Next workshop/course date has been set

Mark your calendar! If you’ve been dying to hear Greg’s words of wisdom first-hand and learn everything that we can cram into 4 hours or so, pencil us in for Saturday, June 21. Kind of fitting to be talking about bees and sustainability on the solstice, don’t you think? 😎 Details will be posted here as they’re nailed down, but …

One-time compensation for hive losses coming to Ontario

There’s word from the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association this morning that the next Ontario budget will include provisions for a one-time compensation payment to beekeepers suffering large losses in 2014. It’s $105 per hive and available to beekeepers with 10 or more hives who have lost more than 40% of their hives between January 1 and October 31, 2014. It won’t …

Announcing the Canadian Sustainable Beekeeping Network

Learning about bees and beekeeping is a daunting task. Let’s be honest: you’ve taken an interest in working with an insect that you’ve tried to avoid angering for your entire life. Bees are dangerous, aren’t they? The first time that I investigated this was in the early 90’s. There was next no information about how to get started available online …

All About Bees at Little Cat

They’re letting us speak in public again. 😯 Come join Seldom Fools Apiculture and learn about the humble honey bee. We can attribute at least one third of each bite of our food to this little pollinator and the important role they play in our daily lives. In recent years, both the domestic and the wild populations have been declining …

Welcome back to the site!

Web sites can be complicated things. They don’t necessarily have to be. It just works out that way sometimes. The best laid plans and all that. Last summer, we (well, I) had database issues. It wound up being corrupted and we lost all of our previous posts. Our web host didn’t have much of a backup system and I didn’t …

Using bees to apply pesticides? Unfortunately yes.

I had hoped that this article was a spoof when I saw it linked on Google+ this morning, but it’s all too real: While bees pollinate crops, Canadian researchers have found they can also be used to control pest insects and manage disease by dropping off pest control agents while they work. “We thought we can give added value to …

New lip balm flavours

Just in time for winter, we’re testing cinnamon and star anise (licorice) in our lip balms. Cinnamon especially we need to get right: we don’t want what should be a soothing thing to burn anyone’s lips. 😉 When they’re ready, we’ll be launching an online sales section of the site here. It’s been far too long in the making.

The Great Hive Monitoring Project is underway!

You see lots of numbers and facts bandied about with regards to bee hives and winter. Temperatures, how the cluster moves, when they cluster up, etc. But you don’t actually see the data. I know that the centre of a winter cluster of bees is supposed to be approximately 90F all the time, but only because I’ve read it somewhere. …