Biodynamic Beekeeping Workshop 2017

BELLO UCCELLO HONEY BEE SANCTUARY is holding a gathering of interested  people in learning and experiencing the World of the Honey Bee from a Biodynamic-Natural Beekeeping perspective.  For two days, in this workshop,  we  will explore the world of the honey bee and the hive and the Bees are your Teachers and we are your guides.  This is an intense two days of learning in the classroom and experiencing hands-on the hive and the bees.  The class fills quickly and so let us know your interest as soon as you can.

DETAILS

June 10th and 11th, 2017               Plympton Nova Scotia

Price:  $265.00 for 2 days and all organic coffee breaks with snacks

For further details email:   bello.bees@gmail.com

 

 

HOW TO OF Wrapping a Hive for Winter

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This hive is  ready and waiting to be wrapped. Notice the entrance reducer is at it’s smallest size and the landing board has been removed.It is December 3rd and the weather is cold enough now.

Order of  the Hive-Being’s Architectural Structure :

Hive Stand 10″ high, Screened Bottom  Board, Slotted Bottom Board , Supers 1,2,3, , Drone cafe (modified inner cover) and finally the roof. Wrapping here in Nova Scotia happens normally  in the first week of December. It is always best to wait till the bees form into a cluster and the outside temperature hovers close to the 0 degree mark.

 

 

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The first thing to do is to put a small finishing nail in the center  of the entrance as a mouse guard. This was done already in late October while the bees are still flying  since we do not wish to lock in a mouse  accidentally into the hive. As long as the bees are still flying, any rodent that thinks this location would be a good one for the winter,  will be quickly driven out .

 

 

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Drone Cafe has been filled with organic straw, preferably with Biodynamic rye straw, otherwise get either rye or any other straw from an organic source to avoid any “treated version”. The rye straw has qualities that are beneficial for the interior environment of the Hive Being. The straw will wick away also all excess moisture.

 

 

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Next the actual wrapping of the hive . I use roofing felt and wrap the hive once around all sides. The black felt with absorb the sun on the South side.  It also is moisture proof.

 

 

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Use staples all around to make sure no gaps are left, since the bees are always naturally inclined to investigate everything around their hive and by doing so they cannot  get stuck in cracks. Also, as soon as you have completed this step then immediately  cut out the bottom and upper entrances .

 

 

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As you have cut them out staple again all around so no cracks remain. (As you can see the wrapping gets recycled over several years.)

 

 

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This is the outer wrapping that goes on 3 sides of the hive, leaving the south side exposed to the sun so that the heat can be transferred  into the hive. This wrapping is 1′ thick and is the equivalent of a 5′ thick wooden structure. I have in the past tried many other versions of wrapping but this is the final one for now that seems to do all what I want for the hive .  It shields the hive from  the wind and gives an insulation which keeps the cold away,while   still  allowing some sun to get to the hive on the South side which is not covered with the green guard.  This also assures me that  I have not created a box that seals everything in  possibly creating a tomb of condensation for the bees  or an ice box if the South side was not left with just the black tar paper to absorb the sun to heat the hive..

 

 

 

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Just a picture of the back side of the wrapping showing it” hinged together” with tape.

 

 

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The entire green guard shield is held  tight to the hive  by one ratched  strap

 

 

 

 

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Finally because of where I live the whole hive structure is strapped one more time from top to bottom, creating a xmas package look to the hive.   The strap and the stones create extra weight on the roof. This assures the survival of the hive Being should the hive structure be blown over in a big storm. This way the hive will not break apart should it fall and therefore most likely will survive. And believe me I had to learn this the hard way.

 

 

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Samples of entrance protection  covers that will keep out direct wind intrusion

 

 

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Same as above

 

 

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Porches attached

 

 

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And don’t forget to open the upper entrance when you are all finished. Don’t keep your nose too close though  because by now the bees will be ready to investigate the outside as soon as you open it because of all the noise you have created while you were wrapping.

Biodynamic Winterizing of the Hives- notes

All actions taken around a hive should be considered for the good health and overall Vitality of the colony.   Whether you  start  your bee-journey with a “nucleus Colony” (we are not the only society of Beings which go forth as Colonists to a New World:-} } or an established Hive Being; at the end of the season they should be left with ample stores of honey and pollen .  This one decision of treating the Hive with an Abundance of properly located food stores within the Hive is an Important one.  The Hive Being should  also have a big enough population of bees and brood to form a critical life force to survive the winter months. In the Autumn the inspection of the hive should have ensured that the parasite infestation such as  varroah mites is  at a low enough level that the Hive Being can  survive a possible harsh and prolonged winter, such as it can be here In Nova Scotia on St. Mary’s Bay .  Biodynamic beekeeping requires that proactive Observation and possible life-enhancing-treatments for such imbalances within the hive are dealt with regularly as the situation dictates.  Bombarding a hive in the Autumn with fumigation of oxalic or formic acid, or with toxic chemicals is Not what we do here at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary.

