Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

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

spring is a coming March 1, 2012

Filed under: kelseybee!,springtime happenings — queen frederica @ 5:35 pm

“The more you investigate these creatures and the manner in which they live, the more you will come to the conclusion that there is great wisdom in how they work and what they accomplish.”
-Rudolf Steiner

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Last Thursday the first cycle of brood hatched here at the Biodynamic Agriculture College. It was a beautiful sunny day and all of us students were sitting barefoot in the gardens soaking up the sun’s energy. It was the first taste of spring as we all felt that connection with the sun. Bees are definite creatures of the sun and are far more tuned into it than us humans. I can imagine they were waiting for it more than I..

Since ancient times here in Western Europe on February 2nd people have been celebrating Candlemas (or Feast of Lights before Christianity). It marks the midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox and is considered the beginning of spring by many. It is a time when the earth starts awakening and farmers prepare for the coming season. The promises of the return of the light and the renewal of life which were made at the winter solstice are becoming evident. The bees, too, sensed this awakening because it was the day the queen laid her first eggs of the year. Exactly 21 days (time of a worker bee to develop) after Candlemas new bees emerged from the hive. Each day more and more pollen is coming in.. oh the things to come.

Happy March!

 

Sunshine and blooming flowers December 27, 2011

Filed under: kelseybee!,winter stuff — queen frederica @ 11:51 am

In the midst of winter, just after the solstice, I took this photo to remind you that the days are now getting longer. Each morning here on Lanzarote I wake up to bees visiting the blooming aloe plants outside my window. If you look at the blossoms hanging toward the earth you will see a pretty lady getting breakfast. What a way to start the day..

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Another adventure for winter October 4, 2011

Filed under: kelseybee!,team awesome — queen frederica @ 10:37 am

Hello from the 100 Acre Wood, also known as the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England. Unexpectedly, it’s been quite sunny and nice out but it is most definitely fall. The leaves are beginning to change and the grapevines are the most beautiful shade of red. Things are starting to slow down and prepare for a winter rest.

You might wonder what I am doing here or why I am writing about it because it has nothing to do with bees or honey. No, I am not just writing to talk about the English countryside and the romance of it all. I have come here to a tiny village called Forest Row to study something very relevant and important to honeybees. For the next 18 months I am being trained in biodynamic horticulture at one of my new favorite spots on the globe: the biodynamic agriculture college

A few years ago when I started getting into bees I was exposed to the world of plants. Anyone who keeps bees quickly learns what good bee food is as the season progresses. Many people think that bees will visit any flower but this is far from the truth. Just like people, bees are attracted and prefer certain foods. They, too, cannot live off just one or two things. They know what they need and what is most nutritious. As Beekeepers, we must make certain that we surround our bees with a variety of nourishment. In support of healthy bees, I started learning more plants honeybees frequent and planting them.

In the process of learning what bees like and planting for them, I starting planting for me too. My first year was a wild one! I got a little crazy with all the planting and failed at thinning as it all grew in. Going to pick a squash or cucumber was like venturing into the wild unknown. Either way, it was great to watch everything grow and even better to eat! After learning the potential of growing veggies I decided next year I would actually plan it so I could avoid the store and only eat from the garden. 2011 was the tastiest summer of my life.

The difference between fresh, local food and stuff that comes from a great distance, genetically manipulated or ripened in a warehouse is immense. Our food system is beyond backwards and won’t last. Agribusiness is such bullshit – what happened to the culture part in agriculture? Sustainable doesn’t come in a bottle, bag or laboratory; it comes from the methods and practices that got us here over the past thousands of years. I encourage you to think about where your food comes from and how it came to be. If you don’t know, you probably wouldn’t want to.

I will leave you at that story. My goal here is not to complain about today’s problems but to give you an idea of why I am studying a sustainable form of agriculture, how it sparked my interest and how I hope to change the world. I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful fall and getting your fix of squash!

Also, did you know what over half of the money you spend on our all natural lotions, lip balms and beeswax candles supports my education? :) thank you all!

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