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Opening the Bees
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Opening the Bees

Just checking on the girls. No surprise, after a swarm in May, and installing a nuc in June, that the honey stores are not full. We’ll have to keep an eye on them, and start feeding soon if we need […]

The Farm Gets New Bees
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The Farm Gets New Bees

After the rough winter of 2014-15, we weren’t surprised to learn that we lost one of our hives. And also, while we were in Minnesota, several neighbors reported that we’d had a swarm from the remaining one. With one hive […]

Ron Breland and His Bees
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Ron Breland and His Bees

Ron Breland is an organic beekeeper who lives in West Nyack with his wife, who is a terrific gardener. They make a fine pair! Greg was interviewing Ron for an article on honey and bees for The Valley Table magazine, […]

Another Swarm!
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Another Swarm!

The bees swarmed again! This time, we invited Philippe and John to come over and get them. They did. They were happy to have them. And it looks like they got a queen, so all is good. Related posts: Our […]

Our Bees Swarm!
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Our Bees Swarm!

Greg has promised to write up the saga of our bee swarm. As a cliffhanger, here’s a look at what we came home to on Wednesday evening! Related posts: The Farm Gets Bees! The Farm Gets New Bees Bad News […]

The Bees Swarm!
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The Bees Swarm!

Wherein the bees swarm and congregate on the fence, Greg collects them and puts them in our empty hive. Related posts: The Farm Gets Bees! The Farm Gets a Second Hive of Bees Bad News on the Bees: We Lost […]

Bee Class at Stone Barns
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Bee Class at Stone Barns

We took our third and final bee class at Stone Barns. We always learn a little something, even if the class is geared toward absolute new-bees. Get it? New-bees? Related posts: Bee Class at Stone Barns Drinks at Blue Hill […]

The Farm Gets New Bees
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The Farm Gets New Bees

Al the Bee Guy came down from Northern Westchester bearing gifts: a 3-pound package of 15,000 little helpers for Sour Cherry Farm. They arrive in this screened-in box and he pours them into the hive like water. Here are the […]

Bee Class at Stone Barns
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Bee Class at Stone Barns

Stone Barns Center has started a series calleld “Beekeeping for Newbees,” and Greg and I were there to learn all about setting up the hive, the queen’s nuptial flight and other bee-related knowledge. Dan Carr, Stone Barns livestock assistant and […]

Opening the Bee Hive
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Opening the Bee Hive

Here, John and Philippe demonstrate how to open a bee hive and check that the girls are doing OK. Related posts: The Farm Gets Bees! A Lawn Party at John and Philippe’s Bearding Bees

Bearding Bees
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Bearding Bees

We were quite frightened when we first saw the bees doing this. But once our bee friends told us it was completely normal, we quite liked watching them try to stay cool in hot weather. It’s called bearding. And it […]

The Bees are Buzzing!
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The Bees are Buzzing!

I ran the lawnmower in front of the bees, and boy did they get all uppity about it! They were buzzing so much I had to get the camera out. So here’s a look-see. More photos, after the jump. Related […]

The Farm Gets Bees!
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The Farm Gets Bees!

After our trip to see Stephen’s bees, Greg was a goner. His heart was set on getting bees, no matter what. He was all crazy researching where to find them — and really the closest place was up near Saratoga […]