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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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Small hive beetle are seen in a hive among bees. Aethina tumida is native to South Africa, where it is regarded as a minor pest of African strains of honey bees. However, in the United States, where the beetle was first discovered in 1988, it has become a significant pest of non-Africanized strains of honey bees. Larvae of the small hive beetle are most damaging to honey bees. They tunnel through combs, eating honey and pollen and killing bee brood, ruining the combs.

Small Hive Beetle found in B.C. triggers inspection plan

Beekeepers in British Columbia have just joined a less-than-illustrious club, the Small Hive Beetle club, with the discovery of a single adult in a honey bee colony in Abbotsford. The discovery, made August 24 and confirmed on August 27, is the first recorded instance of the sub-Saharan beetle in the province. I’ve written a story […]

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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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How many times have you seen this kind of a swarm, just out of safe reach? No ladder long enough, no way to reach it? We've made a simple solution using a collapsible window-washing or painting pole and an old water carrier with the bottom cut off.

How to make a honey bee swarm retrieval pole

With swarm season comes a multitude of challenges of how to successfully retrieve a colony that makes like a hive and splits. Many of us have seen the pictures of swarms in really, really odd places; on the wing tips of aircraft, under bicycle seats and on the tines of harrows and other farm equipment. […]

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We boxed the swarm right off the roof of the condo building; it came off the tree to the right,  four storeys up from the street. Easy-peasy! Photo: Sharon Lee

Two colonies; from swarm heaven to flying hell

It is a spectacular thing to chase a massive swarm as it moves straight down the middle of a major street, all while people go about their business, unaware of what is going on overhead. Recovering that swarm from the top of a four-storey tree, as its branches, bent heavy with bees, bend over the […]

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Hives for Humanity's Sarah Common [L] and her mother, Julia Common [R] with the help of Jim McLeod [M] check on a bee hive at the community garden on Vancouver's East Hastings.

Vancouver starts pollinator and honey bee education program

Vancouver is known for its greenery, affinity for parks and community gardens. But now it plans to do more to increase pollinator forage for both wild and domestic bees. You almost can’t walk anywhere in Canada’s third-largest city without stumbling on a pocket park or lush garden. We’re known for our cherry blossom festival. We are […]

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Amanda hives a package of Arataki bees from New Zealand in one of our yards. Jeff Lee photo.

Our package bees arrive, with a promise of a heavy work season

The evidence of this weekend’s frenetic beekeeping activity is all over the place. In our kitchen, the floor is sticky from the droplets of sugar water that dripped as we made up major amounts in preparation for imported New Zealand bees that arrived Sunday. Out back of the garage is a pyramid of stacked cardboard […]

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Honey bee on a yellow Ohia Lehua blossom, at the Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui, Hawaii. Photo: Jeff Lee

Beekeeping challenges in Hawaii – A new series

Amanda and I have been in Hawaii for a week, ostensibly on holidays. But anyone who knows us also knows we couldn’t come here and not want to talk to the breeders, honey producers and researchers who are at the forefront of some of North America’s biggest changes in beekeeping. To say that Hawaii is […]

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