So in a funny way it is not the action of wrapping a hive in the beginning of December, that assures the survival of the Bee-Being but rather all decisions and subsequent actions taken during the active part of the whole season .

Let us assume that your colony at the beginning of September is at a stage where you either reduced it to no more than 3 large hive bodies or you are still waiting for some autumn honey flow to finish some frames in a 4th super that will be taken off shortly.
In our sanctuary, where the older Bee Beings expand to the 5th and sometimes to the 6th large super, this can happen easily and frequently I will leave some frames in the 4th super to be finished off on top of the 3 main boxes, that the bees will go into the winter with. Usually not a full super but rather a few frames with spacer frames to fill the 4th super temporarily.

Having just made this statement, I will have taken action long before the beginning of September, complementing the hives  in their own rhythms and helping them to be centered in the hive boxes. Naturally, consideration is given to the location of   their brood nest and their winter stores. All of this assures  that their access to honey and pollen is guarantied so we can  avoid  the totally preventable loss of a colony . Many a Hive Being has   starved needlessly  to death despite  honey and pollen being stored in the combs due to this lack of attention to the above described order and placement of stores .  No one can predict what the Winter and Spring weather will be……..”an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” .

This loss of a Hive Being ,due to lack of proper location of food and brood , can happen when a cold spell occurs in mid -winter.   The bees cannot brake their cluster to get to the honey that is just below or 2 frames over from their current position in the hive.
So  what  do we do  in our sanctuary? Naturally action is  depending upon every Bee Beings personality, as some will need more help than others and some of our colonies do not need any help at all because of how they have organized their own body for the winter. These Bee Beings have genetically gained back their “memory of Beingness”  and found their Freedom.  Each Human Being is also trying to Remember our full Blueprint of Being a Free Human Being.

Since we do Not use Queen excluders, sometimes the brood nest can be through several hive boxes like a chimney and at other times the queen can get “stuck” let’s say in the 4th and 5th box while the bees have filled honey below their current nest position.
So by mid August I usually “reorganize” the hive bodies if necessary. The reason for choosing to do this during August is simply because of the warmer outside temperature that will minimize the stress for the Bee Being, rather than waiting  one month later when this activity could be much more dramatic for the hive,  depending on the weather patterns .

Whenever this work is done the main honey- flow- surplus honey has been taken off already and the supers reduced, which will make this much faster for each hive.
Since you will  have done this work not very long ago and you would have written down all details observed  in your notes for every hive ; you will have a somewhat realistic picture of what you can expect to see before you open a hive.  This  is a very good practice because you can form mentally a strategy how to go about doing this “reorganizing” if necessary and be prepared with supplies to do so..

STEPS FOR PREPARING FOR  WINTER:

1. As you go through the hive remove all empty frames and all partially started frames.

2. Locate the main brood nest and put it as the first super back on the hive stand. The brood nest should be 5 to 6 frames in the center with the rest of the frames filled with honey and pollen capped on either side to make up the 10 frames.

3. The second super to go on next should contain all the remaining brood again centered with say 3 frames capped or partially capped honey on the sides.( If your hive is rather small or a young hive this second box should fill up to about 8 capped  of honey and the rest of the brood all down below)

4. In our sanctuary all Hive Beings go into the winter with 3 hive boxes whereby the last box is full with honey only capped or partially capped at this point, but will be capped a couple weeks later. With this arrangement I never have to think about feeding, even if the winter last till the end of April beginning of May. (Sometimes later swarms will be only 2 boxes high going into the winter but will have plenty of food.)
5.Depending on where you live, you may have a good autumn honey flow and in such a case once your main three boxes are well organized and almost ready for the winter, you could still have a 4th super on with frames that are partially full or full ones that need to be capped yet. (But be careful and be aware of the tendency of your individual Hive Beings, especially the ones that tend to make more brood than honey, in such a case I would not give them more space above the 3rd but rather have them fill the empty brood cells with honey to boost their food reserves.)

