I’ve ranted in previous blogs about my opinions on packages and buying bees that come off monoculture and GMO crops – it’s no surprise to hear that I don’t agree with it. This year we chose not to buy packages from such operations and I will never do it again. It’s not anything personal, just different markets, goals and ways of achieving them.
There was some talk of “biting the hand that feeds you” when we said we were not supporting the local, middle men bee suppliers. Last time I checked, I was the only one feeding me. As somebody taking a few steps closer to more sustainable practices, it’s in my interest to learn how to do these things myself, hence no blogs in the past month..too much to do!
Over winter I had a goal to learn to make queens in Hawaii so we didn’t have to buy bees this spring. Well, the shenanigans with mites, diseases and beetles that hit the islands all my energy was focused on nursing hives back to health over there. Being the ambitious newbee I am, I didn’t let that get in my way..I am hell-bent on making queens. *Thanks Mike for dealing with my stubborn mindset and allowing it all come together*
Above is a picture of the first hive we requeened. We made our queens in nucs where they were hatched and mated before combining them with a colony. It was a success and I’m proud to say that I can now check one more thing off life goal list. The remainder of the season we will see how it plays out. If it goes as planned, I hope to be supplying friends with quality, local queens next year.