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Terrific old-time beekeeping video from Holland

There’s a great old video of beekeeping from Holland that has been shared on Facebook recently. Amanda liked it so much she wanted to post it to our own site. It’s a Youtube video. Here’s the link:

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Mark L. Winston, reading from his bestseller Bee Time: Lessons From The Hive, at the American Beekeeping Federation convention in January, 2015 in Anaheim, California. Photo: Jeff Lee

Mark Winston’s Bee Time Wins Governor General’s Award

On our book shelves devoted to beekeeping are some of the classics; Langstroth’s Hive and the Honey Bee, Root & Miller’s ABC and ZYZ of Honey Bee Culture, Francis Huber’s New Observation Upon Bees, and dozens of other books that cover everything from queen breeding and selection to honey production to health benefits from hive […]

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Danny Paradis, working his forklift as he arranges a semi-truck load of bees for shipment to Alberta from a Fraser Valley farm. Photo: Jeff Lee

Video: Moving Bees from B.C. to Alberta for pollination

I did this video last week of an Alberta commercial beekeeper who was staging his hives in a farmer’s field where we were pollinating raspberries. Paradis Valley Honey was getting ready to pull 2,000 hives out of the Lower Mainland where they had been pollinating blueberries, heading for canola in Northern Alberta. They needed a […]

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VIDEO: How to get rid of laying worker bees

I had this vain hope that my first year as a beekeeper might become a hit out of the park; no problems, strong hives, few diseases and gobs of honey to extract. As we now all know, I’m instead on the steep learning where I get to learn about all the mistakes one can make. […]

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VIDEO: Winning a losing game on bee stings

I’m beginning to not like this game of “who’s getting stung the most.” Maybe that’s because I’m winning a game I should surely want to lose. My wife Amanda and I have been playing this cheerful little game counting up the number of times we get stung when handling our respective beehives. Right now, the […]

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Wasp on water

On swarming bees and mistaken picnic marauders

Talk to people about keeping urban beehives and two things invariably come up as concerns. One is the belief that the bees will now flock to their picnic or patio barbecue. The other is a fear of swarms. The first one is a complete non-starter. The other is a periodic issue that is vastly overblown. […]

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Honey bee landing on oregano flowers

Bees in the city: keep your neighbours happy

Most cities in North America at one time banned the keeping of bees on residential lots. In theory it made sense (but not good sense): people didn’t want insects flying around their heads, especially ones that could sting you. But in recent years, the pendulum has swung as urban stealth beekeepers who kept secret hives […]

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