6.Should you be a new keeper of  bees and you are still not quite sure how to organize a hive down to a maximum of 3 large hive boxes, resist the notion of leaving more food  above the 3rd super. The problem with this is not the extra food  but rather the extra space created, which will make it more difficult for the hive being to maintain  proper temperature . Heat rises up and in this case to far away from the brood nest. Get another keeper of bees with more experience to help you in such a case.

DEMETER BIODYNAMIC CERTIFICATION

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Winter white, the bee hives wrapped up like christmas packages
and a quietness once again falls onto the honey bee sanctuary.
It is indeed winter here in Nova Scotia and the bee hives are all, one more time,
forming their rotating cosmic globe inside of their hive and enjoying the radiance of the their Queen’s light.

This week is a celebration, because Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary once again received for the third year in a row, its Biodynamic Certification from Demeter. This is one of the highest standard- of- food certifications in the world- its a big deal. Biodynamic farming and food has ethical, ecological and spiritual considerations given to every step in what is happening to produce  this healthy food. Our Honey Bee Sanctuary met all of the criteria of Demeter for certification long before we knew what those criteria were, so it was delightful to us when we applied and got our certification the first year, without having to wait the usual three years. This is because when you mindfully bring heartfelt and responsible Intention  to learning and interacting with any Life Beings of this earth, we believe Human Beings know inside of themselves the respectful and right thing to do. There was a time when we did not need certification labels because we were not yet severed from
the land and nature; but this is not the case today. Slowly all of us are learning to make Life Enhancing Choices for ourselves and our families and in so doing we are actively participating in helping to create new Spaces for more ethical and loving
solutions to manifest such as CSAs, biodynamic farms, biodynamic beekeeping,self-sustainable life styles, etc. It is this synergy of your Goodwill and the people ready to create new respectful and loving relationships with mankind and the earth that is indeed the Dance now happening everywhere on this earth. Thank you from the bees and us for your support in the infinite ways that your goodwill manifests.
The reason we go through this process of assessment every year by Demeter and pay the cost to do so, is because we want people to become aware of biodynamic beekeeping and what that really means. This is not “new” ; the principles involved go back thousands of
years, and like much happening these days, it is more a question of Remembering what we have forgotten. People read our label and ask “what does Demeter certified”mean or what is “biodynamic farming” and so the dialogues and the awareness grows with each conversation. With awareness comes empowerment to people to know they have choices , large and small, for entering into Life Respecting scenarios. Enough of those kind of choices by us all and we will wake up one day to a New Earth;—- one where Beauty and Love is the foundation of our daily Intentions.

One of the ways to help our friends, neighbours and customers become more aware of
the Ethical and Ecological and Spiritual issues involved in the provision of the food they eat was for us to have biodynamic certification through Demeter and to give workshops on Natural Beekeeping Based on Biodynamic Principles. As far as beekeeping goes, seeing this Demeter approval, definitely says the opposite of the “industrial – model honey bee factory” commodification-approach to keeping bees . If you wish to research more about Demeter Certification for Biodynamic Beekeeping please go to http://www.demetercanada.ca

 

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HOW TO DEAL WITH A BEE STING

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beautiful frame of honey from sanctuary hive weighing 12 lbs

 

This summer has been a very busy and beautiful season at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary. The hives are still in a rhythm of expansion of their brood cycle and honey production  and therefore quite high and a new two super hive has 9 full frames of brood waiting to emerge into thousands and thousands of baby bees! In September
this is very unusual. The good news is that there is an abundance of nectar and pollen for the bees and so they will thrive. We notice that the goldenrod
is painting the fields and roadsides with its brilliant golden yellow presence and this food is a honey-bee-favourite.  The visitors to the sanctuary have been interesting and their comments and observations are always welcome. One visitor laid out on the grass her healing meditation Tibetan bowls and invited the music beings of the spheres to come and bee with the hives and the honey bees. How beautiful this special blessing was
to the Sanctuary and to the earth. She later reported that a jar of the bees honey is now in her healing room because of its high frequency for healing.

Labour Day Weekend we had six children and three adults come to visit the bees. What fun! In ten years of keeping the bees Klaus has been
stung many times but I have not been stung once……but all of that changed that day. We have wondered over the years that perhaps I might be allergic to bee stings because even a black fly bite causes quite a reaction in my body. At the time of this “event” Klaus and a friend were blissfully opening a hive with 80,000 bees flying around them as they were doing an inspection .. Some guard bees were flying the circumference of the Sanctuary and the children were doing ok but the adults were definitely being singled out to buzz off so-to-speak.. This behaviour is usual this time of the year and sometimes the bees even land on me and then fly away.

