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Re-queening.

Re-queening.

Every spring beekeepers have to take stock of their bee hives. Which ones are strong and which ones are weak. The strong have amazing build up of population, because the queen is laying like crazy, and the weak have a queen that is really just walking around the combs not doing anything! So that's where re-queening comes in. You have to remove the queen who is not doing anything and introduce a new one.  This sounds easy, but does not always go the way you think it should!  Yesterday, I opened a few queen cages that had been in their new hives and most f them just walked out and were accepted by the hive. But one decided this was...

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What is essential?

What is essential?

I love this statement. I first came across it in Antoine de Sainte-Exupery's book The Little Prince as a child, I knew it was important, but not how important for a life well lived. I think we are all trying hard to look at our lives in this really difficult time. What matters the most to each of us, and how we will spend our time going forward. Sainte-E said what is essential is invisible to the naked eye. Love. Food. Home. Friends. I'm sure you can add to this list... what is important to you? Buzz on and bee safe.    

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Hive Rules.

Hive Rules.

As we practice social distancing, it may be comforting to think about the social behavior of honey bees. They cooperate as a society: forming a hive together, sharing food, and caring for the offspring of the queen.  They have a complex division of labor system, so every bee has its own responsibility to keep the hive running smoothly. To thrive, they rely on communication, usually by pheromones (smells) and dancing.   Let's follow hive rules and work together. 

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Spring time of contrasts.

Spring time of contrasts.

Spring time for the bees is a time to expand their population and leave the hive to gather pollen.  A joyful time. When the birds start singing and the bees are buzzing around. This year for us it is a time to stay home and bee safe. What a contrast.   Taos Bee is busy filling orders from our ever lovely customers and digging growing beds to plant more flowers for the bees and veggies for me and my neighbors to share. Taos Bees will help to pollinate not only our orchard but all the surrounding orchards and fields too. 

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Trust

Trust

A long time ago, I lost my trust in the products that were intended to help my skin  stay healthy. I’ve had so many experiences where I’ve put my fate in the hands of some company that, I needed to be able to rely on. And time after time, I was let down. If this has happened to you, you know there’s nothing more frustrating and costly. Skin care have become synonymous with unreliability and distrust. Conventional products hide junk ingredients that can make your skin feel and look worse. And you’ve probably been misled by enough poorly formulated natural products to look at the pretty packaging and ask yourself, “but does it really work?” That’s why it’s time for...

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