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Decorating The Porch, Dreaming of Summer and My Fa...

Blog: For Dragonflies And Me   -   Monday December 24, 2012   -   By Neil & Jean

I love to decorate for the seasons... inside and outside in all the seasons. There is true beauty in all, yes even Winter (stay sitting, I really do think so!)  I'm not talking about all the Christmas lights and plastic yard...

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...

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...

Sharing Honey with the World, One Event at a Time

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Thursday May 10, 2012   -   By Marcie

Don't ask me about bees! Unless you have some time....i get really excited about them and will drone on for twenty minutes, at least. Sigh. I try to slow down and take a breath, but no, the listener is going to find out an awful lot before they get an...

Bottling Honey for Fairchild's Food & Garden Festi...

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

A busy day today....I'm bottling up lots of honey and making soap for the Food & Garden Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden this weekend. It's the first time I've been a vendor there, although I attend events there all the time because I'm a...

It's All in The Blossoms! Orange Blossom, That Is....

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Thursday April 12, 2012   -   By Marcie

Spring has Sprung! And the Oranges have blossomed!!! We wait all year for this! The first of the orange blossom honey is IN and today I am spending the day bottling it up. Orange blossom is a premiere honey, and there are many who prefer it to all others. That...

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...

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...

Imigration trouble!

Blog: Diamond S Herefords   -   Saturday October 08, 2011   -   By Robert

I was just out feeding my cows and listining to PBS. The interview with a tomato farmer talking about illegal immigrant labor made me nuts. acording to him, His $.99 tomatoes would turn into $3.00 - $4.00 $5.00 tomatoes that he would have...

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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: ...

It's As Clear as the Nose on Your Face

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Friday July 29, 2011   -   By Marcie

About a month ago a lovely older gentlemen showed up at my front door to purchase some honey. It was for his son, who was unfortunately suffering a debilitating skin disorder located on his face.  He called up again this week. They were almost out of...

Booked! Thanks AT&T

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Wednesday July 27, 2011   -   By Marcie

In the midst of thousands of unhappy bees swirling around my head the other day, my daughter called out, "Mom, the guy from AT&T is here. He wants to go out back and check our telephone pole." "Now's not a good time!" I replied. The...

Piranhas with Wings

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Tuesday July 26, 2011   -   By Marcie

We had quite an adventure here the other day. We were busily getting ready for a television crew to arrive....They wanted to do an interview and shoot some footage of the bees in action. So of course, I wanted everything to be perfect. Because we often have...

And That's Not All...

Blog: What's the Buzz?   -   Monday July 11, 2011   -   By Marcie

While trying to decide how to store this amazing yet fragile honeycomb, I had it hanging from the roll bar bar of my Jeep on a bungee cord. I kind of liked it there, so I wasn't in a big hurry to move it. Made me a little nervous the way that it would sway...

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