. But this day I had my long hair clipped up in the back and the bee got caught inside the web of hundreds of blonde strands and instead of seeking her escape in an outwards direction she went deeper into the hair . Good heavens, first she was just humming, but once she got herself trapped the song became more an angry sound of fear. Please picture that six little children were all looking on with big eyes and considering the
whole purpose of the visit was to show the loving nature of the honey bees and no reason to fear; I was very aware that going crazy would be
totally unloving and irresponsible on my part and so I tried to keep my cool. Meantime the inevitable piercing with a bee stinger was becoming more and more
immanent. I continued to try and open up my hair to let the bee out but this only pushed her about and when I heard her last warning sound I knew I was about to be stung in the middle of the back of my head! Strangely enough the sting was
not painful, but the question became what to do to help myself. Now if this was someone else who had been stung, we would have confidently
started to apply all that we know about helping people with a bee sting. We have homeopathic apis mellifera  medicine, creepy chemical antihistamine liquid
(which in a recent study relates such medicines to causing dementia) and for the worst case scenarios, we have an epi pen on the ready at all times. We also
have Young Living essential oils like lavender to help with the swelling and itching and we are well practiced in doing tapping which is very helpful for someone with a sting. What did I do—-called for Klaus who could not hear a thing; – opened my purse and poured many drops of lavender essential oil on the sting area, which was probably forty-thousand lavender flowers in concentrate, and drank two capfuls of that horrible chemical histamine. Luckily the swelling was not too bad and there was no pain.
Twenty minutes later we all were at the Gilbert’s Cove Lighthouse eating large homemade molasses ginger cookies and the children were dipping feet into the
salty water.

I did not think of tapping until late that day and ice also seemed to be something which dawned on me only several hours later.
So as a result of this little drama I have studied up on what happens to the body when you get a bee sting. This description is brief and very helpful. Our
friend shared this with us shortly after the “event” and it was lucky that she actually was reading the book ” Robbing the Bees” by Holley Bishop where this information was found. (This book has some interesting info about the bees which the person researched; however her buying into the GMO agenda as something life enhancing shows the obvious lack of consciousness )

“The stinging mechanism takes thirty to sixty seconds to unload ….poison. Up to half the dose is comprised of a toxic protein called melittin, which bursts blood vessels and damages tissue. Melittin’s purpose is, quite simply, to hurt. A hit of it also encourages the body to release histamines, which defend against the venom and in the process produce itching, redness and dramatic swelling. …As the melittin and histamines go to work, the flesh around the wound warms and rises to the painful burning welt …….
accompanied by aches and feverish chills as the body attempts to cope with the toxins and histamines. .
A mischievous team of enzymes called phospholipase A2 and hyaluronidase act as a sidekick to the melittin, aiding its painful rampage. They have an emollient effect, like water on a dry sponge, on the acids that hold tissues together, allowing the toxins greater, freer and more painful spread into the flesh. Bee venom also deliverers….dopamine and norephinephrine, neurotransmitters that accentuate fear and excitement and make the sting unforgettable. The final elegant efficiency of the sting is the alarm pheromones it releases. ” (Pages l44, l45 ‘Robbing the Bees’ by Bishop). We have much more detailed descriptions of the biological reactions of the body to bee stings but this one is closest to my experience of a bee sting.

The next thing I have done is to make a list to be kept in the Bumble Bee trailer by the sanctuary, and in each vehicle, so the combination of shock and
clear thinking do not have to play a major role in dealing with the sting, should I ever get one again.

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR HONEY BEE STING

1. TRY TO REMOVE THE STINGER IMMEDIATELY. This you do by scrapping the skin where the stinger is lodged sideways. You can push the stinger out this way.. There is a small suction pen you can purchase which helps to remove the stinger and some of the venom. Warning: if you pull the stinger out you will push the rest of
the venom in the stinger into your body. Not a good idea.

2. CHECK TO SEE IF BREATHING IS OK AND NO SWELLING IN THE THROAT AREA. If breathing is difficult and/or the throat feels swollen or difficulty in swallowing,
one is to use the epi pen at once and take some antihistamine  and proceed immediately to outpatients at the nearest hospital.

3. DO TAPPING PROCEDURE IMMEDIATELY. This is a Bodytalk procedure and we use it for many applications for health and happiness of the body. It is very effective and here is a video to show you how to do this:

The Cortices tapping technic is explained by the founder of Bodytalk, Dr. John Veltheim.

http://www.bodytalksystem.com/learn/access/cortices.cfm
When you get stung by a bee, do this technic three times: First as described, then you focus on the sting and do the procedure again, afterwards you do the technic for a third time not focusing on the sting.

