BUYING HONEYBEES AND HIVES- ETHICAL AND ECOLOGICAL GUIDELINES

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Big Bee Creating the Landscape by S.Langpohl

Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary is a fully Demeter Certified Biodynamic Honeybee Apiary. What this means is that all intentions and actions with the honey bees and their hives and the products created from the sanctuary are based on spiritual, ethical and
ecological considerations. There are many Human Beings today who wish to be involved in being a Keeper of Bees. They want to help the bees. They are excited to connect with nature in a real way. All of this good Intention warms the Heart and affirms the shift of values and focus to a New Earth paradigm.

Breaking the addiction to consumerism is one of the signs of Freedom that everyone feels as they refuse to play the  binary-robotic role within a dehumanizing and mechanized old paradigm. It is not unusual for people to want to reflect the good and caring Human Values that they have within themselves by manifesting, in a real way, the goodwill which they hold . So taking care of honey bees and learning about nature is a choice that is being made by many and the first thing one has to consider is how do I learn about taking care of honey bees and where do I obtain my first hive.

You probably can see the Geography of Consumerism looming ahead in the first foot forward on this journey of wishing to be a Beekeeper. The equipment sold, the usual courses given, the local advice of a beekeeper, the books you may read and pretty well most things to do with beekeeping will, for the most part, be determined by the honey-factory model, so where does one begin? Let’s explore together this important question of Purchasing Honey Bees and Hives and some of the ethical and ecological considerations and questions posed.

Spring is the time when all to- be- Keepers of Bees start their journey of questing for bees for the first time in order to start the adventure of becoming a Keeper of Bees.
In today’s world, where everything seemingly can be purchased with the click of a button, why should it be any different for your new hive? Commercial bee operations will look at their winter losses from last year and will already have ordered their replacement bees from other countries or if possible, they will have simply split every hive which is worth splitting by inserting “spare” Queens from elsewhere,…….. and viola they have their numbers of hives back again.
From a biodynamic perspective the picture of how to do beekeeping is not so much focused on the industrial enslavement model, where everything is about time and money,  but rather where all thoughts are centered around an approach that seeks to create Spaces that will allow all life to unfold as naturally as possible.
This requires that we, as Keepers of Bees, consider always how we can support this organic unfoldment of new Space which is least disturbing to the organism
of the hive.

With regard to creating new colonies there are several ways one can go about this. Naturally, we as new keepers of bees, give our stamp of approval to the  method which reflects the considerations we hold most important – namely ethical, spiritual and ecological considerations.

                                                   CATCHING A FERAL SWARM

If you have ever seen honey bees in your own yard, by that I mean, apis mellifera, not bumble bees and not wild bees, then you most likely have a colony of honey bees nearby you, either from another beekeepers hive or from a feral hive of honey bees, living somewhere undetected, doing their wonderous work. Should this be the case, you may be able to  attract a swarm into your bait hive of choice, that you have installed at your premises. (check our blog entry on Russian Swarm Box).

Install your hive trap by mid-May with some frames in it and if you can get some old brood comb in a frame or just a junk piece of comb, place those in your bait box to create a good smell for the scout bees. If you are lucky the scout bees will inspect the new apartment -offering you have generously provided and give its approval and move the whole family to these new digs. Also  applying a few drops of 100% Young Living edible essential oil of Lemongrass will greatly increase your chance of attracting the scouts and convincing them to chose your location over other sites. This method of starting beekeeping would be the most natural way, but many factors do play a great role in the bees finding you. I would suggest this method be given a try, even if you are planning to purchase your bees later in the year, just to see what happens.

              ACQUIRING A HIVE FROM AN ETHICAL AND ECOLOGICAL APIARY

We will speak from our own experience from Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary, however there are others who take care of their bees respectfully, chemical free and
naturally.

Through our year with the bees, by the time June comes around, the bees will have made their minds up for various reasons, to prepare for the Rebirth of their Hive. When this happens we will see the building of Queen cups and Queen cells, and a change in the behaviour of the Hive Being. After I have read the situation as good as I can, I determine whether the Hive Being in front of me is wishing to create a new hive or whether they are about to  replace their mother.
At that time one of our choices is to not interfere with the natural process going on in the hive  and rather  prepare for the hiving of the one or the several swarms which may emerge from the original hive eventually. Or I will look through the hive and remove frames with queen cells, which are almost capped and place them in special mini-hives (nucleus boxes) with ample numbers of their sister bees and food so that this small bee family can function as a normal, natural hive. These nucleus colonies will continue their daily routine until their new Queen- to- Bee hatches from her Queen Cell and goes on her mating flight . She returns as the Queen of the Hive and the Mother of all new family members to come in this hives expansion.

Depending on the original Hive Beings own strength and energetic nature, I help create either one or two nucleus colonies with four frames each. After such a procedure the Mother Hive will have the same appearance as a swarmed hive will look due to the thousands of bees that have left home to live in new hives.

                List of Ethical and Ecological Considerations in New Hive Creation:

1. Rebirth of the Hive through swarming is our first choice for expansion
2. In the new hives all the bees are sisters and come from the original hive’s home
3. All Queen cells come from the Mother Hive and the family traits and hive Beingness is ….respected and the genetics maintained
4. Once the Queen is mated the new hive is a True  hive with all the bees related to each    other and to their new Queen.
5. The swarming process is not induced, but happens naturally
6. Energetically we have supported the bees in their going through the process of making Queen Cells and Swarm Preparations and it is an ecological call as to whether we leave the hive to swarm naturally or to help in the swarming process through the new colony creation noted above.
7. The Queen of the original hive and the new small hives is related to all the sisters and brothers of the hives including their new Queens.
8. The bees in the new small hives always have the original wax cell foundations which their family created with all of its subtly of connectedness and smell and communication.
9. these natural considerations over the years  have lead to regressed- sized -bees, close to their original size before the bee-factory-industry took hold. Regressed- sized- bees are able to fight off the varroah mites better and are the choice bees to have
10.Taking a beginners bee course is a pre-requisite to responsible beekeeping. You don’t buy your car before you learn to drive and it is as logical as that for why one should have a bee course first and then bees.
11.All of our bees have never had any chemicals, and have never been removed from their land for pollination services, nor any other bee-factory-industry unethical
actions.

