By the way, the Forums got overrun by spam bots that made a mess in there but I just cleaned that up so things are back to normal. Warnings were getting emailed to me but my own “spam” filter was ignoring them. LOL I guess that was the perfect storm. Anyway, sorry for anyone that endured that! Enjoy the Forums once again!
I’ve been uploading videos lately, getting caught up. While editing it I’ve realized that some of this footage I captured is definately YouTube worthy. Here is a 5 minute HD clip showing the waggle dance on the surface of a resting swarm. Be sure to go full-screen on it (and change it to 1080p resolution) to really catch the details. Enjoy.
The leaves are beginning to change here in Maryland and the breeze has that unmistakable hint of chill that signals Fall. The honeybees in the yard have shifted gears and they now patiently wait for those increasingly rare sunny days. Today we are overcast and stuck in day four of a 5-day rain.
I have been spending the last few days catching up on what the web has to offer about honeybees these days. As you all may know I have been inactive for a long time now and I have not been looking around out there. Well, I see there are a ton of new resources, studies, videos and ramblings available. The honeybee “movement” has indeed picked up steam and this is great!
The podcast has continued to enjoy high downloads even though I have not released any content for a while. That means new listeners are finding it all over the world. I get great emails of support and encouragement all the time, even now. A lot of you have urged me to begin producing content again. Others just thank me for producing, “a great body of work that has made a difference.”
I am inspired. I have put out an open call on the Forums. Please join that thread and post who you would like me to interview on the Podcast!
2012 was a tough year for Craig but by the skin of my teeth I managed to get this content produced just under the wire before we roll in 2013.
In this episode I thought it would be fun to go back and listen to Episode 1 and update everyone on whether or not any of those opinions and tactics had changed knowing what I know now come into my 4th season. It was a fun process and I learned that I did indeed change my stance on quite a number of things. Its a good long podcast coming in at about 12o minutes. Hope you enjoy it. As always, feedback is welcome.
I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone happy holidays. Also, I want to specifically thank all those of you who have taken the time to contact me and thank me for the Podcasts and the Forum community.
I get a lot of email, even now after not having produced new content in quite some time. You are telling me that you love the information and that it is helping you. Some people tell me that they have listened to every episode 3 and 4 times each which is amazing to me and I thank you. That means a lot to me, it really does.
I have put a great deal of time, effort and money into this humble project but it feels worth it because the material is resonating with a great number of you and I feel I have made an impact, however minor. It is something at least… There are a lot of Honeybees out there now that are being taken care of BETTER than they would have had I not began this Podcast and Forum community.
This note is starting to sound like a lead-in for a message that I am shutting down the Podcast. Nope! In fact, I am preparing to RAMP IT UP!
I have had some issues in my personal life which have kept me essentially off the map for the entire year of 2012 but I am telling you right now that I have no plans of shutting this site down. The Podcasts will continue and I look forward to many more years of bringing you great content.
The Beekeepers of Northern Virginia (BANV) with support from the Prince William Regional Beekeepers Association (PWRBA) will be hosting Michael Bush – author of “The Practical Beekeeper” and well known internet personality http://www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm
The event will be repeated on two days: July 30th and 31st, 2012.
Field Presentation – Venue T.B.D: this will be an outdoor event with limited attendance
Dinner – Restaurant T.B.D: a local restaurant will be selected for those who would like to meet before the main presentation – yes Michael will be at the dinner!
Program: [This event is filled to capacity] Monday July 30th 5:30 – 6:45 Dinner and informal Q&A Monday July 30th 7pm – 9pm Main Presentation
[This event is filled to capacity] Tuesday July 31th 5:30 – 6:45 Dinner and informal Q&A Tuesday July 31th 7pm – 9pm Main Presentation
IMPORTANT – Attendance may be limited due to location size restrictions. All those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP – please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in attending the main presentation, field day, and/or dinner
Special Notes: Michael bush will be selling and singing his book “The Practical Beekeeper”
Session topics to include:
· Organic/sustainable beekeeping
· Queens – rearing, maintaining, selecting
· Trends and thoughts on the evolution of beekeeping especially in the face of current challenge”
I will be in attendance on Tuesday! If you make it be sure to seek me out an dsay hello. I’d love to meet any and all podcast listeners!
New podcasts are scheduled and I hope you enjoy the guest line-up that will be presented. I will be mixing things up pretty good. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it.
Also, I have a few “in-person” speaking engagements scheduled and I may grab the audio from those talks and release it here if there is interest.
PS – If you’ve stumbled across this page from anywhere else and you have not visited before please be sure to check out the Forums. There are a lot of great pragmatic beekeepers there and the discussion is excellent!
Spring has sprung early around these parts. Well, it’s almost like winter never actually came, at least not in full force. In any case, the hives are alive with activity, a welcome relief.
I am about to make some splits and start some NUCs. By the end of the season I would like to have 10 NUCs ready to go into the winter, each 18″ high. The goal is to over-wintering them and offer them for sale next spring. (2013)
On another note, life just got a whole lot more interesting around here with the arrival of my daughter’s 5 baby chickens. We now have honey bees AND chickens. Good grief, put a straw hat on me and some over-alls and I’m officially a farmer!
Dr. Maryann Frazier at Penn State received funding from Project Apis mellifera (PAm) to run pesticide samples for interested beekeepers at a 50% discount of $80 for each samples for miticides or $142 per sample for the full screen of 171 pesticides, compared to $160 for miticides or $284 for the full 171 pesticide analysis without the cost-share. Beekeepers can send samples of wax, pollen, adult bees, brood, or nectar for analysis. In two to three weeks after the samples are sent in, the beekeeper will be provided with a report of the pesticides in samples, along with information about how those levels compare to the rest of the country. All the data generated will be stored in a large and confidential database at Penn State.
If you are interested in participating, contact Maryann.