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Large honey bee swarm. Photo: Jeff Lee

A massive swarm reminds us swarm season is here again

It is swarm season again, but this time with a twist. The early spring is wreaking havoc for beekeepers, who are finding overwintered colonies exceptionally strong. The mild winter, I think, has lulled some beekeepers into not realizing their hives are bigger, stronger and hence, more prone to swarm earlier than usual. The general rule […]

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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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Dusting a hive with icing sugar. One method of testing for varroa mite levels. At the BCHPA convention, we'll get an update on other methods of testing and treating for this little, but powerful pest. (Photo credit: Jeff Lee)

Why beekeepers should not miss the BC Honey Producers convention this month

As a beekeeper, the end of summer and the harkening fall remind me of the approaching B.C. Honey Producers Association fall convention September 25-27 at the Delta Airport Inn in Richmond. I watch the calendar with particular interest and count the days to the start of the three-day event. As associations go, the BCHPA is […]

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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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Beekeeper Alex Kurnicki demonstrates how to move a nuc into a larger brood box during the Richmond Beekeepers' annual field day held June 15 at his house in Vancouver. A beehive sandwiched between a lush garden and a changing neighbourhood. Photo by Jeff Lee

Beekeeping field day tips in Alex Kurnicki’s garden

Alex Kurnicki has an interesting problem literally developing next door to his lush Vancouver garden home that puts into perspective the challenges facing urban beekeepers. Right next to his lot on St. George Street, a tiny little oasis of bee-friendly plants and trees, is a massive development. When finished, the new owners of the strata […]

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Honey bee swarm found on a Delta Airlines jet in 2012. It was safely removed.

Bee Swarm Season is here: what to do if you see one

This is the season now for honey bee swarms, and if you’ve ever seen one, it can be an impressive sight. What to do with a swarm depends upon who you are: Homeowner or business owner Municipality or first responder Beekeeper First of all, don’t panic. Swarming is a natural phenomenon for honey bees and […]

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Julia Common, left, with her daughter Sarah, right, and Jim McLeod in the middle, examining a hive in the Hastings Folk Garden in the middle of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Photo credit: Jeff Lee

Hives for Humanity teaching beekeeping in Vancouver’s poorest district

There’s an interesting marriage of social enterprise and beekeeping taking place in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that offers promise for some of Canada’s poorest residents. Julia Common runs Hives for Humanity, a fledgling enterprise that has put beehives into the DTES with a goal of teaching people how to raise bees and produce honey for local […]

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