                          PACKAGED BEES FROM BEE-FACTORY-INDUSTRY

Packaged bees are just as they sound, meaning that they are arriving in a screened box with one to three pounds of bees and an unrelated Queen Bee caged and suspended in this box, surrounded by the bees. Or as I have learned lately, they also can come in a cardboard mailing tube whereby the amount of  bees seem to be  reduced in numbers. When you choose a package of bees you are getting bees not attached to a comb, and therefore there will be no brood present and there will be nothing that they would consider their home body. Remember the wax foundation is the skeleton of the hive.

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Cardboard Mailing Tube

 

                           NUCLEUS COLONIES FROM BEE-FACTORY-INDUSTRY

In this version you are accepting bees which live on chemical-contaminated combs , the brood is present, and the unrelated Queen is suspended in a cage, between the frames, waiting to be released into the new colony at its new location. Nucleus colonies can come in 3, 4 or 5 frame versions depending what is offered. If you get a 5 frame version  it does not necessarily mean you get more bees, but just more food stored in this version.

                                   A  FULL SUPER HIVE FROM INDUSTRIAL MODEL

Occasionally beekeepers will sell full hives, usually Langstroth, and in this case you will most likely get a hive of ten frames per box. Depending who is offering this hive, it can consist of either one or two boxes of bees with frames and their Queen or a new unrelated introduced Queen.

For this version it would be good to have some experience as a beekeeper already, as the expansion of the hive will be strong and you will be facing many decisions which would better be made in the second year of beekeeping. When you get a small four- frame- hive you have time to observe and learn from the bees and most likely you will not have swarming the first year. You and the hive will grow together.

If the practice which happens often in Nova Scotia, is the rule, then such full -super hives being offered by commercial beekeeping operations usually are hives which have been trucked around for pollination services of many sites, have been exposed to many toxins and chemicals and were probably fed on GMO corn syrup/sugar and GMO pollen patties, by the time these stressed hives are offered for sale to you. Weakened and stressed
hives rarely live through the winter , just as they would not have survived with the seller. Get it:-}!

             List of Considerations in purchasing from the Bee Industrial Model:

1. Remember how we said you should take a beginners course first; well this is where the catch 22 happens. If you are not taking a Natural Beekeeping Course but the usual modern industrial farming method  beekeeping course , then what you will be told as “business as normal in the bee world “will be from a window of an enslavement model. Even wonderful beekeepers who love their bees, do not know they are involved in a system of commodification of life. This has been going on for over one hundred years and so the”normal” is far from normal. The equipment you will be told to buy, the way you take care of the bees with mite strips, fuming them with acids, making money on them, etc etc. will all be presented as the norm. There is nothing normal, ethical or ecological about that type of “norm”.

2. For all of the versions we have just mentioned, except where you catch your own swarm, or where you have been “gifted” with a swarm or given a chance to catch a swarm through a fire department etc , or you acquired a hive through a Demeter certified Apiary, you should know certain facts:
a) what you are purchasing is Called a Hive, and technically speaking it is a “hive” because man has the naming power to say this is a fact and name it so. But from
Nature’s Truth this bringing together of separated parts energetically and spiritually DOES NOT make a True Hive.

With the packaged bees version you will have what is called Shaken Bees. Shaken Bees means that a beekeeper will use a big funnel and will either shake the bees off of frames from one hive or several hives until the screened box is full enough to meet the appropriate “package weight” requirements.
b) the Queen Bee, which is not related to these shaken bees at all, and who more than likely was shipped from another country or continent, is caged and suspended among these displaced bees with a food supply so that they will not starve to death. Often our packaged bees here come from New Zealand for example and the Queen is usually Hawaiian. These bees are displaced, not related to each other, without their real mother and from a different climate and environment and then shipped to you.
c) if you have a commercial beekeeper in your area selling packaged bees the procedure is the same, less the transcontinental shipping.
As you can see, there are choices you can make and sometimes availability will force upon us paths that are not perfect at all, but it is very important to be aware what you are looking at, despite the claims of the industry and it’s sales pitch. And also once you are responsible for a Hive Being , you by allowing the bees to go back to their own ways, by enhancing their life force and treating them with care and love, Nature has a wonderful way of bouncing back and wishing to dance with you, the Keeper of Bees.

Remember every thought counts and every intention carried through your heart will effect all levels of life everywhere.

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LIFE IN SPRING AT THE HONEY BEE SANCTUARY

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SPRING IS IN THE AIR – BIRDS AND THE BEES

 

The Commonwealth of bees from each hive has been exploring the new earth once again, after a winter of inward cosmic life. Spring is here in all of its glory, with chilly, windy dull days and bright, warm sunny days. Exploring bees have already found the alders which are full of pollen and the maples too. This means the nursery is in full swing inside of the hives and the abundant stores of honey left for the bees last autumn,
and the fresh pollen will all be used to bring about the expansion of the hives.
On sunny warm days, when the sun’s rays shine on the still-snuggly-wrapped hives,
the bees start their housekeeping. They know it is too cool to fly far from the hive but they are Beings which live in the Present Moment and make full use of the kind warmth which the sun gives to the interior of the hive.
Spring housekeeping is being done in earnest and the signs of this are all of the dead bees on the ground in front of the hives. The life span of a honey bee is not all that long and so the bees which one sees in the autumn are not necessarily the one’s one will meet and greet in the Spring. The young autumn bees, which have gained age and wisdom, just like you and I, will be the ones attending to the Queen and the community life inside . As soon as possible the dead bodies are swept out of the hive by the busy-cleaning- crew.  Klaus looks at the bees on the ground to see if there are any indications of disease or something unusual to be seen.
We are glad to report all seems well and all hives have survived another winter here in Nova Scotia.

The newest gossip with the bees is the small shed being built in the Sanctuary to house all of the equipment and tools which are required as a keeper of bees. The former storage facility, a small yellow “bumble bee trailer”, has now found a new home as the playhouse for our granddaughter. The storing of bee equipment is no small issue.

