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Propolis is bee medicine.

Propolis is bee medicine.

 Why take a trip to the regular pharmacy when you can visit the hive pharmacy? No clean medicine cabinet is complete without bee propolis, nature's all-purpose soother.             Propolis is a sticky, antioxidant rich substance with 300+ beneficial compounds. Made from plant and tree resins, bees use it to line their hive walls. There, it acts as an unstoppable barrier against foreign invaders and germs. That's why we like to call it 'the hive immune system'.   If you’re a fan of our Propolis Toner you’re probably already aware of how amazing propolis is at soothing a scratchy throat and supporting immune health. (We don't leave home without it these days.) But did you know you can use propolis in...

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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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