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Read and Research, The Winter Beekeeper

Paul Kline Our beekeeping journey began with a flash, a clap of thunder – and a bolt of lightning hitting my son, Sebastian, in the chest. The shock stopped his heart and scrambled his neurocircuitry. His physical and cognitive rehabilitation included small carpentry projects and gardening, which in turn led him to a fascination with…

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Strategic Planning for Apiary Location

Reprinted from Kelley Beekeeping Newsletter, Jan 2015 Phill Remick Beginning beekeepers have so many concerns occupying their bee-fuddled minds! First and foremost is deciding exactly where to place the apiary. Here is a basic strategy for planning this crucial endeavor. Are there other colonies in the area? Take a spin to see if you can…

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Research Ties Honeybee Health to Healthy Soils

Research Ties Honeybee Health to Healthy Soils Paul Stamets has spent his lifetime studying mushrooms and other fungi. His recent observation has connected soil fungi mycelia with honeybee health. Although this video is a little long; follow the trail of observations and clues that ends with his fascinating conclusion and some still open questions. I…

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Small Hive Beetle Alert

By Jessie Brown and Ryan Hiles Dr. Carol Sutherland, the State Entomologist for New Mexico Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first incidence of small hive beetle (SHB) in New Mexico. A beekeeper near Roswell had Dr. Sutherland confirm the presence of SHB in one of his hives. Upon consultation with the New Mexico Beekeepers…

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Fall Planting for Bees and Other Pollinators

We sometimes fail to recognize that nature plays a longer game with native plants than is our habit of thinking. It’s time now to prepare for next year’s fall wildflowers to provide bees and other pollinators with an extra boost of nutrition going into the winter of 2015-2016 and beyond. We have an opportunity to…

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CoCoRaHS, or How to Improve Weather Information

As beekeepers in New Mexico weather is tremendously important to our endeavors. Wind can keep us out of our hives or blow a queen to the next county when she’s on her mating flight. Temperature can kill our over-wintering hives if we’re not careful; determines when we open our hives in spring and winterize in…

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Charm School for Beekeepers

Monthly workshops offered in Taos: CHARM SCHOOL FOR BEEKEEPERS @ Tierra Drala Farm*  El Prado- Taos. Topics will include discussion & field practicum on horizontal & vertical hive designs. Taught by Melanie Kirby & Mark Spitzig of Zia Queenbees   July 12, 2014 The Rhythm & Beat of the Hive: Queens, Drones & their Core Importance…

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Winter

This can bee a hard time for a beekeeper. We watch as sometimes our strongest hives die, and weak ones survive and there is nothing we can do to change the whims of mother nature. Just remember how it was in late summer when the garden was going crazy, bees where buzzing, and honey was flowing. Pray for…

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