Klaus had determined the best way to keep the beautiful waxed frames which the bees had made, safe from invasion by moth’s  or ants ,was to store them in our Jeep. The moth’s and ants could easily find ways into the “bumble bee trailer” and so our Jeep became a moving storage facility.
Any passenger in the Jeep was in peril from flying supers or other miscellaneous things which all shuttled around the back of the Jeep in “safe keeping”. Now the new, well sealed storage shed will hold everything in one place. It also forms an excellent wind-barrier to block the cold north and northeasterly wind storms from hitting the hives in the Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary. Clearly, this life of being a keeper of bees calls for Attention to details at all times:-}

All the hives have survived the winter months once again, and because of the number of hives , this year we will be able to offer to sell small hives to our new and former students. In the next blog we will be discussing ethical Guide Lines for purchasing honey bees. When you are starting out as a new keeper of bees you are met with the whole world of big business and bees as the commodity. This industrialized system in the
business of beekeeping has evolved over the last one hundred and twenty years and so
most books you will read, systems and equipment you will buy and practices you will see, are all based on such a honey-factory-paradigm in beekeeping, and so it is not easy to discern what is natural and ethical and ecological.
All of this and more we will discuss with you next time.

We will be selling the Sanctuary’s surplus biodynamic honey at the Annapolis Royal Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Victoria Day Weekend. Hope to See you there.
Happy Spring!
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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 .

Nectar – Soul Essence of Flowers & Trees

Greetings from Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary and the very healthy honey bees buzzing around the hives today.  Our glasshouse was almost 100 degrees and windows had to be opened to deal with the heat of the sun on this February day.  Every hive is buzzing and doing cleansing flights.  All is well in the sanctuary this winter.  We are preparing for our courses for June and we are accepting requests for information on them now.

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Flowers of last summer were abundant.

Sometimes sitting back and contemplating on not just the details but also attempting to see the Big Picture is worthy of consideration. There were so many strange things happening in Nature last summer that we waited until we heard from many of the local beekeepers before we came to any hasty conclusions about what all of this might mean.

Our summer was beautiful, one could say “idyllic” and the foggy mists from St Mary’s Bay moistened the shoreline and the fields in the morning and the
wonderful mists of the evening also gave droplets of the essence of life to all of the wild flowers, trees and the bees. It was the first “high season” of the year
for the honey bees. The flowers were in abundance, the sun radiated forth its life-giving nourishment and we awaited the signs from the bees to give additional Space for their anticipated expansion of their Hive. Long before mankind was involved in the bees rhythmic cycle during the “honey flow period” of the Year, this expansion cycle was happening for the honey bee and the hive. But……this year something changed.

Because our relationship with the bees is one where we are observing a lot and trying to learn more about them and what they have to teach us about symbiotic relationships in nature and with Life itself; we noticed that the activity of the hive was very “internal” and that not much was happening externally. This is at a time where the bees are usually flying from the first sign of the rising sun in the morning to the last sign of the setting sun in the evening. We knew something was amiss, but logically nothing could be wrong. Finally we opened up a hive and there were the bees in the thousands and they were creating lots of brood throughout the hive and consuming the small honey stores which they had been left from the Spring. The bees were not gathering enough nectar to fill the cells in the hive to keep the Queen laying in an orderly pattern . No nectar to fill the spaces equals the Queen laying many more eggs, which will also require much more honey, which just was not there! The bees were actually on their way to starvation. Every hive had the same story to tell. So we immediately went to the deep freezer and brought out the honey of theirs which we freeze for emergencies and started feeding every hive. Now here is the funny thing – the bees were eating the honey and feeding the honey to the increasing number of baby bees but their rhythm of flying off and gathering the nectar from the plants was not really happening. How odd…………………..The Rhythm of the bees in the Hive had been disturbed by the lack of nectar in the flowers and plants. We needed to help bring back the Rhythm again. The pure honey was not doing it. It was keeping them alive and they were making brood but the Rhythm was way out of balance. Honey is not the same as Nectar to the honey bee. It became obvious to us that what the bees needed was Nectar and not honey. When they have the Nectar they will fill that watery substance in the empty cells in the hive and that will stop the overproduction of the brood and leave the bees to make the honey from the nectar and the natural ancient Rhythms and life cycles of the Hive will be Restored.

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Last summers bounty was amazing.  Lots of pollen but no nectar.

So we resorted to creating Steiner’s Bee Tea with honey rather than sugar as the substitute for the natural nectar, along with the flower essences.

recipe:
SPRING AND SUMMER SYRUP– NECTAR SUBSTITUTE
1 liter water
2 kilos organic white cane sugar (at least make sure your sugar is non-GMO)
10% of the sugar for this recipe should be honey or even a higher ratio if possible. We use only honey from our freezer now.
1/2 cup of strong chamomile tea or 1 drop of Young Living or doTerra edible Chamomile Essential Oil
3 drops of Young Living or do Terra edible Lemon Oil
1 drop of Young Living or doTerra edible Lemongrass Oil
1 drop of Young Living or doTerra edible Spearmint Oil
one small pinch of grey sea salt
Dissolve the sugar and honey into the water with the grey salt over a med high heat until the sugar is completely dissovled into the liquid
The syrup must never boil or bubble, but must be hot enough to thoroughly integrate the crystals into the water. After removing from the heat, you
can wait 20 minutes and then add the rest of the ingredients.. When the liquid completely cools it will not crystallize but be a clear liquid. It should not have crystal formations in it.

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HIGH QUALITY EDIBLE ESSENTIAL OILS

The honey we had plenty of, but to obtain the high quality of essences of lemongrass, lemon, chamomile and spearmint which were 100% pure, edible  and organic and which had no fillers in them was the challenge. The bees needed the Real thing. So once again the bees have given us a Life Enhancing Lesson which has benefited not only them but us and hopefully you too. We did not know that when you read a label which says 100% pure essential oil on a bottle of essential oil, the FDA requires only 5% of the contents to be the oil and the rest can be filler. The filler can be anything, including very inedible and sometimes toxic substances to our bodies and the bees bodies also. The bees needed a therapeutic , edible , organic quality of essential oils and we found them. There were two very popular companies which sold them – doTerra and Young Living. Holding our noses because of the multi-level marketing structure which one jumps through to obtain the oils, we entered 100% into the Dance with Essences .The oils had life” frequencies” which were so strong we knew the bees would be truly nourished with them  and now these essences, which are the “soul of the plant”, are also part of our daily life.  The frequencies of the oils are just what we needed and this is a journey we recommend highly for the happiness and well-beingness of your quality of life at this time on the planet. …. and once again it is thanks to the honey bees that this citizen medicine revelation  has come into our life at this time.If you are interested is seeing what the essential oils can do for you, we recommend reading “Reference Guide for Essential Oils” by Connie and Alan Higley.  What an eye opener. This is the wisdom which has been lost for a long time and it is the book which we have been looking for for decades.

