Books for Beekeepers

There was a discussion on a Facebook group yesterday about beekeeping guides. A newbee was looking for a recommendation for “the best” one. I wish I could say that this book or that one is the best one ever and there’s no need for any others. Unfortunately, I can’t. Such a guide doesn’t exist. However, it’s easy to make a recommendation: …

Pesticide linked to bee deaths to be restricted in Ontario – The Globe and Mail

Hit off the Globe & Mail’ presses comes word that Ontario is planning to do something about the rampany overuse of neonicotinoid pesticides: http://m.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/pesticide-linked-to-bee-deaths-to-be-restricted-in-ontario/article19480431/?service=mobile It’s not a ban, but it’s a step in the right direction. Hopefully, whatever kind of permit scheme they come up with will make a difference.

A top-bar split too!

5 years ago (I think), we received an email from a gentleman North of Kingston requesting that we place a hive in his yard. The previous year had been so bad for pollinators in his area that Tim hand-pollinated his 20mx40m vegetable garden. Hand-pollinated it. Yeah. Out we went with a top-bar hive. Found a nice spot for it and installed …

Tomorrow’s the day for splits!

The weather’s been absolutely beautiful for bees around here since that pathetic excuse for a Spring gave up and left: nice and hot, enough rain (well, more than enough rain) to keep everything growing and blooming. It’s been glorious. We’ve been planning to get working on our breeding program this year and had set tomorrow for the first step: setting …

Australian wholesaler stung with $30,000 fine for fake honey

An Australian supplier of Mediterranean and Turkish food products has been stung with a $30,600 fine for misrepresenting its “Victoria Honey” product, which is neither derived from bees nor made in Victoria. The ACCC found Melbourne-based distributor Basfoods to have made misrepresentations on its product labelling and its website that suggested its “Victoria Honey” was produced by honey bees, when …

June 21/2014 Sustainable Beekeeping Course CANCELLED

Due to apparent low interest, tomorrow’s workshop/course has been cancelled. We’ll be contacting registrants in the next day or say to refund their payments. We’re working on some new material and hope to have something new going in the Fall. Thank you for your support.

Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping Course

NOTE: Course has been cancelled. Saturday June 21, 2014 Introduction to Sustainable Beekeeping being hosted by Seldom Fools Apiculture. Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30pm Place: Kingston Unitarian Fellowship -206 Concession St, Kingston, ON We are offering our successful and fun introductory course on sustainable beekeeping. The day is broken down into 4 talks with lots of time for questions, discussions, …

This just in: pesticides are good for honeybees!

I’ll just let that sink in for a moment. That’s right: everything that we think we know about honeybees and pesticides are wrong. Believe it. No, I haven’t lost my mind. A journalist tried to feed me that line this morning. Bear with me, it will take a minute to explain. I was perusing the Beekeepers of Eastern Ontario and Western …

Bee Heroic, Canada!

I just came across this illustration on Twitter. It’s time for everyone to stand up and let your voices be heard. Much to the obvious chagrin of the pesticide companies, not only are neonicotinoid pesticides killing bees by the millions, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health has strengthened the link between exposure to two widely used neonicotinoids …

Cub Scouts and Beekeeping

Cub Scouts have two “Specialty” badges: Individual and Pack. What that means is the requirements aren’t set out by Scouts Canada. The individual specialty is a badge designed by the Cub. They figure out a topic, set some requirements, have the leaders approve it then go to work. Pack specialty is designed by the leaders for the whole Pack. Greg …