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Spring Beekeeping

Our honeybees have finished up their gig pollinating the blueberries at Community By Design Farm. Once the blueberry fruit set, the Mickelberry Gardens team got up before sunrise to seal the bees inside the hives before they were awake. Then … Continue reading

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Vibrant Regional Food Systems Support Pollinator Health

In the past century, farms in the United States have grown enormously in scale, tending towards mechanization, monoculture, and application of petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides, and chemical insecticides. One consequence of this spread of monoculture and pesticide use across our agricultural … Continue reading

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All About Propolis

Propolis is a sticky substance the worker bees collect from conifer trees and various other resinous, sap-bearing plants. Honeybees use materials from a variety of botanical processes in different parts of plants to produce propolis. They use substances actively secreted … Continue reading

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The Hives Prepare for Winter

Activity is winding down at the Mickelberry Gardens apiary. After the honey harvest in August, the bees spent the rest of the summer and fall foraging nectar and pollen for themselves. Temperatures dropped low in October, and each hive was … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest – Honey and Beeswax

Fall is quickly approaching here in the Pacific Northwest, which means that work out in the bee yard is winding down. We harvested our honey in early August, which is light and flavorful. The bees’ honey output this year was … Continue reading

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A Swarm Story

Here’s a pictorial story of one of our successful swarm removals, as captured by photographer Stephen Hall. We left the box on Stephen’s property until nightfall. By that time, all the bees were cozy inside their new home, and we … Continue reading

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