You cut out many miles that your produce...

Preparing for Winter

Blog: Wild Things Farm   -   Monday November 11, 2013   -   By Terry

The weather prognosticators are calling for really cold weather tomorrow night--first really "hard freeze" of the year, although my thermometer read 24 degrees last night.  So that means removing the irrigation pump from the pond and...

The honeymoon is over

Blog: Wild Things Farm   -   Tuesday September 03, 2013   -   By Terry

This has been a roller coaster year both for gardening AND beekeeping.  Of all the years I could have started beekeeping, I picked "the worst beekeeping year" (according to several fellow beekeepers) in a long time to begin.  By July we had...

Installing the packages of bees in the new hives

Blog: Wild Things Farm   -   Sunday April 28, 2013   -   By Terry

Crab Orchard, Tennessee--You know how it is when you're anticipating something--for months--maybe years.  Not years in this case, but I've been studying and learning all I can about keeping honey bees since last summer.  I spent all winter building 3...

Hive loss over winter

Blog: Miss Scarlett's Homegrown Produce, Texas-made Gifts & More   -   Wednesday January 30, 2013   -   By Miss Scarlett

This year has not been lucky for me as far as beekeeping.  However, as a new beekeeper, I can say the year has brought about several new "learning experiences" for me.  I got to try my hand at extraction twice this year, the first time...

Overveiw of 2013 Preps

Blog: Miss Scarlett's Homegrown Produce, Texas-made Gifts & More   -   Friday January 25, 2013   -   By Miss Scarlett

Since we have a Facebook page and a website, I suppose the next thing to do is to begin a blog.  Well, here it is folks, our first blog entry.  I just wanted to write this to give you a little preview of things you may read upon this blog.  We...

Completing the beehives

Blog: Wild Things Farm   -   Thursday January 24, 2013   -   By Terry

So I'm a compulsive list maker......checking tasks off of my lists gives me a feeling of accomplishment and it helps me to not forget things I really want to get done.  One of the wintertime items on the list was to get the hives ready for the bees'...

What WAS I thinking?

Blog: Wild Things Farm   -   Wednesday December 05, 2012   -   By Terry

Okay, so I got bitten by the "I-wanna-keep-bees" bug last summer.  I've been studying all about them and after pricing  beehives from several different sources, I decided to build my own hives.  It was going to be EXPENSIVE to get...

Progress of beekeeping on the farm

Blog: Wild Things Farm   -   Thursday October 18, 2012   -   By Terry

As mentioned in an earlier post, back in the summer I got bitten by the "bee bug".  After reading and reading and studying and attending meetings I've finally narrowed down the many choices for beekeeping styles to a Langstroth hive consisting...

It's been a "beesy" couple of days

Blog: Wild Things Farm   -   Tuesday October 02, 2012   -   By Terry

This summer I became interested in keeping bees on the farm, for a couple of reasons.  Number one is the increase in productivity of the crops grown on the farm, but also to maybe get a little honey off the hives to complement the mix of eggs, fruits, and...

In Praise of Pollinators

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Friday July 20, 2012   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

The hot days of summer beg of a crisp, cold slice of crimson watermelon—the sugary juices seeping between your fingers and running down your chin.  But this refreshing delight would not be possible without a good bit of help from some of our...

Zombie Bees/ Parasitic Fly Linked to Colony Collap...

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Thursday January 19, 2012   -   By Marcie

Zombie Bees? Sounds like an idea for next year's Halloween costume! So now, in addition to worrying about toxic flowers and pollen caused by systemic pesticides, we have another culprit to add to the mix. Apparently, there is a parasitic fly, known as the...

Honeybee Problem Nearing Critical Mass

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Wednesday January 18, 2012   -   By Marcie

 As we all know, our honeybees are having a terrible time, and while there are many factors to consider, the one that is most critical is the use of systemic pesticides. Systemic basically means that the active insect killing agent is within the plant...

Bees in the Jam Garden

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Friday January 13, 2012   -   By Marcie

A local reporter came out here on Monday to learn about bees and honey. She's a freelance food writer for the New TImes, and also hosts her own blog, called the Jam Garden. She did a great job, and posted some video and great audio as well. And so, to find out...

Lifehacker Covers Local Honey and Why You Should B...

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Wednesday November 09, 2011   -   By Marcie

 This just in from my alert son-in-law, who is about to become the father of twins. It's a reprint from "Lifehacker" about why local honey is important. I couldn't have said it better myself!! You'll see that they mention Local Harvest at the...

Boiling Bees

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Friday September 16, 2011   -   By Marcie

Checked the bees....took the covers off all thirteen hives simultaneously. Not just a basic look/see, but a major breaking down and removing supers of honey, then removing the queen excluders and going right down into the bottom deep supers and looking at the...

Sigh of Relief

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Wednesday August 24, 2011   -   By Marcie

Well, we're breathing a sigh of relief here in Florida, as Irene pushes farther out to sea. There's not much you can do with your beehives when a storm threatens. I've got 13 hives out in the backyard, and my beekeeping partner-in-crime, Steve, has 700...

Honey Laundering? Keep It Clean and BUY LOCAL!!!!!...

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Tuesday August 23, 2011   -   By Marcie

This just in from China.......Laundered honey, tainted and passing through India on its way to the US, is becoming a big problem, and one the FDA seems unable to adequately handle.  Here's the link to a very informative article on the issue: ...

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