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(Morehead City,NC)Honeybees-by-the-Sea is a micro apiary, or honey bee garden, on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. We are a member of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association, an NCSBA Certified Journeyman Beekeeper, and past President of the Crystal Coast Beekeepers Association, 2006-2008. Our primary goal is the nurturing of honey bees, helping to ensure honey bee survival. Our colonies are situated in our organic Amazonian Dark Earth, or Terra Preta vegetable and herb garden area, protected from intrusion. Our landscaping is multi-purpose providing edibles, privacy, honey bee forage, abd bird abitat. Our ongoing experiment with sustainable organic gardening building a Terra Preta soil, has attracted a great deal of interest and inquiry. To date is an enormous success. In the apiary, we are utilizing eight frame medium sized hive bodies for both brood chambers and honey supers. We have screened bottom boards for increased ventilation and natural mite reduction. In spring 2006 we began a transition to 4.9 small cell foundation, starting a new colony on that foundation exclusively. There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence that this more natural size foundation gives honey bees a shorter reproductive cycle and edge on the Varroa Destructor mite and bee diseases. We use no chemicals in our colonies or our Terra Preta vegetable and herb garden.
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