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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John Gates, right, helps a student at his queen-rearing course to identify the right size of larvae to graft into a queen cell cup. Gates' annual queen-rearing course is a must for anyone wanting to learn how to successfully raise queen bees. Jeff Lee photo.

Learning how to rear honey bee queens, B.C. style

There is an art to raising good honey bee queens, it seems. So Amanda Goodman Lee and I are up in Tappen, B.C along with other beekeepers from around the province learning from two masters, John Gates and his protege, BillStagg. Gates is a former provincial apiculturist who helped develop a made-in-B.C. queen-rearing program. Until […]

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NEW map of Small Hive Beetle finds in British Columbia including the latest discovery in Maple Ridge. Courtesy Ministry of Agriculture

A new Small Hive Beetle find in Maple Ridge spells trouble for BC beekeepers

Bee season has not even started and already there’s been a new discovery of small hive beetle in the Fraser Valley. If it isn’t the unseasonably early start to spring – hey, we just got our first blueberry pollination delivery call – it is small hive beetle that is causing sleepless nights for some. Last […]

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Bee season in British Columbia starts, for many of us, with sending our deadouts through Iotron Industries' electron beam sterilizer. It kills all of the pathogens left in the boxes. Of course, we don't do this with overwintered colonies! Jeff Lee Photo

Bee Season Upon Us With Early Iotron Run

Who would have thought that beekeeping could be so complicated? The honey bees aren’t really even flying right now, other than some exploratory flights looking for early pollen. But it seems that the work of getting these little perishers ready for the new season starts early. So early, in fact, that I took this week […]

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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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Small Hive Beetle larvae infesting comb. Photo courtesy: OMAFRA

First Small Hive Beetle Infestation With Larvae Found In B.C.

British Columbia has had its first case of an infestation of small hive beetle, complete with viable larvae. The infestation was discovered in one of five nucleus hives in an apiary in south-west Abbotsford. All of the hives were deadouts without bees, Paul van Westendorp, the provincial apiculturist, said in an advisory issued Tuesday. (See […]

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