Both literally and figuratively. The bee are buzzing about as I work in the garden today; they are happy for this warm, sunny day. Glenn just checked on them, and the hives are not ready to be split yet, but the two hives that we had make it through the winter are healthy. We did have our largest loss of hives since we began beekeeping, I believe we lost six hives. Glenn conducted an experiment, and it did not correspond to his mite treatments. One hive that survived had not been treated and the other hive had been treated. However, I do believe the hive that he had not treated and survived was a hive that he split late in the season. It would be interesting to conduct various control groups and test out theories, maybe one day when we have more time.
For now, Glenn is actually happy to be scaled back on his number of hives to manage. He has two strong ones and plans to split those to a total of four when the time comes. Thus, we will not have the quantity of honey we have had for the past few years, but you can still count on our bees for the quality of their honey.
I will send an email out to our local honey customers when the bees tell me its time! In the meantime, I’ve already started a list with excited customers who want to make sure they don’t miss out. Happy spring to you!
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Less mowing, more pollinators…that is Glenn’s mantra. As much as he says that, you would think that he was the one who took care of our mowing and was coming up with a strategy to lighten that chore, but, nope, I am the one who mows the yard.
During our recent travels, he did enjoy pointing out examples of his “no mow” philosophy. The Bee and Butterfly Garden in Portland, Maine was a great example of both a beautiful and useful habitat. We also paid attention to how states were choosing to maintain their roadsides. The case has been made that roadsides could provide a valuable pollinator habitat. This article from Xerces Society makes the case in Pollinator Conservation at 60 MPH. Then, if you are so inspired, the Xerces Society has even created a good sample letter to send your state representative and/or your state DOT to let them know you are supportive of these roadside efforts.
There is also value in re-envisioning our yards: meadow gardens, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens…there are many options to consider beyond the traditional mown lawn. When we lived in the city, my goal had been to eventually get the mown lawn area down to size that was manageable with only a human powered lawn mower. Now that is an interesting google search: human powered lawn mower. Have fun with that!
When we moved to the farm, however, our mown lawn size increased to the point of needing a riding lawn mower. Yes, we thought about goats, and then thought better! There may be a meadow garden in the future for our lawn, but for now, I will at least mow on the high setting as to leave the clover blooms for the bees to enjoy.
Yes, we have honey! We are excited that WNC magazine chose to feature Bee Branch Farm’s Sandy Mush honey in their July/August 2017 issue.
We love our honey customers, and we are looking forward to meeting new honey customers. Currently, we are not able to mail our honey. However, you may arrange a time to visit the farm, or we also deliver to a North Asheville location on a regular basis.
Our first spring honey harvest sold out in two days! But we are currently harvesting summer honey and will continue through sourwood bloom.
If you do not receive Bee Branch Farm emails about honey, please get on our honey list. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Tagged buckwheat honey, honey, honey harvest, local Sandy Mush honey, locust honey, poplar honey, Sandy Mush, sourwood honey, wildflower honey, WNC Magazine
Glenn harvested the first honey of the season Saturday, May 20th. We have it bottled and ready to go! Get in touch if you want our wonderful Sandy Mush honey; our bees are healthy and happy in our beautiful Sandy Mush valley where they have plenty of forage to enjoy.
683-1683 or firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the books I am currently reading is The Pine Island Paradox by Kathleen Dean Moore. I just read her thoughts on gratitude. They are worth sharing.
Gratitude is a kind of seeing, an awareness of the magnitude of the gift of this earth. To see the world gratefully is to be endlessly surprised by the bare fact of it, its beauty and power and everlastingness. Gratitude is attentiveness. It’s easy to move through the world and never notice how a shifting wind changes the air from salt to cedar, easy to overlook the invisible moon that moves the tides. To be grateful is to stand with stinging eyes and reddening nose in the northwest wind, taking it in – really this, taking it in – the expanse of dunes and dusk and each blade of beach grass drawing a circle on the sand.
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What you can do?
Contact your elected representatives and tell them that you want farmland conservation to be made a funding priority.
Donate to your local farmland conservation organization.
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