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Feral Bees

← View Previous Post View Next Post → January 2016: FERAL AND MANAGED COLONIES (I was hoping to publish this essay together with a description of feral bees by another author who has studied them quite extensively. When I could see that the companion article...

The Best Kept Secret Revisited

← View Previous Post View Next Post → (An edited version of this was first published in the Small Farmer’s Journal, Spring and Summer issues, 2014. This is the complete text. The original essay: “The Best Kept Secret”, is now on the website...

My Apology to EAS

← View Previous Post View Next Post → With EAS (Eastern Apicultural Society conference) coming to Vermont this year, and many inquiries coming in from customers and friends who are members, I’ve decided it’s time for me to post in a public place...

Some Great Mentors

← View Previous Post View Next Post → As a change of pace from my other contributions for 2009, I thought I would share with you a few stories about my mentors and how they shaped the way I conceived and developed the apiary I’ve described in this...

#11: December—Conclusion

← View Previous Post View Next Post → So, after almost a year, we’ve arrived back where we started this column, doing the very last outdoor job of the season—melting the cappings wax on a nice day in December. It’s a good job to end the season with. There’s...

The Best Kept Secret Part 2

← View Previous Post View Next Post → The Best Kept Secret–Part 2 (First published in the Small Farmer’s Journal, Fall 1999) It’s all very well to speak and write about the thoughts and ideas that develop from working on something for a long...

The Best Kept Secret Part 1

View Next Post → The Best Kept Secret–Part 1 (First Published in the Small Farmer’s Journal, Summer, 1999) Surely the best kept secret in the U.S. today is the wonderful way of life that’s possible with full-time farming on a small place. If more...