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Apex Apiaries Takes Flight

Apex Apiaries Takes Flight

bee on hand 300x236 Apex Apiaries Takes FlightI briefly mentioned the other day that in partnership with a local beekeeper I’m launching a new beekeeping side-venture.

We’re focusing primarily on a couple of core deficiencies that we both see in modern beekeeping

First, if you’re not in a beekeeping mecca, it can be pretty hard to find good education in beekeeping.  Not only that, but most kids aren’t really brought up knowing anything about bees, and aren’t taught much about them in school.

Second, in many areas it can be hard to find local bees.  Most beekeepers have to buy bees that are trucked in from out of state, usually from a warm location.  Plenty of them available, but they aren’t going to be adapted to your climate so they won’t do quite as well.

Third, much of beekeeping is surrounded with dogmatic practices.  Many beekeepers are set in their ways, and many folks who are new to bees grab onto those practices and move forward with them.  The problem is that beekeeping has changed tremendously over the last few decades.  Varroa mites, tracheal mites, and small hive beetles are just a few problems that plague today’s hives.  And that doesn’t even begin to cover the issue of Colony Collapse Disorder.  There are a few folks out there who have done some decent research, and quite a few with good hands on experiences in dealing with todays problems, but most of the formal studies point to old standby practices as best.  We aim to change that.

We’ve written up a page about what we’re doing, and if you’d like to hear more, feel free to click on over to Apex Apiaries and check it out.  While you’re there, if you’re on Facebook, please click the ‘Like’ button!

You’ll note that we’re doing a Kickstarter type fundraiser.  While we’re putting in a couple thousand of our own to get these projects up and off the ground from scratch, it takes more to do what we really want to do, so we’re trying the whole crowd funding thing.

If this is something you’re in to, great, and thank’s for helping.  If not, read about what we’re doing and realize that there are beekeepers just like us that are trying to do similar things in your area.  Make an effort to find them, and help them.

Our goal is to have a couple hives every few city blocks in our area.  We’ll do that by finding hosts for hives as well as teaching new beekeepers to keep their own hives.  The impact this will have on local food production will be amazing.

Anyhow, thanks for taking the time to humor my bee addiction again, and like I said before, head on over to Apex Apiaries for more info.

PS:  We got several hundred seeds started over the weekend and in the new grow rack.  Soon as I get my pictures off my phone and onto the computer I’ll have a post for you on that!

We’ve Got Honey Coming Out Our Ears

We’ve Got Honey Coming Out Our Ears

In the spirit of keeping things light, I thought I’d provide an apiary update. Where I left off last time, I had high hopes of getting half a box or so worth of honey off my overwintered hive. The other two were decently built up, but they hadn’t built up to a second brood boxContinue Reading

Show Me The Honey!

Show Me The Honey!

So several weeks ago I swung up to check on my bees. I hadn’t had a chance to do so for quite some time, and I was anxious to check on them. The first thing I do when I get there is walk in front of the hives and watch the activity from each one.Continue Reading

Blackberries!

Blackberries!

Here in Western Washington blackberries are all over the place.  Right about now is when they start to bloom, which is always an exciting time. Why, you ask?  Because it’s one of the major nectar flows here, and blackberry honey is fantastic.  And when I say major, I’ve heard of hives filling multiple supers inContinue Reading

Installing a Bee Package

Installing a Bee Package

So this week I hived two new packages of bees. I’m pretty excited to see how they adapt! Last year when I hived my packages I did it without any sort of protective gear at all. I took quite a few stings. Joy. This year, I didn’t take any at all. As is usually theContinue Reading

Two Common Ways To Get Bees

Two Common Ways To Get Bees

Today a bit of a change of pace. Some of you have asked about getting started in beekeeping, so I thought I’d talk about thw two primary ways to get started. I’m not going to discuss equipment, how to choose your bees, or anything else like that. I just want to discuss two primary methodsContinue Reading

Busy Bees and Maple Honey

Busy Bees and Maple Honey

This last weekend the weather stayed pretty good around here, and so I took that opportunity to go visit my apiary and take a better look at the hive that survived. My brother in law decided to tag along as well … he’s never seen a hive in person, and it was a good learningContinue Reading

Thousands of Dead – Starvation Strikes Close to Home

Thousands of Dead – Starvation Strikes Close to Home

Well, this weekend was a great weekend weather-wise, and I managed to get out to see the bees. Unfortunately, when I got there I discovered that of my three hives, two of them had died. Now I was suspecting that this may happen… See, when I got hurt last fall (dislocated knee) it was beforeContinue Reading

How To Start Beekeeping

How To Start Beekeeping

So I finished my first year of beekeeping, and while I didn’t get any honey, I did get an extra hive after a swarm and learned a TON. And better yet, I haven’t killed my bees (yet) … last I saw them, they were still going strong. I’ll be swinging by the farm that they’reContinue Reading

Hive Inspection – June 11, 2011

Hive Inspection – June 11, 2011

So this last weekend my gorgeous wife accompanied me to the bee yard to see how the bees were doing with the second deep box I added the week before. I also expected to see hatched bees and an increased population. I wasn’t disappointed on the population front, there were definitely quite a few moreContinue Reading

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