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Honey bee on new blueberry blossom, Richmond. Jeff Lee photo

Shortage of hives for blueberry crop driving prices, causing a stir

There’s an interesting story in the Chilliwack Progress this week about the significant lack of pollination-strength hives available for blueberry growers in British Columbia. It features Honeyview Farms’ Peter Awram, the largest commercial beekeeper in B.C., who runs 4,000 hives. I’ve written in the recent past about the fact there aren’t enough hives available this […]

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Package bees from New Zealand being put into one of our hives in 2012.  Photograph by: Mark van Manen , Vancouver Sun

On the debate over buying bees imported from New Zealand

This week, as commercial beekeepers began putting hives into apricot orchards and are busily getting ready for the blueberry season, we picked up some new packages from New Zealand. There’s lots of debate over whether starting hives in Canada from packaged imports – whether from Australia, Chile or New Zealand. For Amanda and I, our […]

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Blueberry farmer and bee keeper Bob Fisher has brought in packages of bees from New Zealand to bolster his local bees to pollinate blueberries at his Richmond farm. Photograph by: Les Bazso , PNG

B.C. beekeepers relying on New Zealand package bees for blueberry pollination

Most beekeepers in B.C. are just starting to take stock of their over-wintered colonies, checking for dead-outs, putting on pollen patties and mixing up heavy syrup for the feeders. But this is also the time when those beekeepers who are involved in pollinating B.C.’s important blueberry crop are also installing packaged bees that have just […]

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