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The bee tea was made, and within a few days the bees were back to business-as-usual and you could see that they were consuming the tea and starting to expand the hive with nectar and making honey from the nectar.. This took us through the period of no nectar in the plants. It was great when the next “honey flow ” came and the flowers actually had nectar this time. The bees were healthy, the hives were huge and life once again returned to the Rhythm of the sanctuary.

QUESTION: why no nectar in the plants ?

So what on earth happened? Now here is where it gets very interesting. The local small beekeepers started coming to us and talking about the same thing. Lots of pollen and lots of flowers but no nectar. This translated to them as less honey. Then came the letter from a scientist friend of ours in Ethiopia and the report on the bees there was that the flowers were plentiful but the nectar was very little. So one has to say whatever is going on looks a bit global in its nature.

So here is our Question:

With the amount of proof from out-of-the-closet scientists and thousands and thousands of people, like you and me, all reporting the same thing, one can at least put the Question: Does the spraying of chemicals from the geoengineering taking place so heavily in our skies have something to do with the drying up of the nectar? It was not a lack of moisture for the flowers, nor was there a lack of flowers. Who gave whomever- it- is which is poisoning our “Commonly Owned Atmosphere” the right to bring such a death-fed of aluminum, barium, strontium etc. into the sacred cycle of life on this planet, which we are all symbiotically living within. Why is there no one stopping this? Our soil and our rivers and even the sludge from our sewer systems are all indicating elevated numbers of these toxins when they are tested. Since our country and others have signed “treaties” with each other to not create weather and/or do this geoengineering in the other country’s skies, it seems logical that perhaps this is something happening in the” here and now” of our lives. Could this explain why the trees, the plants, the animals and the bees are suffering from the “application of geoengineering of our skies”—-as well as we human beings? . What can we do to have this stopped? Can the bees continue to live a “natural cycle” when the flowers and trees are having their life essence sucked  dry by the drying agents  sprayed from the air ?

http://www.globalresearch.ca/atmospheric-geoengineering-weather-manipulation-contrails-and-chemtrails/20369

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/new-science-study-comes-closer-to-disclosing-the-catastrophic-health-and-environmental-consequences-of-climate-engineering/

As with all things it is good to see the government documentation where you can to confirm such questions; but also consider citizen science,which holds merit and is worthy of  consideration.  Since our skies continue to be geoengineered we worry about the future of the bee and again we will say – what happens to the bees is happening to us.  Their fate and ours will be the same.

 

 

 

BIODYNAMIC VARROA MITE CONTROL THRU ASHING

Bee drumming-25It was great to have the Demeter inspector come to visit the honey bee sanctuary and sit with us to discuss the work which we are doing with the honey bees. Or should I say, the work the honey bees are doing with us:-}! Each one of
the Hives in the Sanctuary has its name and also a “biography” of a certain sort. Every observation we have of the hive is noted in a book for that hive and every action we do with the hive is also carefully recorded. When the hive swarms
we keep the “family records” in the new book for the new hive and also make note of the name of the swarm in its “mother’s hive” record book. These records are referred to often as we look at how we can help the bees thrive. For instance, this year we did “ashing of mites” and this is a biodynamic method of dynamising the ashes of varroa
mites and then on a date when the cosmic and earth influences are just right (and we use the Maria Thun Planting Calendar to know which day that  date is) we spray the inside of the hive with a homeopathic dilution of the ashes.
How to Do Biodynamic Ashing of the Hive for Varroa Mites

COLLECTION OF THE MITES
1. Collect the varroa mites located on your bottom board of the hives. You will need minimum of 50 mites , and the more the better.
Collect them in a glass jar for next years ashing.

TIMING
2. Usually in the month of May, when the moon is in Taurus, the biodynamic ashing can take place. Please check your Maria Thun calendar to confirm the exact date.

BURNING OF THE MITES
3. Create a small wood fire in a tin  with very dry wood which produces embers which glow for a long time, like oak, birch,beech. Once the
embers are bright red and glowing and the fire has disappeared, empty the varroa mites from your jar onto the embers. Cover the
embers with a lid and leave . When you check the embers later there should be only ash in a light gray in colour and not black.

4. When everything in your container has cooled down, sift the ash into another bowl, through a sieve, which will remove the charcoal debris.

DYNAMISING

5. Place the ashes in a mortar which is made from glass, porcelain or stone. With a pestle, rhythmically in a clockwise and counter clockwise direction grind the ashes in the mortar for one hour. This process is the dynamising of the ashes and it provides you with the Base Substance.

6. This Base Substance can be applied in two ways to the hive:

1. Use the Base Substance, put into a shaker with a fine head and apply directly to the bees within the hive. You can sprinkle lightly over the frames
and the bees directly and this method is called Peppering.. We personally do not do this method due to the lack of volume of ashes required.

2. Or, using the Base Substance, create a homeopathic solution by potentising the ash with water which can then be sprayed lightly over the bees
and frames within the hive at the correct date.

POTENTISING

Potentising is creating a homeopathic solution by diluting the Base Substance by the following process:

1. Put 9 parts of water into a glass, stone or clay container. Add 1 part of the Base Substance. (example: 9 tablespoons of water to 1 tablespoon of Base Substance )
This ratio can be made either by volume as previously noted or by weight.

2. Always start with the diluting matter, in our case water and add the Base Substance measurement to it.

3. With a wooden stir stick stir the mixture in a rhythmic motion creating a vortex (funnel shape) . Once the vortex has been created deep down in your container
you then reverse the direction you are stirring and create a vortex again in the other direction  and continue this rhythm clockwise and counterclock wise stirring for 3 minutes. We have now created D1.

4. This volume of D1 potency is now your measurement for the next step. The ratio now changes to 10 base solution to 90 water. You will need 90 times the volume of D1 potency in water volume.

