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My Beekeeping Article Was Published in The MWA Newsletter

My Beekeeping Article Was Published in The MWA Newsletter

Tonight I was a guest speaker at my neighborhood association meeting. I was invited to talk to a group of forty neighbors about the benefits of urban beekeeping. Can I just mention how awesome my neighbors are? They are so amazing. While most neighborhood associations are all about enforcing neighborhood convenants against clothes lines, edible […]

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WANTED: Surplus Backyard Fruit For Making Preserves From Freecycle Readers

WANTED: Surplus Backyard Fruit For Making Preserves From Freecycle Readers

I cannot believe that I didn’t think of this sooner. Two hours ago I put the below want ad on Freecycle. I’ve already gotten four positive responses! WANTED: surplus backyard fruit for making preserves Hi all– I am a blue ribbon winning maker of homemade preserves. I’m trying to find sources of free fruit in […]

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Queen Bee Assassination By Honey Bee Kill Squad!

Queen Bee Assassination By Honey Bee Kill Squad!

FRED SAVE THE QUEEN! A fellow organic beekeeper, Fred, posted this amazing video on YouTube. Background for non-beeks: “Balling” is the beekeeping term for “assassinating the Head of State.” When bees decide to commit regicide and bump off the queen bee for whatever reason, they form the bee version of a firing squad (so everyone […]

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June Food Stamp Challenge: Mini Farms Are The Future

June Food Stamp Challenge: Mini Farms Are The Future

This morning I attended the monthly Backwards Beekeeping club meeting at Farmlab in downtown Los Angeles. On the way out, one of the farmlab-ers offered me a free varigated flax plant, that’s going right into my front yard (YAY!) and a mulberry start. I have no idea where I’m going to plant the mulberry tree…yet, […]

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Swarm Stopper! (I Hope).

Swarm Stopper! (I Hope).

Look at the gorgeous natural comb that the Lincoln Log Bees created. It’s so pretty. And such a pain in the ass to inspect. Mr. Homegrown Evolution came over on saturday to get some open brood from me for his Hollywood Hills trap out. Since he was already in his bee gear, he was nice […]

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Honey Harvest! The Speaker Bees Give Us 40 Pounds Of Honey!

Honey Harvest! The Speaker Bees Give Us 40 Pounds Of Honey!

My friend Laura came over last friday to help me harvest the honey out of the Speaker Bee Hive. In preparation for this event, last week I’d separated the fourteen frames of capped honeycomb from the brood comb by putting the honeycomb into the top two boxes on the hive, and adding an escape board, […]

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June Bee Hive Inspection

June Bee Hive Inspection

In advance of this week’s honey harvest, I inspected all of or our hives to see what each colony was up to. The Hot Tub Bees Background: It’s a good thing that these bees live in my yard, because they’d never make it as corporate bees. They suck at building. Earlier this spring I added […]

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