Preparing your beehives for winter

As the rush of spring and early summer wanes, the beekeepers’ attention turns toward the up-coming cold months.  Getting your honeybee colonies through the winter–especially one such as those we experience here in Maine–is perhaps…

9 health benefits of using honey

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a honey convert. I wasn’t raised on it, and to tell the truth–before I got into beekeeping the last jar of honey I bought came from the…

Establishing a new farm: Where to start & how to prioritize

These days nothing is more enticing than the concept of living a life sustained by the land and nature.  Folks from all walks are turning away from the mainstream and it’s commercialized lifestyle.  For some…

How and why to do mite-tests in your apiary

Recently I went around to the various Runamuk apiaries to perform my annual mite-tests, and while the 12 colonies under my care have struggled to produce surplus honey, I am happy to say that compared…

How to make your own laundry soap

Save more money by making it yourself!   If you’ve never made your own laundry soap you don’t know what you’re missing.  The laundry soaps that are available commercially are expensive, and filled with ingredients…