5. Repeat Step 3. You now have created a D2 potency.

6. Now you continue to use the 10:90 ratio to create D3 and then D4. By now your containers are getting huge in volume and so at D4 we label the jar “D4 and the date”
and “Varroa Mite “. This will be our supply for years for making new potencies.

7. From now on we will go back to a 1 part to 9 part ratio of dilution (like in step 1) . Example 1 Tablespoon of D4 and 9 Tablespoon of Water and repeat the vortex
stirring for three minutes. This will create D5 and from D5 you will create D6 up to D8. D8 is the potency we are looking for. D8 is what is recommend in treating the honey bee hive for varroa mites.

8. Spray lightly the D8 onto the bees and the frames on the right day.

Now it is important to know that everything is about Life Enhancement and Respect for Life and Nothing is being Killed here. We as Human Beings
are created to manifest our lives and the work we do on this Earth  through our Heart Center and the nurturing Human Heart is  incapable of killing anything. We have no intent in killing the mites. This treatment is to create an influence within the hive where there is an interference with the natural reproductive cycle of the varroa mite. Our wish is that the mites no longer find the hive a suitable place for their life cycle. In Biodynamic Beekeeping our Intent is for balance and harmony and it is never to enter into the polarized- world- vision of a “justified war” on life. The Intent quite simply is to help the honey bees and their hive enjoy a place of health and happiness, in a harmonious environment. It is important to remember there is nothing natural about the varroa mite being a predator within the hive—- it was Mankind who created the situation where our greed for more and bigger brought us to create the supersized wax cells in the foundation of the hive . It is because of those unnaturally large sized cells within the hive that the predator, namely the varroa mite, is able to live. The cells in our hives are being Regressed in Size and that means that the varroa mite also finds
it a place where it no longer flourishes.
We still lightly spray the bees with EM for probiotic nourishment for their immune system and for mite control and we also still lightly dust the bees with organic white sugar which has been turned into powder in our Bullet. The cycle of the mite needs to
be kept in mind as one does these procedures and after you do this, you need to repeat the application within 21.days. These dates are all put into the records of each hive as reminders of actions which need to be carried out at a future date. You cannot
“wing it” with the bees, there are so many important pieces of information which are referred back to many times in one season.Naturally the notes also start to form a bigger picture of the supra-organism of the “hive” and it is at that level that true relationship
with the world of the honey bee Begins.

 

RUSSIAN SWARM BOXES AND CHASING SWARMS

The Russian Swarm boxes, which we referred to in an earlier blog, are working out very well. We have had four swarms and three of them were not from our hives. They were visitors from elsewhere. However the one swarm from the “Paul hive,”
named after our friend in Bear River where Klaus rescued a hive from his very high chimney several years ago, is worthy of a comedy play.

Klaus saw the capped Queen cells in Paul a few days before the swarm happened and he knew he needed to inspect the hive very soon to see what was going on, because there seemed to be “less activity” at the hive for three days. We arrived at 10ish
at the sanctuary and within minutes a swarm of  bees, hiding in the   neighbouring field, came flying by the thousands towards the sanctuary. Unfortunately the neighbours were mowing and trimming grass and bushes and the noise from the machines  seemed to bother the swarm and so they all landed in the row of cherry trees along the sanctuary’s driveway, just above the hives. They rested only a few minutes and  then they took off down the Hwy 101 and Klaus went for the Jeep with the equipment for catching swarms ……and my appointed job was to follow the swarm. This is where all dignity was abandoned -I found myself in the center  of the swarm, running down the main highway with bees all around me. As  we ran together I shouted  a  warning to the dismayed pet owners coming out of the  local vets office, and ignored the surprised  faces of the folks having an ice cream cone in front of the local kwik way, as  I continued to run with the bees. They then did a 45 degree turn onto
a side road and after trespassing through three backyards I found myself at a woods edge where the bees seemed to have dove head-first out of site. By this time the “Jeep scout” was looking for me and he  braved the wood- thicket to find our wonderful, happy, regressed -sized-bee- friends,  sitting in a spruce tree 60 feet high!!!!!!! There was an old car graveyard next to this wood and after accepting that perhaps
Paul’s Rebirth of the Hive may have manifested as a new “Hippie Hive” living in a 1967 volkswagen bus, we said our goodbyes to the swarm and wished them well and left.

Honey bees finding a new home in the wild is something to celebrate and so we went to town and bought ourselves an ice cream to celebrate this amazing event of the Sanctuary. On the way home we drove up to the woods to look at the swarm one more time and they had already left. Perhaps that old orange coloured Volkswagen bus with Peace written on its side was a meant-to-bee for the bees……….being Love Beings and all. Two kilometers later, as we drove down our quarter-of-a-mile long lane, Klaus saw a black thing on the side of the honey house deck. By the time we were half way down the lane we both had wild, impossible Imaginations going through our heads. Finally passion got the best of Klaus and he stopped the Jeep and ran diagonally through the fields  towards the honey house. There they were —-Paul’s babies had found us! Klaus had left another two- super- bait box on the honey house deck and the bees which had left their original home located a couple of kilometers away, were now marching inside their new home very quickly. This hive became a three super hive within a week – the largest swarm yet.

So the moral of the story is – just let them go and if they wish they will find you!

 

ETHICAL, SPIRITUAL & ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO BEEKEEPING

June was a wonderful month at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary , with two groups of absolutely wonderful people coming together, at the Sanctuary, to learn more about the hive and the bees. The bees were their usual great Teachers, Klaus was their willing and learned guide and together we all formed a positive, enthusiastic “hive of friends of the bees”, prepared  to be counted as people ready  to discover a New Bee Culture based on an Ethical, Spiritual and Ecological approach .  What a privilege it is to meet other people who are ready, willing  and able to bring their life forces and Intent to learning about the honey bee  and growing their own experiences in their lives, from the lessons taught by  the honey bees; one of nature’s finest Ambassadors..