3. ICE . Monitor your body’s reaction to the sting and place ice or a frozen bag of peas on the stung area. Leave for 5 minutes and then remove. You can do this
every hour or so to help lower the swelling.

4. USE  ORGANIC 100% THERAPEUTIC ESSENTIAL OILS and apply topically to the sting-area. Lavender is excellent and Tea Tree and Peppermint. Use only a drop with each
application. My swelling was held to a minimum and there was no pain. The soreness lasted for two days but only when I put pressure on the area. I used the lavender only once and it worked that well.

(If you want edible therapeutic essential oils from Young Living at wholesale cost, contact us and we can open an account for you or sell directly to you the oils you wish to have.  These are the essences which we use for the honey bees and what is good for the bee is good for me).

5. ANTIHISTAMINES will help prevent itching and the histamines from causing painful swelling. Naturally you need to recognize that you are introducing
another form of “chemistry” into your body which has consequences as much as the venom does but in other ways. I also chewed some Plantain growing
in the grass and put it on the sting and it did relieve the itching .

6.DRINK WATER to help the body flush out unwanted substances. Relax and apply lavender the next day if itching is still happening.

(this is not Medical Advice but rather practical advice for home first aid. This list is from our own experiences, where Klaus was a trained paramedic
in Austria and opinions from books we have read. It is not medical advice for there are many people with many special conditions where only their doctors can give advice for a sting)

The conclusion to this little drama at the sanctuary is that I was very lucky to have received the sting. After having some dental work I went to the osteopath
to make sure everything was aligned in the jaw and my subtle body movements were moving and not frozen in place. Sometimes one has to go a second time
and I felt my ears and jaw not quite right after a month after the treatment and was planning to go again. However I noticed within two hours of the sting that the
jaw was loose and aligned and the ears were just fine. My body was balanced and flowing as is natural with a healthy body. So Thank You to the Bee for helping me
and who had to die  after stinging me. In the rejoining of the Biosphere and the Human Being the relationships revealed are deep and symbiotic
and always their great mystery brings Love and inspirations of great Joy to my Beingness. The honey bee and the hive are always consistent
in one thing ——they hold and reveal the great Genesis Blueprint of Life for humanity until we can Remember fully the Beauty of Creation and ourselves.

Also I must close  with a note of grateful relief that I found out I was not allergic to bee stings!

 

Screened Bottom Board TRANSFORMED

Early in the morning Klaus and our one and half year old granddaughter go and visit the bees to see if all is well.  It was quite surprising when her mum and I came back from our walk and she was singing her own original tune–  Bees, Bees, Buzz , Bees, Bees, Buzz”!  Children are so connected to nature that it makes one think how many ways can we help them experience this important connection; especially when there is a concerted effort to have children sitting in a classroom as early an age  as possible to “learn the system” they are to perform under. The expansion of our children’s destinies into creating a new earth that they are so capable of dreaming of from within their Beings, is solidly connected to that happening with the biosphere and all the beings that share this Space.   Thank goodness there are many parents taking back the  sharing of the great adventure of Life  through homeschooling, Forest Schools, Nature and Science Schools, Waldorf Schools and many other wonderful approaches which keep our families and their children connected to this beautiful Earth and their Heart Centers. It is with this thought we all can relax a bit and know that there is a future of joy and peace possible ……..with bees enhancing our landscapes and babies bringing the stars and sun to shine upon that landscape.

BIODYNAMIC NATURAL BEEKEEPING DESIGN FOR SCREENED BOTTOM BOARD

As we have mentioned in several blogs about the ley lines which the bees are so connected with, we have made adjustments of the location of the hive boxes to the intersection of ley lines so the bees can enjoy the great Life Forces which the earth provides on such locations.  The next step was to get rid of the “metal” in the screened bottom boards. There were two reasons to do this; one because Demeter certification requires “NO’ metal in the hives and the most important reason, the metal screening on the bottom boards block the energetic forces which the bees would benefit from the earth.  So after trying out several very  strange and unsuccessful materials to make the bottom board screens, we have come up with this version which works well and which the bees accepted.  Since the bees have now given their approval and are happy with this design, we wish to share it with you also.  Our inspiration for this design came from the English beekeeper who wrote the book on Bees and Ley Lines (previous blog).

