Monthly Archives: October 2012

What really demonizes Monsanto

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It was brought to my attention recently that Monsanto is not bad–it’s just a corporation looking to make money.  At the recent MSBA meeting Monsanto affiliate Jerry Hayes spoke about the company’s desire for sustainable agriculture (you can read that post here), but if that is true then there are some seriously misguided people leading that corporate entity.  In my… Read more »

Farm focus

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I have been hard at work on Runamuk’s business plan this last week.  My attention is focused almost solely on next year’s big move.  Even when I am busy with other tasks, at the back of my mind there is the farm.  We have to move next year.

10 tips on how to avoid GMOs

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grass-fed meat

With genetically modified ingredients in just about everything processed, it can be a daunting challenge to avoid them when you go to the grocery store.  It’s startling when you begin to realize how pervasive GM-ingredients are–it seems like they are in all of the things you love and have been eating for years!  But with a little dedication and your… Read more »

How to get started keeping bees

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how to keep bees

Keeping bees is a fascinating and rewarding hobby.  For many people, once they get started they are quickly infected with what is known as “Bee-fever” and there is no turning back.  Some beekeepers are content with a single or a pair of hives in the backyard, others can’t help but grow their little apiary year after year. If you’re think… Read more »

Monsanto claims commitment to the honeybee industry

The last speaker of the day at MSBA’s annual conference was Jerry Hayes–the beekeeper who is now working for Monsanto. I couldn’t help but notice that a number of people left before Hayes got up to speak, and I happened to overhear one pair of gentlemen heatedly discussing Monsanto as they walked past me, so I am sure their departure… Read more »

Maine beekeepers converge on Portland

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tony jadczak

I was downright giddy as I left the house just as the sun was coming up Saturday morning. The only vehicles on the road seemed to belong to men dressed in hunter orange, and I imagine that my excitement at going to my first-ever beekeeper’s conference surpassed their’s at a prospective day of hunting. It took me two hours to… Read more »

Making the connection: Honeybees and you

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Today I’m off to Reddington Memorial Home in Skowhegan to talk to the elderly folks there about bees and beekeeping.  It’s safe to say that this is one of my favorite aspects of being president of the Somerset Beekeepers.  People are naturally curious about beekeeping, it seems to hold some mystique and allure.  Perhaps it’s the idea of thousands of… Read more »