Category Archives: Regional Beekeeping

California Man Brings Bees to Your Home

Based in Northern California, Allen L. of GetBees.net brings a beehive to your home and manages it on your behalf, providing you with honey. Allen provides training and maintenance, perfect for any level of interest. He told me he manages … Continue reading

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Peter Sieling speaks at Finger Lakes Beekeeping Club

Ithaca, NY—On Sunday, January 16th, Author and president of the Steuben County Honeybee Association, Peter Sieling, delivered a talk to the Finger Lakes Beekeeping Club on Woodworking for Beekeepers. His topics included how and where to buy lumber, seasoning your … Continue reading

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On Purchasing Honey

As far back as I can remember, my father has kept bees. As children we each had our own beehive and we helped him extract the honey. I have fond memories of the fragrance of melted beeswax mixed with the … Continue reading

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2010 Philadelphia Honey Festival

Reprinted from the Germantown/Mt. Airy Newspaper Philadelphia has a long history of beekeeping, laying claim to the father of modern beekeeping, L.L. Langstroth. The Philadelphia Honey Festival took place this weekend, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Langstroth’s birthday. With events … Continue reading

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Garreson Publishing Presents on Beehive Construction at ESHPA Conference

by Ariele Did you know that there is a type of wood called “cucumber”? I didn’t. It’s a wild magnolia and it”s frequently sold as yellow poplar, an altogether different tree species. A beekeeper mentioned it during Pete’s speech at … Continue reading

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Organic Beekeeping Training Course

Our friends at Organic Beekeeping 101 have just released an educational DVD for beginning beekeepers interested in organic beekeeping. The folks at Organic Beekeeping 101 have teamed passionate beekeeping teacher Randy Sue Collins and talented videographer Paul Martin to produce … Continue reading

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Hotel Beehive!

by Gary I went to SenchaCon at the Fairmont San Francisco this week. The hotel has beehives! They were installed this year to provide honey for the kitchens, pollinate plants, and stave off colony collapse disorder. On the lobby floor, … Continue reading

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Viewing L.L. Langstroth’s Papers at the Philadelphia Honey Festival

In early September, Garreson Publishing (that’s Peter, Nancy, and I) attended the Philadelphia Honey Festival. We missed the opening ceremony because we got stuck in traffic on I-76, and accidentally ended up in NJ. Post-opening ceremonies on Friday night included … Continue reading

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My Experience with Natural Beekeeping

Ten years ago, Dan, a local beekeeper in his eighties, told me he never had used Apistan or any other miticide in his 40+ colonies. Instead he gave them each a grease patty with a little wintergreen oil mixed in. … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Top Bar Hive

By Peter Sieling In 1682, check Sir George Wheler published A Journey into Greece. In it, pharmacy he described seeing a Greek hive—an inverted skep with wooden bars across the top to which bees attached their comb1. The sloping sides … Continue reading

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