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Adopt a Hive for the 2018 Season

Help save the honeybee by renting your own backyard beehive and enjoy the fall honey harvest. We also do commercial rentals - imagine putti

VARROA MITES – It’s not “if” you get them, it’s “WHEN” you get them…………………….

The mite is the small red dot on the bee to the left. Don't let size fool you, they are a fact of life, the curse of bees and beekeeps everywhere, naturally occurring both in feral and domestic beehives. Cure your hive and get re-infected by a neighbor’s infected bees. It’s a vicious cycle that takes determination and work to break the cycle. The good news is that varroa mites are treatable, and with proper hive maintenance, can be reduced to a minor inconvenience. The key words here - proper hive maintenance. SO YOU HAVE MITES? Its ok, so do the neighbors!!……….goes the conversation. Well just how many do you have and to what extent are they affecting your bees? The next step must be t

PTSD and BEES - Explaining the connection

“I am haunted by the image of a little boy, and had I taken the time to dwell on the circumstances this child was in instead of pushing it to the back of my mind, perhaps I may have changed my outlook on life, and I would somehow be better today. But I didn’t; I was just too preoccupied with the job to even learn his name.” Anonymous – printed with permission. PTSD, as discussed in my previous installment on PTSD and Bees, is a mental injury that can take weeks, months or even years to announce itself. Once it makes itself known, the road to recovery can be long and challenging, and more often than not, life changing. One of the bigger challenges I faced when being treated for PTSD was com

PTSD and Bees - A complicated connection!

November 2nd. What is PTSD and what do Bees have to do with this story? This blog will focus on the mental health illness known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its impact on members of our military, mainly me - as I am one of those military members who have been diagnosed with PTSD. How it connects to Bees will come in a bit. defines post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition that was often referred to as shell shock or combat stress, and states that it occurs after experiencing severe trauma or a life-threatening event. It’s normal for the mind and body to be in shock after such an event, but this normal response becomes PTSD when your nervous system gets “stu

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