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Moving hives can be stressful on the bees, so do it carefully
Backyard beekeeping is a fun hobby for people who want to produce their own honey and have a handy supply of pollinators. The insects can be kept almost anywhere, but there may be instances when you...
Beekeeper Val Jorgensen runs an organic herb, flower, and vegetable farm in Westerville, Ohio. “Our farm is very diversified, which gives the bees multiple crops to pollinate,” Val says. She tends an...
Jacob Shuman has overcome struggles to become the recipient of a national 4-H leadership award
Jacob Shuman had trouble learning and struggled in elementary school, especially with math. It was discovered that his birth mother drank during pregnancy, and he has fetal alcohol syndrome. His mom...
Through genetics and science, we’re breeding a stronger bee
Backyard beekeeping is a popular hobby, and people who breed honeybees are working hard to ensure you’ll have successful hives for years to come. Jim Tew is the state beekeeping specialist...
Backyard beekeeping can be a “honey” of a hobby
People get into beekeeping for a variety of reasons. Maybe they want the honey, need the bees for pollinating a fruit crop, or just to help increase the declining honeybee population. It’s wise...
Next year’s honey crop is highly dependent on the care you give your hives in the fall
As the weather becomes cooler, there’s a lot of buzzing-about around the beehives. Bees are still collecting pollen, nectar, and water. The queen is reducing hive numbers by kicking out the...
Learn about honey bees at Wild Creek Bee Farm and the issues that are creating a "buzz."
These tiny parasites attack honeybees and can destroy entire colonies
The varroa mite is a very serious pest of honeybees, destroying colonies worldwide. All hives have varroa mites, it’s just a matter of how many -- because if left to get out of control, they...
Honey bees that are acting strange may be infected by this tiny pest
A tiny fly native to North America has been known to parasitize native bumblebees and wasps. But just in the last few years, it’s been discovered attacking non-native honeybees. John...
Matt Reed found his calling thanks to one little bee that flew into his kitchen
One day in 2008, a honeybee flew into Matt and Jill Reed’s kitchen in Portland, Oregon. Matt fed it some honey, took it to the front porch, and let it go. Later on, Jill noticed dozens of bees...