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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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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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Our delicious Fireweed Honey, freshly bottled, will be at EAT! Vancouver on May 1,2,3

We’ll be at EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival May 1-3 

Amanda and I are striking out in a new direction with our honey. We will be at the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival at BC Place next month, in the Canadian Artisan Food Pavilion artisanal food section sponsored by Edible Canada.  We are absolutely excited about this opportunity and have been spending many sleepless nights trying to […]

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Amanda out in one of our apiaries in Metro area. Where's the snow? Photo: Jeff Lee

Late-winter feeding of the bees as spring draws near

We spent much of the weekend out with the bees, making those important late-winter checks to see who had survived and who had not. Some are thriving. But not a few are struggling. What made this weekend both enjoyable and worrisome was the extraordinarily mild weather. February can be a tough month here, both rainy […]

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It's blueberry season in the Lower Mainland, This group of berries is typical of the crop at Doris and Harold Lougheed's U-pick at 19000 River Road in Richmond. Jeff Lee photo.

That not-so-secret award-generating U-pick blueberry farm is open

I have a secret blueberry patch that I frequent out on River Road in Richmond. It’s not one of those great swaths of blueberry bushes that spread into the distance. It isn’t even a very busy place, sandwiched among cranberry fields and the Fraser River. But the Lougheed’s little U-pick yard at 19000 River Road […]

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Amanda earlier this year in an organic blueberry farm. Should we continue to pollinate, even in pesticide-free places like this? Is this practical and holistic beekeeping? We're wondering. Jeff Lee photo.

Treatment-free beekeeping conference in Oregon: searching for answers

This week we’re heading to a conference on how to manage honey bees without treatment. The question is, can we afford to? And at a time when honey bees and all native pollinators appear to be under grave threat – and as the debate over neonicotinoid pesticides continues to rage, there are legitimate questions about […]

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A lovely dish of blueberries from Harold and Doris Lougheed's organic farm on River Road in Richmond.

Organic blueberries at the Lougheeds: picking time is here

What’s better than blueberry season? Picking huge organically-grown blueberries whose blossoms have been pollinated by our own bees! On the weekend we visited with Harold and Doris Lougheed, who own a four-acre U-Pick blueberry farm at the corner of 19000 River Road and Nelson Road in Richmond. They were putting the finishing touches to their […]

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Honey bees pollinating a blueberry field

Lessons from our first blueberry pollination contract

We have just finished our first commercial blueberry pollination contract, an accidental affair that has left us both yearning for more and wary of this necessary side of beekeeping. On the one hand this was a perfect experience; we helped a partnership of four commercial growers at least partially satisfy their deep need for bees, […]

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