Monthly Archives: October 2012

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 »

The meeting of the beekeepers

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Tuesday night’s meeting of the Somerset Beekeepers was a good one.  We probably have somewhere around 35 or so members now, and a core group of about 12-15 who typically show up for meetings, which our speakers tend to appreciate since a small group is easier to manage than a group of say–100.

How GM-foods affect the body

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In the first post of my series on GMOs (which you can read here), I explained that genetically modified organisms are plants that have had foreign genes inserted into their DNA. While not all impacts of GM-foods have been fully researched, specific aspects of how the altered foods may be affecting our bodies have been documented.  Many doctors and scientists… Read more »

How to make your own granola cereal

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homemade granola

Cereal is getting to be quite expensive at the grocery store, and if you take a look at the list of ingredients you you might find yourself wondering at the necessity of it all. I mean–what is tripotassium phosphate anyway? I looked it up–tripotassium phosphate is an emulsifier or foaming agent used in food processing. Besides that is the fact… Read more »

Hanging on to the dream

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For some, town life is fine; living close to others is not a problem, even welcome in some cases. Many folks have no trouble buying their groceries at the local supermarket, or paying others to do for them what they could certainly do with some effort and sweat. But for others, the desire to own land, to live off their… Read more »

What’s the problem with GMOs?

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October is GMO awareness month.  In order to raise awareness of GMOs and in participation of Non-GMO Awareness month, I’ve put together a series of blog-posts to help inform those who may not know why this is such a big deal. What is GMO? GMO stands for genetically modified organisms, and they are plants that have had foreign genes from… Read more »