Small Hive Beetle larvae infecting a honey comb. Photo courtesy of OMAFRA.

Alberta Small Hive Beetle find means trouble for B.C. beekeepers

Small Hive Beetle, a nasty little pest that B.C. has already had a small taste of, has raised its ugly head in Alberta. And, as seems to be the case so often these days, it is as a result of hitching a ride with an unsuspecting beekeeper. The situation in this case is much more […]

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The first box of honey pulled from our new Swann Valley Honey Ltd. operations. Amanda Goodman Lee and Jason Crumback.

New honey in our Swan Valley operations in Creston!

It’s that time. We’re pulling the first honey of the season off our new yards in Creston and getting it bottled for delivery to waiting customers. This week is an important one for us: we’re still in the midst of moving to Creston and are juggling two operations at Swan Valley Honey and at Honey […]

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Jeff & Amanda. Photo courtesy of Natasha Asselstine.

New adventures for Honey Bee Zen Apiaries and Swan Valley Honey

Honey Bee Zen Apiaries Ltd. has bought Swan Valley Honey, the primary producer of honey for the Kootenays. We’ll be moving to Creston this summer and will continue producing the products both companies are known for.

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Winners of the Amber class in the American Beekeeping Federation's Honey Show at the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference: Timmie Melancon of Gueydon, Louisiana (first, in centre); Karen Belli, of Wadsworth, Illinois (second, on right) and Amanda, third, on left.

A Canadian honey goes to the North American Beekeeping Show

Amanda and I just came back from the North American Beekeeping Conference in Galveston, Texas, the annual confluence of the brightest minds and most wilful beekeepers you can imagine. This is the time of the year when beekeepers tend to charge up their minds; for the most part the bees are in bed for the […]

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A closeup of a sweat bee, Halictus ligatus, that has collected pollen. Photo credit: United States Geological Survey

If you are a bee, how the New York Times sees you

As a journalist I have been a fan of the New York Times for a long time. As a beekeeper, I have another reason to like them. Joanna Klein’s interesting take this week on explaining the life of a bee breaks a few journalist conventions. One, of course, is writing in the second person. But […]

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Dead bees in a French beekeeping farm. Credit: Raymond Roig

Health Canada’s plan to consider reining in neonicotinoid pesticides

It seems a head of steam is developing about Health Canada’s interest in banning one of several neonicotinoid pesticides that it now believes is harmful to insects and the ecosystem.

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Our display for holiday craft shows and Farmers' Markets

Holiday gift ideas and the markets we’ll be at this Christmas

We’ve had a busy fall and early winter, what with getting our bees safely put to bed, and then working through some Farmers’ Markets and Christmas craft shows. We had a bumper year for honey, producing our much-sought amber honey, Harvest Moon, and a large amount of our early summer Berry Blossom. Happily, we can […]

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A pair of Sandhill Cranes have been nesting in the neighbourhood near our friends' U-Pick blueberry farm. If you go out to spend an afternoon in Harold and Doris Lougheed's place at 19000 River Road in Richmond, you may catch them sleeping on the lawn. (Photo courtesy Doris Lougheed.)

Picking Blueberries With Sandhill Cranes: A Summer Event

It is blueberry-picking time out in Richmond, and our friends Doris and Harold Lougheed not only are open at their U-Pick in Richmond, but they have been graced with some special guests, a pair of nesting Sandhill Cranes.

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