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An update from the Jackson, NH apiary: This morning I did an inspection of my remaining hives. Of the two hives I was hoping to overwinter, one was completely empty. It appears that the colony absconded and took all their honey stores with them. I wish them well and hope they survive the winter in their new home. The other hive is very strong with ample honey stores. I opted to leave them all the honey they made to give them everything they need to survive. In a week I’ll wrap the hive in rigid insulation and fill the top feeder with a 2:1 mix!
I’m hearing a lot of great news about the hives at the PoundSweet farm in Palermo, Maine. I see their posts about the wax candles they make and the bumper crops the farm produced this year.
Today the 2 Honey Bee colonies in Jackson, NH were installed ahead of the expected delivery date...by a complete month! The supplier (Royal Bees in Buxton, ME) had a large shipment that contained our packages. Since the weather is great I went ahead and picked them up and installed them. Up next are the hives at Poundsweet Farm in Palermo, ME. I can't wait to hear from Amy and Lindsey. Rumor has it they are doubling the number of colonies hey previously had last year. I also heard from friends that some of the hives in Maynard, MA have been installed too.
Go fourth and prosper girls.
Save the honey bees! 🐝
A perfection bourgeois revolve around;
Inputs without thought, outputs with scant worth.
Lawns, an abyss to obsess and confound.
A rule of heads amongst a sea of blades.
Each front to yearn for chemicals, oil, water;
Why take care when one could just let forth raids?
Machines and sprays run Mother and father.
But, beneath sod lay a basis for health.
The soil lusts for greenery with substance;
To bear fruit and herb, to wield organic wealth.
Now, till, compost, sow and grow in abundance.
To consume is to produce only pawns,
Urban rebellion, to grow food, not lawns.
To Grow Food, Not Lawns - A Sonnet by Tom Boyden
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Beelieve it or not spring is just around the corner. So this week is cleaning week . Lots of activity in our bee cellar, Sawyer and I are working away at chores to prepare for next season. Looking to add 3 more hives this year and a new location for half of them.
Well Stung's Jackson NH hives did very well this year. We removed only 11 frames and left them more than enough to survive the cold New England winter. The seasons honey is thick and pure gold. Good job girls! I can't wait to see how the Palermo Maine hives did this season.