 

Modified Screened Bottom Board (MSBB)

Pine boards 7/8 thick by 15 1/2” by 20″glued together and marked for the slots to be cut, with the side rails showing

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Measurements for slots from right to left with the back end of the MSBB showing

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Measurements for the rails all cut to a depth of 3/8″, whereby 3/4″ represents the top and

the width between the two measurments of 3/8″ and 1/4* is according to the thickness of the material you are going to use for the drawer.

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Slots cut

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Slots routed so that the slots form a funnel shape to catch more of the falling mites

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Side rails glued, back filled in with a 3/4″x3/4″ piece of pine and drawer fitted with recycled plywood and  a scrap piece of wood for a landing platform

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MSBB side by side with the drawer assembly

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MSBB up side down with the drawer assembly installed

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OBSERVATION OF A HIVE FROM A BIODYNAMIC KEEPER OF BEES PERSPECTIVE

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Community Involvement in Catching a Swarm

 

The bees are now living in five story high-rises and the honey season is in full flower! Several nucs are sitting in the sanctuary and all  of them have a mated Queen who is laying eggs now. The noble pear tree in the Sanctuary has hosted three swarms so far this week and Klaus is being kept busy attending to these new manifestations of life – day and night:-} The swarms which come from our bees are easily recognizable due to their
regressed size. After a swarm, it is advisable to check the hives where you have seen Queen cells and this will tell you if they have come from your hives. OBSERVATION – above all the skills which we need to develop as keepers of bees, learning to Observe the nature and rhythms of the Hive and the life cycle of the honey bee is the most important one.
OBSERVATION – RECORD KEEPING

Here at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary each Hive has a name and her nucs usually reflect the “family” name, for example from the Paul Hive we have “Paulette”, “Paulina” etc and this helps us easily recognize the family traits and be more aware of the nature of the hives. We keep written  Records.
Every new keeper of bees will confirm this phenomena – you are all dressed up and ready to go to the hives and when you get there your brain goes into mush  and you look at the hives and become somewhat mesmerized. First we thought this
was from lack of experience but now we know the Frequency of the Hives is high and it actually has an effect on the Human Body. After years of thinking this was just a mistake, or a coincidence, or forgetfulness; we can assure all you keepers of bees who are
approaching the hives as a Guardian of the Honey Bee, you are not loosing your memory or losing some IQ points — no, you
are EXPERIENCING a new SPACE where the left brain is subdued into its serviceship to the right brain and “Dancing with the Hive” rather than “Managing the Hive” becomes a transformative exercise. Be patient with yourself and to help with the situation, draw up a list of things you need to do at the hives and what you need to Observe externally and internally. Check each of these things on your list each time and you will soon find you have trained yourself as a lst class Observer, not just of the bee hive but maybe of life too:-}

Contemplate on the idea that perhaps by approaching the Hive as an Observer who basis his actions on  feelings, intuition,questions  and knowing with the creative right side of the brain and uses the left side of the brain’s organizational skills, as backup,  might actually be an exercise in helping us find the Balance of Life.  Our New Earth, that all people of Good Will  are helping to co-create at this moment  , requires us Human Beings to learn to trust the right creative side of the brain and let the left side of the brain that has been over stimulated in control mantras to the point
it thinks control and domination and a world of losers and winners is normal, will be able to heal. There is a reason that the Pharaoh of Egypt was the Beekeeper, that the Mystery Schools holding ancient teachings of Wisdom used the Bee as their
symbol, that the Knights Templar had the “Queen Bee” symbol (the fleur de lis is the Queen of the Sun upside down} and the reason
is simply put —that Observation of the Hive and the Honey Bee holds the blueprint for all of Creation. So we encourage nature lovers
and keepers of bees to Keep Records of your Observations and take a list to the hives each time to help you remember to take time to Observe.

 

 

TRIPLETS ARRIVE AT THE HONEY BEE SANCTUARY

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Summer is yummy and this year we can say it is truly an amazing year for the honey bees at the sanctuary. Not only did all of the hives survive the mild winter with good health and happiness but they were really ready for the nectar season to begin.
This very strong life force which the biosphere and the cosmos is radiating forth is not only for the honey bees to be strong and healthy but also for Human Beings.

