Why go foundationless?

Photo credit for the above photo goes to Valerie Wright! Thanks for sharing this with us! Over the past 5 years, we have switched our operation to foundationless beekeeping. This decision came gradually, but matches our natural beekeeping philosophies. This post will talk about our deciding factors. Work by Michael Bush has influenced our decision […]

Bee Cell Size

We love it when our customers ask awesome, thoughtful questions! Here is a Question from Dave in Pocatello, ID. He said, “I am looking for a package of bees to start my first hive.  I’m really interested in treatment-free and am planning to use top-bar hives.  I just read the explanation on your feral queen project.  […]

Propolis on the Hive Entrance

  We don’t typically use entrance reducers on our hives in winter. Here’s what bees from one hive did to the entrance. This colony was wintering in a 5-frame nuc box. Bees sealed the entrances with propolis, leaving only a small entrance hole, the size they wanted. We like to encourage bees to use lots of propolis, […]

How to make beeswax lip balm

I love beeswax lip balm! For me, the following recipe is the perfect texture, and I love how it lingers and moisturizes long after applying. It’s soft, but not too soft. It’s not too oily, either. It’s just right. I use it on my cracked, winter hands and Stan used it today to lubricate a jig […]

Queens from MPCAP Program

Our queen and package supplier is part of the Managed Pollinator CAP program, which tests for hygienic bee behavior. We are excited to be part of the bee decline solution by supporting these producers. They test breeder queens for the recessive genetic trait, hygienic bee behavior. Hygienic behavior is when workers bees sense a missing […]

The case for a ‘local first’ mentality

The case for a ‘local first’ mentality. The article below was copied and pasted from KSL.com. Here is the URL link. http://www.ksl.com/?sid=21721728. Who needs more reasons to buy local? I guess we all do. This article talks about purchasing at a local store 1 out of 10 shopping trips. If you are considering buying bees, […]

What’s happening to our honey bees?

This article is from my days working for USU Extension. Thought it was appropriate to share here.   What’s happening to our honey bees?  By Alicia Moulton  Honey bees are on the decline throughout the world.  Here’s why.   Honey bee Colony Collapse Disorder is a complex matter with many contributing factors that have compounded over […]

Why we use deep boxes exclusively

We only use and sell deep boxes. This is a management preference. All beekeepers do things a bit differently and this is our favorite way. We think our way is more efficient because we don’t have to store several sizes of boxes and frames. (And we’ve had 25 years plus 4 generations of experimentation. Trust […]

What should I focus on as a beginning beekeeper?

Honeybee on parsnip flowers With an overwhelming amount of beekeeping information out there, what should I focus on during my first year of beekeeping? The first year of beekeeping needs to be spent on the “basics” of bee management. After you have a bit of experience, you can start experimenting with different management practices, queen […]

Recommended Beekeeping Manual

I recently came across a new (to me) beekeeping manual put out by the University of Minnesota Extension Bee Lab. I am a long time admirer of Dr. Marla Spivak and her work on hygienic bees. I was delighted to find a beginning beekeeping manual put out by her lab and associates, Dr. Basil Furgala, […]