Isn’t it interesting that nature Never Lies (how noble  is that!) and it makes one wonder how we as sacred Human Beings have somehow found ourselves in a world where we, mostly unconsciously, participate in the enslaving, poisoning, exterminating,destroying,consuming and carrying out  innumerable other acts of “separated consciousness”on the Web of Life which supports our very existence on this beautiful planet?   The good news is that from our experiences lately we can see   there is a huge shift taking place at this time  in many arenas of life,  in the warm and loving Hearts and Imaginations of mankind    and every one of us can make the small choices in our daily life which supports those shifts and enlivens our lives with rich experiences and creative manifestations which all come from within ourselves.

The bees are Love Beings and you can feel their basic Song of Joy though-out  your whole body if you stop and listen.  The honey they make can only be full of amazing life enhancing properties and happiness because the source of the honey comes from a Place of Life , just as our Dreams of Joy for mankind Imagined from our Hearts also comes from such a Place of Life.  These thoughts are far from the transgenic agenda  encircling our lives like the Predator Agenda it is. .

The language which developed around beekeeping during the past century, is one of commercialization of the hive and the bee. In other words
the bees went from a symbiotic part of an agrarian way of life With us and an integral  Creative Beeing within the web- of- life in our earth’s landscape, to a controlled-
enslaved ‘manifestation’ within the Honey Factory. Thus is the plight of the honey bee today.

I could go on forever with the Addiction our culture has to commodifying  the “All of Life”, including Human Beings;, but there are strong hearted individuals  out there serving humanity by making that phenomena very clear – check out a Waldorf teacher, named  Cara St Louis and her  utubes.
What has happened to the bees is happening to us all, and it is when we look at the Big Picture happening to the web-of-life on this sacred planet  that we can feel and see the plight of the honey bee and the hive best……and also ourselves.

Bee the Change you wish to See.

SWARM REBIRTHS IN 200 YEAR OLD PLUM TREE WITH RUSSIAN DESIGNED SWARM BOX

The Sun is fully singing this morning in a clear blue sky, with very little wind and it is a Root Day on the Biodynamic Calendar – a very good day for a swarm. We are listening to see if we can hear the Song of the Sun that David Sereda has discovered and
says restructures water, including the water in our body. Well if “happiness” is a Song of the Sun then we hear it very well. Apparently
so can the bees because they arrived like clockwork at 10am to our Russian -designed Bait Hive by — Dr. Leo Sharashkin, Editor of “Keeping Bees With a Smile”.
To be part of the Rebirth of the Hive never gets “old”, it is so Beautiful and Life Enhancing to the Soul of both us and the Earth!
Following the information in Moon Time by Johanna Paungger we found an old plum tree on the property which sat exactly on the intersection of two geomagnetic lines and placed this Russian designed bait hive on top of the tree. This tree
is around 200 years old and we knew it had rotted completely out on the inside, but it was so beautiful to look at, even in its decaying state, that we had left a 10 foot high trunk of the tree standing and this is where we placed the bait hive.

This swarm was very large and they arrived like a long wave onto the trunk of the tree. It was amazing to watch the bees follow the many paths and contours in the old bark and flow up the trunk like sap in the Spring and into the box. As the bees were still arriving we called Dave and Lois, our special friends of the bees, and they arrived with cameras and excitement. It was truly a morning filled with Joy to witness this cosmic-earthly event. The sound was so soft and the bees were so peaceful that we felt a very special connection to  this Swarm . We all decided to have a turn at greeting the bees by climbing  the ladder and tickling  the bee beard hanging off of the box and the bees seemed to be very happy to have us attend this great Rebirthing Event.

Now the bees are settling down and we will wait until this evening to bring them down from the tree and properly Hive them into a larger home. This swarm was so huge that they took a long time to all get into the box. Because these were not bees from our Sanctuary we need to take precautionary measures for the first two years to make sure they are healthy and happy bees. The “Swift Bees” which we rescued from a chimney a couple of years ago are just amazing and intelligent bees. They did not wish to be moved from their isolation location after the two years were up and so now that temporary location has become their Home Sweet Home. We did have scout bees come to our honey house again this year and we put out a full super on the deck in case they voted for this location; however, the Swifts were out on their own in the wilds  for a couple of years and had gained some “skills”and decided to fight off the scouts to the bait hive which was somewhat near “their territory”.

These Swift Bees are tricky and Klaus is always laughing at the behaviours which he observes with this particular hive. He also recognizes in them a truly “natural nature” which is strong, “Free” ,kind, quiet and hardworking- quite like many of the people we meet living here in rural Nova Scotia. We look forward to having a nuc from this hive at some point and let’s hope that the drones from this hive are mating with the Queens from the other hives, so that these traits become part of the new hives yet to come!

Ciao from Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary

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ISLANDS OF SANCTUARY WITH CORRIDORS OF CONNECTIVITY

 

The apricot tree is absolutely amazing at the moment, with perfect white flowers. When you stand underneath of it the humming song from the wild bees, the honey bees and the bumblebees creates its own type of Haiku poetry. With the warm sun and fragrance in the air, we can finally stop the worrying about chilled brood and not enough nectar for the bees and all of those other concerns with a late Spring. Life cannot get better than this. Finally those Van Gogh-sunbursts of blazing yellow dandelions are everywhere and the bees are absolutely silly with happiness, flying back and forth as if the months of waiting in the hive has made its own pendulum-like push of energy for them. This is our favourite time at the honey bee Sanctuary – the long fresh green grass has white areas of
wild strawberries and every tree has chosen a shade of green to dress itself in.

Here at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary we like to think that we have created an Island of Sanctuary for and with the Bees, with corridors of goodwill and connectivity  to other natural keepers of bees who are creating their own  Islands of Sanctuary for the honey bee. These corridors of connectivity from Bello Uccello’s Honey Bee Sanctuary   include all of the people of goodwill who we communicate with in  one way or another and they share their various ways of helping the honey bee through  planting  heritage seeds,  not putting  chemicals on their properties , buying  only honey from non-honey-factory hives and doing many  other wonderful acts of respect and kindness to nature and the bees so we all can thrive on this planet.

Each of us, in our own way, are creating small Islands of Sanctuary and it is now the time to make sure your good work within your Island of Sanctuary for the things and beings you love, have corridors of connectivity to others. This is how we transform this planet, because eventually all of those Islands of Sanctuary will have so many corridors of connectivity to other Islands of Sanctuary that the entire earth will represent something new – something respectful and joyful and  inclusive of all of the web of  life and beings on this planet .  .