Before our yearly  beekeeping courses began we had three friends of ours join us at the honey bee sanctuary to meet the bees. They are triplets and three years old. You can see the little boy has his hands on his hips and surveying the whole situation —-his questions were real ones and perhaps in a couple of years Klaus will have a small apprentice to help with the bees. Notice the lack of concern about the bees flying around them – they were fearless and totally in the present moment of  the discovery of Life.
The lesson from the Sanctuary this time is from the baby-bee-triplets who are Love Beings too – – – Nature is a safe place —-Bees like children—–Get up close and person about looking at the miracle of nature and Ask lots, and lots and lots of Questions——–experience your inheritance of this sacred earth with inquisitiveness and joy. Celebrate nature and the Song of Summer!
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‘But perhaps the Mystic Honey Doctrine The Principal Upanishads, translated and edited by Swami Nikhilananda (1963)explains it more simply:
“This earth is the honey of all beings and all beings are the honey of this earth.” Mystic Honey Doctrine

“This sun is the honey of all beings and all beings are the honey of this sun.”

BEE POLLEN: unethical food substitute

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Fog is holding the sweet smell of the apple blossoms which hang in full bloom all along the cliffs of the bay. Somehow an etherial Mt Fuji has
presented itself for contemplation at the “head-of-the-tide”. Trees have dressed themselves completely in variations of green and the bees have already discovered the hanging flowers of the maple trees. This is early summer at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary.

Last winter was very mild and the bees came out of the hives in March in great numbers. Every hive had a healthy life force with no signs of disease. It is such a wonderful feeling to see them emerge from their hive and go straight to work gathering the
pollen which is so essential for their new brood and expansion of the hive. We did give them extra insulation to the North for the winter months, but we believe the positioning of every hive body on the intersection of ley lines was one of the most helpful ingredients in helping the bees survive the winter months. Naturally
leaving 150 lbs of honey and pollen per hive, not exposing the bees nor the hive to poisons and chemicals , respecting the rhythmic natural cycles
of the hive in our working with the bees and keeping electric magnetic pollution from the hives as much as possible ,all contribute to
the result of happy bees floating up into the air and coming back with pockets full of multi-colored pollen.

Recently a person, concerned about the honey bees, wrote an email inquiring into the ethics of buying bee pollen. How wonderful that people are becoming more and more aware of ” the big picture ” of food these days and considering the ethical,
ecological and spiritual issues and responsibilities surrounding their involvement in their day to day actions of living life -for example, buying honey or pollen or royal jelly. In a previous article on this blog we wrote about the vegan requirements for ethical
honey. Now we shall address the fact that there is no such thing as “ethical” pollen. And even worse is the taking of “royal jelly”……simply put, it is a crime against nature .

POLLEN

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Pollen are first found in the alders in the early spring and it is a timely protein provision for feeding the baby bees who have been newly birthed in the hive and for feeding all the bees in the hive as they wait for the right warm temperatures to leave it for gathering.. The nectar from the dandelion and other early plants is also gathered and turned into honey by the bees, to provide the hive with carbohydrates.
When the great bounty of blossoms appear in early summer it is known as “high season” for the bees and there is so much pollen and nectar available from all of the blossoming trees and flowers that it is now the bees Expansion of the Hive cycle. The pollens come in varying colours from bright yellows and oranges to greens and whites. The bees return to the hive with back- pouches full of pollen. When you observe a hive you can easily see these pollen on the bees back legs. The bees make Bee Bread from pollen and fermented honey which they feed to the baby bees when they are around four days old. . All bees of the Hive depend upon Pollen and especially the brood.

Pollen is stored for future survival of the hive.

QUESTION: Why can’t a pollen trap be placed in the entrance to the hive to take some of the extra pollen from the bees;, after all we take the “extra” honey?

The pollen is a very important protein food to the bees and without protein the bees will die. There is ethically no acceptable “substitute” for natural pollen gathered by
the bees in nature, no matter what product some company is flogging. GMO soya “pollen” patties, or any other pollen substitute  products offered on the market are Not Pollen. Some of these “products” say they have a small percentage of natural pollen in them, but they are not True 100% natural pollen which the bees need .  No more than most of the food at the supermarket today is  real natural food but rather it is  only “chemically produced edible product” of GMO corn or soya, HFCS and other chemical concoctions; but not truly natural food with great life forces to nurture our children or ourselves. What we do to the bees we do to ourselves.   Unlike the nectar substitute which we can make from stored honey supplies from our own bees and herbals and Young Living organic essences of plants, to help the bees when there is a dirth of nectar from the plants; pollen needs to be solely sourced by the bees directly from nature.

If we have frames with so much pollen in them that the bees need room to store honey and raise brood in that space within the hive, we remove this pollen- laden- frame and freeze it. When food is short for the bees, or a young nucleus colony  or swarm requires instant protein,  the pollen frames go back into those  hives for the bees to be nurtured.

