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Nobody's Safe

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Thursday October 16, 2014   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

September’s storm was a poignant illustration that no one is safe when it comes to severe weather.  Anything can happen at any time, and a placid cabin on the lake can instantly be transformed to a war zone.  Homes are damaged, the residents...

Picking up the Birds and the Bees

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Sunday May 25, 2014   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

There are so many things happening all at once on a farm in springtime—lambs are being born, the rubble of autumn’s garden is being transformed into new green life, chicks are hatching in the incubator or arriving at the post office, and new colonies...

They're Alive!

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Wednesday March 19, 2014   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Sometimes farming can throw you little surprises to brighten a day of drudgery tasks.  With the latest thaw, the paths and lanes have been reduced to slush, the grainy snow sliding in rumbling, crumbling sheets off metal roofs (just after you walked...

The State of Affairs

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Tuesday September 24, 2013   -   By Marcie

We're poised for battle here! Two weeks ago Miami-Dade county knocked on my door with a warning that told us we had a five hive maximum for our zoning and needed to get rid of the balance of our bees. I was stunned! We're state registered beekeepers, and I...

A Bill to Protect Bees

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Friday July 26, 2013   -   By Marcie

(from "Ground Truth")   Late Tuesday afternoon, Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a   long-awaited bill   to place a moratorium on bee-harming pesticides. The "Save America's...

Peppermint Honey Feet Treat

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Monday October 29, 2012   -   By Marcie

Peppermint Honey Feet Treat Rinse mint leaves and place on a paper towel to dry. Grind mint using coffee grinder (or by hand using mortar and pestle). Set aside. Melt beeswax using a small double boiler. In a microwave safe glass bowl combine aloe vera...

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Wednesday October 24, 2012   -   By Marcie

They always say necessity is the mother of invention. (Who's the father?)  This rang true this weekend when we were at a harvest fair in Miami and ran out of our Key Lime Sublime honey. We're really big into all natural honeys....unfiltered, raw, just...

It's Snowing Pollen!

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Thursday September 27, 2012   -   By Marcie

As I was standing beneath my Brazilian Pepper, admiring the flowers that had burst into bloom, I noticed what looked like snow flurries. Highly unlikely, here in Miami! I continued to observe, and what I found was this.... My honeybees were so busy sipping...

Pineapple Orange Honey Smoothie

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Monday September 10, 2012   -   By Marcie

If your family is anything life ours, the next few months will be a whirlwind.  Now that school is back in session, it’s important to have some tasty and quick snack ideas that can be your go-to recipes when you and your family are on the run. That’s why...

When We Mead Again

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Tuesday August 21, 2012   -   By Marcie

Once again I have an order for a bunch of honey from an aspiring mead-maker. The thought of mead always brings with it the image of medieval England, knights in shining armor, and large joints of meat. I'm not sure why! Mead is kind of a honey wine, although...

Save the Bees Downloadable Honeybee Toolkit

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Sunday August 19, 2012   -   By Marcie

 This morning I received an email with an important article and link to a downloadable Save the Honeybees Toolkit. Thought you might be interested. We need your help!!!! If you like to eat, then saving the bees matters to you!!! Here's the article, and...

National Honeybee Awareness Day

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Tuesday August 14, 2012   -   By Marcie

Did you know that this Saturday, August 18th is National Honeybee Awareness Day? Plant some flowers and hug a bee.... OR....check out this link: 

God Save the Queen!

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Tuesday July 31, 2012   -   By Marcie

We went into the bees this afternoon and harvested another couple of supers filled with Tropical Wildflower honey. Nothing like a honey flow to make one feel bountiful! However, two of the hives, when opened, were buzzing much louder than the rest. This is...

Celebrity Bees

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Monday July 30, 2012   -   By Marcie

We got a call last week from a producer at Univision, asking if they could come out for a visit with our honeybees. And so, on Thursday the crew arrived. We spent 3 hours shooting and demonstrating what we like to do best. First, I would like to thank Ian of...

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...

Rain, Rain Go Away!

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Thursday November 03, 2011   -   By Marcie

What's going on around here? Usually October signals the end of our rainy season, with a happy conclusion to Hurricane Season at the end of November. But the last couple of weeks have been marked by unseasonable rains. Here's why we care: When it rains, it...

Life's Work

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Friday June 24, 2011   -   By Marcie

Did you know that in her entire lifetime, working day and night and never sleeping, an individual honeybee makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey?

Buckle Your Seatbelt

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Thursday June 23, 2011   -   By Marcie

It takes 55,000 miles of flying to produce ONE POUND of honey! Wish I could cash in on those frequent flyer miles!!

Farmers Markets Are Changing My Life!

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Sunday October 17, 2010   -   By Marcie

Halfway between an organic circus and Woodstock, farmers markets are changing my life. The people, their energy, and all of this whole food are nourishing me in ways beyond my original expectation that this would be a decent venue for selling honey. At FIU...

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