The Chemical Warfare of Toxicity and Poison Era is in its last throws and the Human Being and this Beautiful Earth with its web of life Shall prevail. As we watch corporations now openly destroy living forests to grow GE trees for biofuel, try to patent” life- resiliency” as a commodity and basically try to compromise our food and water  supply in every way possible; we know their days are numbered and the tides have turned. People everywhere are refusing to give their life forces to be implicated in that web of death and are busy at a very personal and local level manifesting their dreams and in so doing they are creating small Islands of Sanctuary. .

There is a” hidden Truth within the nature of great transformation; a new path of harmony always emerges out of the chaos of the present moment”(Caroline Myss) So it is interesting that yesterday we gathered with 22 very warm  and creative people who each have made  their own version of life-enhancing  sanctuaries for their  Life on this planet. The gathering was called “Bee Harmony” and there was sharing about the honey bee and biodynamic farming and how each person was manifesting their dream and creating their own small Islands of Sanctuary for their families, and their communities.  It really was an experience and exploration together and we left having met new friends and feeling a new connectivity with the dreams and manifestations of other people who now have a corridor of goodwill to each other’s Islands of Sanctuary. For us here at Bello Uccello Honey Bee Sanctuary we no longer look “out there”  to change the world, but rather we are trying to Bee the Changes we wish to see in the world…………just like so many of you are doing also.

MORE INFORMATION ON LEY LINES AND THE HONEY BEE
For you readers who wish to learn more about ley lines (geomagnetic fields on the earth) in connection with the honey bees, you will find the book “Geomagnetic Honey Bees” by John Harding very interesting. John is very clear about his long experience with honey bees and the geomagnetic lines of the earth. It is about a vibrant hive and also a very plausible solution to the varroa mite problem. We highly recommend this book for new and experienced keepers of bees alike.

 

 

HOW TO LOCATE A HIVE SO IT WILL THRIVE

Slowly the snow has been replaced by snowdrops in the garden and they too seem to be just a fancy and they already have made way for the sun-yellowness of the daffodils. Forsythia is in full bloom here and dandelions appear as  spotted dinner plates for the bees on the unmowed grass. Maple trees are flowering their very understated flowers
which feeds the bees big time in the Spring. Because frosts are still a possibility, we have been very reluctant to unseal the hives. In fact, the hives which we have opened and inspected, still have a small 4 watt xmas bulb keeping the brood warm. This past winter was really a challenge for bees and people here in Southwest Nova Scotia.

Last week we began inspecting  some of the hives and it was so delightful to find the Queen busy laying eggs and capped brood. In “Bee World” this means that the Queen has survived   winter once again  and will reign for another year  and that  the hives are in the process of building up their family size by the thousands. This is really a celebration time for us —— to greet the  same Queens who are now three years old and see they are still doing well is wonderful.. Happiness is hearing  the hum of the bees inside of the hive and seeing  them flying back from a mission for protein gathering,  with both pollen sacks
fully stuffed with greenish yellow pollen.

Bello Uccello’s honey bees have survived another challenging winter , with some hives being more resilient than others.
Why is that? Why are some hives so strong at the end of the winter and others rather small? We also observed the strangest things – like the top bar hive bees all moved to the South end of their hive and then moved back to the other side. And then we found another hive where all the bees were located at the South end. If the reason was the sun’s location , then both hives would have had the bees locate towards the South. The 150 pounds of
honey and pollen left in the hives for winter was pretty well gone when we opened up the hives and so it was not a “food location” decision by the bees to locate where they did. Then there were hives where everything was organized as  it would be in full honey -season. This mystery sat with us until our new book,’ Moon Time ‘by Joanne Paungger arrived in the post. I have the wonderful habit, despite what everyone else says, of opening a new book  to a random page and then to  start reading that page in full search of significant clues to the “meaning of life”:-} With this book’s random page my treasure hunting paid off because  I found a plausible explanation as to why
the bees were arranged in their hives as they were.

Apparently the Bees and their Hive wish to be located on the intersection of ley lines of the earth and  they wish to do this because they thrive on such locations.
In Europe, when you are about to build a house, you hire a dowser to come and find the ley lines on your property so your home can avoid them .Feng Shui is another practice from China where these energy lines are seriously considered in creating health and harmony in gardens,homes and businesses. Unlike Human Beings, the bees love the intersection-points of ley lines! The Universe is a mystery and so is everyday life. Although our ancestors seemed to know these very helpful things about nature and living things and water;  for the most of us, we have forgotten about  rhythms and cycles., We have somehow been educated right out of the truth of our natural life and it is hard  to find such simple knowledge about ourselves and our relationship to the web of life on this beautiful planet. We can thank people like Joanne Paungger of Austria, whose grandfather passed along to her his deep wisdom on such matters and which she has put into a number of books that have significantly influenced the growth of the organic movement in Austria and Germany over the past years.
Although we have found wells with dowsing rods and located our house to avoid ley lines which could make our home unhealthy for living, we still had to wonder about this information regarding  bees locating their nests on the ley lines. Soooooo, probably just like you, we too had to test this claim out and see if it is indeed true. Years ago we purchased some dowsing rods to find water when we were building our new home and so we brought them along and off to the Sanctuary we went with the usual bit of excitement and skepticism which protects our credibility. The first hive we tested was exactly centered on an intersection of the ley lines. it also happened to be the most robust hive in the Sanctuary. Every hive in the Honey Bee Sanctuary was either on an intersection or on one of the ley lines. The bees and Klaus had definitely worked out the locations for the hives quite well. The ones on just one ley line were not as strong a hive as those sitting on the intersection of ley lines. In the top bar hive the bees were all crowded over to the ley line crossing which just passed through the hive on one side only. Obviously they went over to the South side for the food and then went back to the other side where the energy line was located. This proved to be true with two other hives in the Sanctuary. At the out apiary the bees proved this ancient wisdom to be true also. Needless-to-say we have inched the hives which were on one line only on to  ley line intersections and we will note with interest in the coming season the results of every hive being placed the same in relationship to the earth’s energies ..