QUESTION: I wish to have pollen for my overall health and so is there any ethical source for pollen?

No and Yes.  There is no ethical source of bee pollen for a “consumer product” which has been gathered with pollen traps at the entrance to the bee hives
and then bottled for sale as a supplement. But organic raw unfiltered Honey has pollen in it, as well as propolis, which is nature’s anti-biotic.
Find someone who is selling RAW, UNFILTERED, BIODYNAMIC,or ORGANIC HONEY and you have an ethical source of pollen in the honey.

Remember that the pollen in the stores has usually  come from  commercial honey-factory-farms which have used many chemicals and poisons  inside and outside the hive and they are found in the wax, honey,pollen  and bodies of the bees. It does not make sense to take such a by-product of that paradigm of chemical farming and consume it for your health.  Illogical.

QUESTION: In places where there is no winter, they can have a continual source of pollen coming all year long. Is it ethical to buy these pollen?

The Hive is not a Commodity Factory, regardless of what practices have evolved due to our momentary evolutionary drop into mechanistic thinking. This lapse in our Higher Consciousness is passing and Human Beings are gaining their Freedom to think with their Hearts , which by the way, has 500 times more electro-magnetic energy than the brain. Just like the Bees have their Bee Space it is up to us all to make the little decisions in our day- to- day life to Create new Spaces  to Dream new dreams about the world we wish to live in.
The majority of Human Beings are bored with “stuff” and with being enslaved, unhappy consumers and the shift to creating new Spaces for a new earth sometimes is as
easy as asking the right questions and choosing to live as harmlessly as possible a creative and happy life. New Spaces for a new earth – lots of
places to look up such discussions on this shift . Everyone’s Heart already knows its own destiny and if you see clearly the issues involved in commodifying a loving and serving-of-humanity -and the- earth living organism, such as the Bee and the Hive, into a Mechanistic Factory for mono-cultured pollination services, trapped pollen supply, honey taken and high fructose corn syrup sugar substitutes given for the bees to eat instead of their honey, propolis removal for bottling
and Queens raised and killed to extract royal jelly, then you can apply what you now See to the paradigm in which you live. Choices –
we change the world to a better place by recognizing we have choices, one Human Being at a time.

 

biodynamic beekeeping course 2016

Spring is definitely here in Nova Scotia and once again we will be offering two Natural Beekeeping Workshops based on Biodynamic Principles on June 11th and 12th or June 14th and June 15th.

ECOLOGICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPIRITUAL CARING FOR HONEY BEES

WORKSHOPS FOR 2016

Bello Uccello Honeybee Sanctuary, a Demeter certified biodynamic honey bee
sanctuary, will be holding it’s ninth Natural Beginners Beekeeping Workshops based on
Biodynamic Principles on

Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th or on Tuesday,
June l4th and Wednesday June l5th, 2016.

The course is two full days and only two courses are held per year with a limited registration of participants. They fill up quickly.
Klaus Langpohl, an experienced, certified biodynamic beekeeper, will be your Guide
as he shares with you, one-on-one, the Amazing Life of the Honey Bee, inside and
outside of the Hive . The Bees and the Hive will be your Teacher. The workshop is
designed to prepare you for your journey to become a Natural Beekeeper based on
biodynamic principles. This is an intensive l5 hours of classroom and outdoor, hands-on
experiences. In a small class setting you will learn about the world of the Queen of the
Sun and you will:
– learn about the science of the bee and the hive and the life cycle of the bee
– discover how to take care of the bees without chemicals,
– gain hands on experiences with the hives,gaining confidence in approaching,
observing and working with the hive throughout the season  and learning about the equipment and assembly of a hive
– practice the art of inspecting the hive and Seeing what to look for as a natural
beekeeper
– learn about the pests and diseases which threaten the bees and natural solutions to
these challenges
– discover the calendar of beekeeping as a biodynamic beekeeper and view the natural
world relationships which influence the honey bee
– meet others in a small class setting who are also environmentally conscious and place
a high value on organic/biodynamic food quality
– learn how to regress the size of the honey cell back to its original mite resistant size
– discover how to locate a hive on your property

FOR REGISTRATION OR INQUIRES PLEASE WRITE TO  bello.bees@gmail.com

We would appreciate your forwarding this notice to other friends of the honey bee whom you think would be interested in becoming a Natural Beekeeper.  We and the Bees thank you .