Monthly Archives: January 2013

Talking pollinators with the Somerset master gardeners

Last night I had the privilege of speaking to a group of my peers, the master gardeners of Somerset County.  It was an informal pot-luck dinner for the alumni that the folks at the extension office organized to thank those who gathered for their time and dedication.  I was honored that Kathy Hopkins and Tom Goodspeed would think of me… Read more »

What are the benefits of using beeswax?

what are the benefits of beeswax

  Since man first began robbing bee-trees for honey, beeswax has been a highly prized commodity treasured for it’s many uses and healthful benefits.  Beeswax is utilitarian, medicinal, and beautifying. Beeswax through the ages Both ancient Egyptians and Persians used beeswax when embalming the dead.  When they conquered Corsica in 181 BC, the Romans demanded beeswax as tribute.  And in… Read more »

Feeding bees non-GMO sugar

feeding your bees non-gmo sugar

There are a good number of beekeepers who object to feeding bees sugar.  And I completely understand their objections.  Sugar is essentially the equivalent of feeding your bees a steady diet of twinkies.  It causes a number of health issues.  Add to that the fact that mainstream sugar is produced from genetically modified sugar beets, which have been proven through… Read more »

The next hurdle…finding funding

Well we’ve got the land, we’ve got our ideas and plans and goals, now all we need is the money to put things into action.  In order to even get started at the new site of Runamuk Acres, we’re going to have to establish a foundation at the new farm–that means all of the basics that make up a farm. … Read more »

Who are the pollinators?

The spectrum of animal pollinators is much broader than most people realize.  With some 200,000 species world-wide, pollinating approximately 80% of all flowering plants, this group of animals has a profound impact upon the functioning of Earth’s ecology.  They are a keystone group of animals and without them our lives would be very different indeed. Thanks to their prevalence in… Read more »

Winter management of the beehives

I miss my bees during the winter.  The long cold and snowy months when a beekeeper can’t go out to play with her bees are hard for me. But yesterday was a gorgeous January day–sunny and relatively warm (for January), and I was feeling energized after helping a local prune her beautiful apple tree.  So I trudged through the snow… Read more »