December 21, 2015

“There” I said, “That’s about all we can do.” I corralled the last remaining honeybee onto the sheet of paper from the rooftop in which we stood, and gently shook it over the hive. A client of mine and I had just spent the last 15 minutes combining two nucs into one hi...

December 2, 2015

It seems as though winter is finally establishing itself throughout the Chicago area. Last Saturday I was on my way to the Cook-Dupage Beekeepers monthly meeting, and had struggled my way almost to Harlem on 290. Then I received a call from my business partner Thad Smi...

September 18, 2015

Imagine a Venn Diagram with one circle containing the word “Farmer”, the other “Crazy”. The overlapping middle section would be “Beekeeper”. I feel that this is a fairly accurate representation of my occupation. It also makes me realize that, yes, indeed I am a farmer,...

June 25, 2015

As a beekeeper, I am asked many of the same questions regularly, “So are you suffering from Colony Collapse?” “What’s happening to the bees?” “Are they going to make it?” I would say that these are up there with the fan favorite, “How many times do you get stung?”...

June 9, 2015

It’s hot. For the first time all year it is finally, seasonably appropriate. The propolis on my fingers and hands has stained them yellow-brown and as I lift the frame to inspect the colony’s progress, I am impressed by its weight. Lost momentarily by the productivity...

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