LESSONS FROM THE BEES: LOCATION OF THE HIVE
Place your hive on the intersection of the ley lines for strong and happy honey bees. And for a happy and healthy life for yourself
place your bed in a place which totally IS NOT on any of the ley lines. This is especially true for a baby’s crib.

“MoonTime”  author is the granddaughter of an Austrian farmer who passed on to her all of his old knowledge about living symbiotically with all life and being cognitive of those relationships. We love the book and everyday we discover other really helpful and forgotten wisdom of our forefathers.  Biodynamic farming is another example of the ancient wisdom of Human Beings being almost lost, until Rudolf Steiner renewed that body of knowledge which has now brought us the highest standard of agriculture in the world.  This is not a belief system, it is a written record of our heritage and the deep connectedness we Human Beings have with the Earth and the Cosmos.

BACKYARD BEEKEEPERS BEWARE OF NEW “honey on tap”

In a dusty corner over Klaus’s assembly table in his workshop is a faded cartoon given to him by my late father, several years ago when we first started this adventure with the Honey Bees. It shows a disheveled- looking Langstroth hive with a comical , not to bright looking fellow, dressed in a bee suit ,standing beside the front of the hive with a Ketchup bottle stuck under the entrance hole with a tap installed , waiting to fill his bottle with ketchup. The caption under this drawing is “Ketchup Bees”. The absurdity of this cartoon never ceased to get a smile out of us every time we happened to glance at it.

 

The Industrial- Revolutionary- worldview ,which has reached its zenith in turning Human Beings and everything else on this Planet into perceived Objects just waiting to be exploited with mechanical cleverness,still persists, albeit in its dying throws at the moment. People are waking up everywhere and we are all re-educating ourselves to become free thinking and feeling Human Beings that have the Freedom to have critical thinking and to live goodwill towards all Life on this planet. The 99% are unwilling to be dehumanized into assembly-line- enslavement- systems or be the manipulated into ” brainwashed- consumers” that give their creative life force away to buy a material trinket that is no more eternal nature than a sneeze. Times are changing and so is the language and images being used to fool all of this goodwill which is present at this time. Green- washing is just one of the ways in which  people’s goodwill is being usurped into agendas that are still about exploitation .

The growth in the number of people concerned about the Honey Bee is amazing. It is happening all over the world. We all can be Keepers of Bees by being seed savers, planting indigenous flowering plants or  by becoming one of the  increasing number of people learning to be  hobby or backyard beekeeper.  These people  are sincere in wanting to help the honey bee and make a difference. This growth in numbers has also made the backyard beekeeper a target for the next marketing ploy, as they present an Opportunity. Lots of concerned people of goodwill, who perhaps, do not know all of the facts, is a ripe target for this predatorship  to manifest.

The first example we have is the FLOW HIVE  TM. Everyone has seen the ads, seen the tap and the happy child waiting for their honey jar to be filled with honey. No more disturbing of the bees, just crank and pull and take away your honey. A pure mechanistic approach to the new Factory Hive. Only a Predator looks at the living superorganism of the Hive as a factory for honey  which they can “harvest” and consume as they wish. You can even have multiple taps and hoses to “tap” the honey —-like a maple syrup operation. Let’s take a closer look at why this is not a good idea. In an era where battery chickens are now seen as unacceptable by most of us, why on earth would we accept the same mentality for a living bee hive? Look past the priestcrafted words and investigate deeper into what is really going on. As backyard beekeepers, creating islands of sanctuary for the bees, until the world once again becomes connected to the living beings and species which sustain our very life on this planet; we need to be careful to not be used by the profit -making -industry, to compromise the great work that we all  have done in saving the honey bee.

Let’s look inside of this superorganism of the hive:

The hive has combs of wax cells which the Queen fills with eggs to create baby bees and which the worker bees fill with honey and pollen stores so the house bees can feed the young and the Queen and create a larder for winter. This honeycomb is equivalent to the skeleton in your body and it is the skeleton of the hive itself, which holds the superorganism of the colony . All life within the hive takes place on these wax combs which the bees love to make. . The bees vibrate the comb made from their own wax for communication within the hive, similar to our nervous system messages, and they also have birth and dance on the wax comb. If you use foundation sheets of wax, you will often find the bottoms of the foundation sheets nibbled free from the wooden frame so the vibrations for their “messaging system” can work best. This will never happen on the ridged plastic frame, unless of course the bees are given false teeth in the future. Besides the poisons and chemicals, factory- Queen- raising and other stressors which are causing the demise of the honey bee; the ever evolving Commodification of the Factory Hive continues to help bring great peril to the bees. The plastic frames is what commercial beekeepers put inside of their hives to save time and money. The plastic frames are colder in temperature than the wax ones and it makes a cold bridge within the hive in the winter. The plastic frames are ridged and no longer allow the bees to naturally communicate through vibration. The living skeleton of the hive body has been replaced with a plastic part instead. This Thought Form alone is going to come back to bite us all if we don’t start to See the basic disrespect for life such “transgenic thoughts” hold towards nature and all life. The plastic frame is unethical and turns the hive into an assembly line. The Queen Excluder used in these hives keeps the Queen from living and moving within the entire superorganism, which is her home . The new Factory Flow HiveTM has a plastic frame inside of it where the bees can do nothing but put honey into the man -made cells and then what it does , when you crank the handle,is that the separated sections of the plastic frame cells crack open and you break the transgenic- skeleton of the hive. The honey runs out and then the bees can once more continue their enslaved work on those frames and fill them up again for the next Fill Up with your honey jar.

And the second example to compromise the life enhancing work of the backyard beekeeper is the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture’s new policy to
pay a high percentage of the costs for you to buy new hives or split your own hives and then take them to commercial farms for “Pollination Services”. We assume these
subsidies have been made to commercial beekeepers before now, however the new target of small backyard beekeepers with 2 to 9 hives is new. It is basically
tempting the backyard beekeeper with money to compromise their bees and start to think about the enslavement of the honey bee for a “profit”. The islands of
sanctuary which backyard beekeepers are providing for the honey bee is now being seen as not to small to target…………how interesting. Oh,by the way, the backyard beekeeper who just keeps his bees for honey is not qualified for funding in this program. Only if you wish to compromise and commodify  your hives are you funded.

Please be advised – backyard beekeepers are seen as a target for unethical beekeeping practices .