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Setting Honey Prices, Labeling, and Marketing Homestead Honey
February 1, 2019 . · Honey & Beeswax

When we first started keeping bees, many friends and family wanted to buy honey from us. In the beginning, we didn’t have any extra, but after a while, we had more than our family could use and we decided to sell some. But we needed to make sure we were selling the honey legally and had a competitive honey price.

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5 Tips for Starting Beekeeping

By Josh Vaisman, Colorado – A few years back my wife, Greta, announced we’d be taking on a new adventure; starting beekeeping. Truth be told, I was terrified my wife had …

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Judging the Best Honey in the World

Marissa Ames – Where does the best honey in the world come from? And how is it determined “best?” That question has no definitive answer, since every honey-producing region may …

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The Importance of Winterizing Beekeeping Equipment

By Alexis Griffee, Florida Winterizing beekeeping equipment, while the hive sleeps, avoids problems when the weather warms up. As the cooler weather rolls in, our thoughts on the farm often drift to …

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Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

By Laura Tyler – Mentoring is a traditional way for beekeepers to teach people starting beekeeping about tending bees. However, finding a mentor, someone who is both knowledgeable about hive management …

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What Happens to Bees in the Winter?
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

As we head into winter, with so much to do on the homestead, it can be easy to overlook the winter needs of your honey-producing bees. But don’t. They need …

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Natural Bees Comb Building: Boon or Bust?

The construction of natural bee’s comb is a wonder to behold. Festooning bees clasp legs to form hanging chains, a behavior many beekeepers describe as measuring, and set to work building hexagonal cells using wax flakes they excrete from abdominal glands and shape with their jaws. Each bee appears to work independently, yet somehow cells built by many bees working on different areas of comb come together seamlessly.

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Flow Hive Review: Honey on Tap

I never thought that I would be keeping bees. In fact, my healthy fear of them as a child had me spending warm summer days indoors and sprinting away from …

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Varroa Mite Treatments for a Healthy Hive
February 1, 2019 . · Health & Pests

Originally published in Countryside May / June 2017. Subscribe for the full digital issue! Varroa mites have been in the United States since the late 1980s and are considered a universal …

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What’s Better? Buying Bees or Catching Swarms?

By Ed Dane – Is buying bees better than catching bee swarms? It is if you buy nucs. There are several ways to start beekeeping. Most beginners start buying bees via …

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