The early spring season is a very difficult time for bees and beekeepers. When the temperatures start warming the bees begin increasing activity, rearing brood, and flying on warm sunny days. This is a tricky time for bees because there is not much available to feed the growing population. Many beekeepers feed sugar-syrup or candy, to supplement the bees’ food… Read more »
I’m so thrilled that the folks from Mother Earth News would consider Runamuk! Last fall I responded to a call for submissions to Mother Earth News (MEN). They were looking to do a story on home-based businesses and requested entrepreneurs to send them the story of how they got into business and why they chose the niche that they did. … Read more »
The sky is clear, and brilliantly blue the day after a big Nor’easter. Here in central Maine, where the Runamuk Acres Farm and Apiary is located, the roads are still covered with packed snow, and road crews work to clean them up after the snowstorm. But I make my rounds to our 2 out-lying apiaries, to check on the hives,… Read more »
We received the “Wings of Life” documentary on Saturday, I ordered it from Amazon and had it shipped here by mail, but I couldn’t even begin to think about writing a review of the film until just the other day–so mesmerized by the vivid depiction of the one thing that I prize above all others on this planet. The relationship… Read more »
Anyone who follows this blog on a regular basis is probably aware of my personal opposition to genetically modified organisms, also known as GMOs. Back in Novemeber of 2012 I wrote a series of posts regarding the issues surrounding GMOs as we watched California gearing up to vote on Proposition 37 (here is their website). I did extensive research, reading… Read more »
Many American gardeners cling fast to the idea that the growing season doesn’t begin until Memorial Day weekend. Yet in Europe gardeners use a variety of methods to extend their season and increase their garden’s harvest. Thanks to Elliot Coleman’s book Four Season Harvest, more and more Americans are discovering the possibilities. Even in Maine you can get a jump… Read more »
At Runamuk Earth Day is a big event. Any significant event celebrating nature is a big event here because we make it so, the Winter Solstice, Mid-Summer’s Eve, the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, Arbor Day, Pollinator Week, Compost Awareness Week, just to name a few. Keith and I are both nature lovers, passionate about embracing nature, preserving and protecting life,… Read more »
Our youngest son “Summer” is never more content than when he his hard at work fixing something, and while the Runamuk truck is down for maintenance, Keith thought it the perfect time to include Summer in the repairs. This is the rear axle that they are tinkering on.
I’m a big fan of season extenders like cold-frames and mini hoop-houses for the family garden. Last year I managed to erect a mini greenhouse of sorts, using PVC and plastic, and with that I hardened off my seedlings in anticipation of the growing season. This year I not only want to use that method to protect tender seedlings, but… Read more »
With acreage to reclaim as farm-land and the goals for Runamuk’s future in mind, I’ve signed up for the June Goat School with Ken and Janice Spaulding at Stony Knolls Farm in St.Albans this June. The Spauldings have been raising goats for 25 years and were even featured in this article in the Bangor Daily News back in 2010.
Last week I met with Jim Cornforth of Madison Electric to determine where exactly the lines for the electricity would run. It would be great to be able to start up our farm off the grid, but with a very limited budget we’re forced to stick with electricity for the time being. The electric company will install up to 300… Read more »
The old house we have been living in for the last 5 years has been miserable to heat, so Keith and I wanted to make sure that we would be all set in the new house come next winter.
Throughout the month of April, Keith has taken Mondays off from his off-farm job in order to be able to disassemble the old farm house. Typically he has Sundays and Tuesdays off, but by taking Monday off Keith has three days off each week. He aims to get the old house down and sorted with one hundred hours of labor,… Read more »