Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

making the planet a better place one hive at a time.

Bastards October 18, 2011

Filed under: food sources — dronedude @ 8:44 pm

Dear Friends,

FRESH has organized a petition to stop Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) sweet corn from reaching grocery shelves. I’ve just signed it, and hope that you will join me in asking supermarket CEOs to refuse to carry this product.

For the first time, Monsanto is marketing a GM corn that will be sold directly to consumers and go directly to grocery aisles. The corn is engineered to kill insects with Bt toxins and to resist heavy spraying with Roundup herbicide. Already, Roundup resistant crops have resulted in an epidemic of over 21 types of resistant superweeds. Even more alarming, recent studies have linked Roundup with birth defects in animals, and Bt toxins from GM foods have been found in the bloodstreams of pregnant mothers and their unborn babies.

Let’s nip this in the bud now. Trader Joe’s has already indicated they will not carry GM sweet corn. Sign to tell the rest of the top grocery chains to follow suit.

Thank you,



nectar flows and honey June 17, 2011

Filed under: food sources,summertime happenings — queen frederica @ 7:16 am

This year has been up and down with the weather but it’s all coming together. Our hives that wintered over are doing well and full of nectar and bees. Below is a hive I am going to pull honey from for the fair this year:

June 11, 2011.

About 10 days ago was the black locust flow and I’m bummed that we don’t have any hives near those trees. I’d love to try some of the honey if anyone has some, hinthint. The basswood trees are going to be opening up next week up in our part of the state. I am looking forward to this because it’s one of my favorite honeys of.all.time!

basswood tree

I’ve also seen yellow sweet clover popping up around the metro. Get those supers ready!

yellow sweet clover


current nectar and pollen May 18, 2011

Filed under: food sources,springtime happenings — queen frederica @ 10:04 pm

This is what our bees are after recently here in Scandia.

dandelions coming to and end

wild plums in the middle of their bloom

apple blossoms just starting to open up today

These 3 things make particularly amazing honey.


apples almost in bloom May 17, 2011

Filed under: food sources,orchard — queen frederica @ 7:22 am

Last night we took a quick ride up to the orchard to check the bees. We’ve got 4 hives up there and they all doing well with all the food out there for them. Lots of nectar and pollen coming in from the dandelions, wild plums and wild mustard that are in bloom. In about two days the apples will be in bloom –thank goodness the forecast calls for clear skies! Let’s hope it stays that way — last year wasn’t the best of years with that snow/rain crap during the bloom.  Here’s to 2011 rocking the free world up at the orchard!


b - 2 days.


Mother’s Day weekend happenings May 8, 2011

Filed under: bees,food sources,springtime happenings — queen frederica @ 12:19 pm

bee and soul food

Spring has kept us on our toes here at Bone Lake Meadows. It’s been a slow start but it seems like the weather is taking a turn for the better and might stop getting so dang chilly. It’s the crap weather that really makes you see just how hardy the breeds of bees we work with are. Our highest survival rate has been with Italian bees. Posted below is a video of a very strong colony that survived winter. (Video taken after a spit)

This colony is what we look for in a strong colony of bees: gentle, prolific, large honey producers, hygienic and beautiful. Winter losses are hard but if it leaves you with bees like these, we can’t complain. We know that the bees that survived winter are very strong and won’t go down easily. This video demonstrates survival of the fittest. These bees are ready to kick butt and take names this year!

Weather reporters have been taking about the high pollen counts — beekeepers can’t be happier!! Excellent for raising healthy and happy bees! Willows are not only beautiful right now, but a great pollen source for the bees right now.

willow next to the chicken coop


spring is here! April 24, 2011

Filed under: food sources — queen frederica @ 10:46 pm

Look at what I found today just down the road from my house:


6. Thou shall not commit murder/kill dandelions.

Happy Easter.


organic. April 20, 2011

Filed under: food sources — queen frederica @ 9:45 pm

My mother and I were recently in Texas for business meetings.. hers being with fellow educators and mine being poolside with the intense, southern sun.

I may or may not have messed with Texas..

By day we accomplished a lot in our respective meetings. For example, I am a new shade of red. [Apparently that 4 month Hawaiian base ‘tan’ of mine faded after a few weeks under layers of winter clothing..] After  long, hard days of work we enjoyed dinners with great food and company. I really enjoyed meeting these folks and hearing their ideas amd perspective on things.

One of the things we talked about was bees and food – I know, imagine that. People always ask what the deal is with the bees and my answer is always something along the lines of: people are greedy and it shows in our food industry, which bees have a major impact on. As a result of this, I am now wondering what organic means to people.

Organic. What does ot mean to you? Wait, before We begin this whole deal I will consult my ever so reliable friend, Merriam-Webster, to clear up any confusion.

Organic. or·gan·ic [ôr-gnk]

a: archaic

b:  of, relating to, or derived from living organisms <organic evolution>;
of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides

c: forming an integral element of a whole : fundamental

d: having properties associated with living organisms; Resembling a living organism in organization or development; interconnected

I guess I get so jazzed over this topic of organic because it has been bastardized by Corporate America. It is now a current craze and you can even find a large variety of “organic” products at large chain stores that will remain nameless in my blog.

I don’t mind if great things are exposed to people in ridiculous waves as long as it’s beneficial, but when the core reason or belief is totally bypassed it really changes things. It’s almost like the meaning or representation of organic or natural things are propaganda now. The meaning appears to have evolved into a new thing.

When I buy/grow/use organic, it’s because I am looking for something wholesome for both me and the earth. Organics have the potential to change the world in ways a lot of people don’t think or really care about. I could go on about it for quite some time but I am truly curious what it means to people. Feel free to comment or email with your answers.

What does it mean to you?

organic is not just for dirty hippies!