Posts Categorized: Fun Facts

Organic Honey

https://beeinformed.org/2012/08/06/organic-honey/

Over the weekend as I was doing some grocery shopping and as I wandered down the aisles I found myself staring at the shelves lined with honey. I normally try to get my honey from local beekeepers to ensure that is both local and unpasteurized but I had to look anyway.  As I scoped out…

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Bee Beard

https://beeinformed.org/2012/06/14/bee-beard/

Last Saturday Rob and I volunteered to participate in the Patrick Ranch’s annual Country Faire and Threshing Bee. For more information about the event visit: http://site.patrickranchmuseum.org/index.html We got a call from Yvonne Koehnen earlier last week asking if we would be interested in doing a bee beard for the honey bee exhibit at the fair….

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Where Have All the Young People Gone?

https://beeinformed.org/2012/05/14/where-have-all-the-young-people-gone/

Throughout my short time and experience with beekeeping I have been to my share of beekeeping meetings, attended a few talks and conferences, and met many a beekeeper. In each of these different settings the crowd is generally the same, filled with older adults, and rarely is a younger adult or teenager present. Unless I…

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White-Eyed Drones

https://beeinformed.org/2012/04/26/3939/

One of the best things about working at the Bee Research Lab in Beltsville is that rarely a day goes by when I don’t get to experience or learn a new fact about beekeeping. I am quickly realizing that although it seems like things in beekeeping are ‘cut and dried’ there are many exceptions to,…

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Häagen-Dazs Loves Honey Bees

https://beeinformed.org/2012/03/19/3651/

With the emergence of CCD in late 2006 the pollinator once taken for granted and often overlooked became the center of attention. The media interest that this on-going crisis generated helped attract the concern of many popular companies from food products to cosmetic companies to clothing manufacturers.  Numerous businesses have made honey bees a priority,…

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The Cost of Freedom

Rob and I tore this hive apart today to have a look at what was going on inside. If you listen closely you may be able to catch parts of our conversation. The video tells the story of these bees and its struggle to survive…It can be viewed at the link below:

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The Promised Land 2: the airing

This week on National Public Radio, the Public Media program The Promised Land broadcasted the story on Marla I wrote about previously. It is a pretty good listen. Marla talks about how she got into bees, propolis, the Bee Squad for small time beekeepers, about the Bee Tech-Team we do, among other things. One of…

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Honey without Pollen

https://beeinformed.org/2011/11/14/honey-without-pollen/

There has been an article circulating the bee world that I find really interesting and a bit disturbing. It is about how much of the honey purchased in stores lacks pollen. What happens is during the filtration stage of honey extraction, the company uses a really fine filter to remove anything that isn’t honey, so…

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Hive tool to the rescue

https://beeinformed.org/2011/11/03/hive-tool-to-the-rescue/

Cooking is a hobby I really enjoy. I am not terribly good at it, but I like to practice. Farmer’s Markets are my favorite place to shop since you can get fresh produce and chat with some of the people who put it on your table. I purchased some kale the other weekend and decided…

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How to Make a Bee Beard

Having about 10,000 bees on your face is one of the best ways to demonstrate how calm and fun bees can be. I have done a few bee beards for demonstrations at fairs and the most common question I get asked is how the bee beard works. I will give a walk through of how…

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