NATURAL BEEKEEPING TWO DAY WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS

IT IS TIME FOR US AT BELLO UCCELLO  TO COME OUT OF HIBERNATION ,FOR SPRING HAS ARRIVED EARLY THIS YEAR, AND ONE OF OUR HIVES HAS BEEN FLYING AROUND FOR AT LEAST THE LAST TWO MONTHS!  AMAZING!

A VERY SERIOUS DECISION HAD TO BE MADE BY US THIS WINTER ,DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE BLUEBERRY PRODUCER NEAR US EXPANDED HIS OPERATION AND NOTIFIED US OF HIS INTENTIONS TO USE CHEMICALS ON HIS BLUEBERRY PLANTS THIS YEAR. THE BLUEBERRY INDUSTRY IS EXPANDING THROUGHOUT OUR PROVINCE AND WITH THE LARGE SCALE MONO-CROP OPERATIONS COMES THE DISEASES AND PESTS PROBLEMS WHICH CONVENTIONAL FARMING USUALLY DEALS WITH BY APPLYING TOXINS/CHEMICALS TO THEIR CROP. ALTHOUGH WE SPRAY OUR APIARY WITH A  PROTECTIVE LIFE ENHANCING, NATURAL  PREPARATION, WE DID NOT  FEEL WE COULD TAKE THE RISK OF  HAVING THE HONEYBEES  EXPOSED TO THE IMMUNE- SYSTEM STRESSORS OF CHEMICALS AND/OR POSSIBLE TOXINS.

SO   ONE EARLY MARCH MORNING WE HAD A FRIEND ARRIVE  WITH HIS TRAILER AT THE APIARY AND USING CARRYING STRAPS, KLAUS AND I LIFTED THE HIVES (very heavy hives!) ONTO THE TRAILER AND ABANDONED THE BEAUTIFUL APIARY. IT IS VERY FORTUNATE FOR US THAT WE OWNED  A FACILITY AND LAND FURTHER ALONG ST MARYS BAY, WHERE WE HAD ONE HIVE ALREADY ESTABLISHED SINCE JUNE 17TH LAST YEAR. BY MID AFTERNOON THE NEW APIARY WAS ESTABLISHED AND THE BEES HIVES, STILL COVERED AND SEALED, SAT IN THEIR NEW HOME, WAITING FOR THE SUN.

WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THIS CHANGE IN LOCATION HAS AFFORDED US THE “EXCUSE” NEEDED TO VISIT OUR COMFORTABLE COTTAGE WITH NO PHONES OR ANY “LIST OF THINGS TO DO” AND JUST ENJOY A COUPLE OF HOURS OF VISITING THE BEES AND ENJOYING THE QUIET.  IN A CONTEMPLATIVE MOMENT WE WONDERED WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF WE DID  NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF ANOTHER PROPERTY WHERE WE COULD ESTABLISH A SYMBIOTIC LIFESTYLE WITH THE HONEYBEES . WHAT  OTHER THREATS ARE  BEING FACED BY  ORGANIC/BIODYNAMIC BEEKEEPERS?

IT SEEMS THE PLANET IS GETTING VERY VERY SMALL FOR PROVIDING  THE SPACE NEEDED FOR THE HONEYBEE TO LIVE.

TODAY THE HIVES ARE HUMMING WITH ACTIVITY AND GRAY, GREEN AND BRIGHT YELLOW POLLEN IS BEING DELIVERED BY THE VERY BUSY WORKER BEES.  BY THE WEIGHT OF THE HIVES THEY STILL HAVE LOTS OF HONEY AND POLLEN STORES INSIDE, BUT ONE THING WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THE HONEYBEE – THEY LOVE TO STORE THE FOOD BEST OF ALL.

THE STRAW THAT WE PLACED INSIDE THE COVERS FOR THE WINTER DID A GREAT JOB, AS THERE APPEARS TO BE NO  CONDENSATION ON THE INSIDE COVER OF THE HIVE.  THE  BLUE STYROFOAM INSULATION ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE HIVE ON THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST SIDE WAS REALLY EFFECTIVE ALSO.

NATURAL BEEKEEPING WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS

GILBERTS COVE, DIGBY CO., NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA

THIS YEAR WE WILL BE HOLDING A  NATURAL BEEKEEPERS

WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS BASED ON BIODYNAMIC BEEKEEPING PRACTICES  AT OUR APIARY, ON SATURDAY, MAY 26TH AND SUNDAY, MAY  27TH.  IN THE TWO FULL DAYS YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THE LIFE OF THE HONEYBEE, INSPECT A HIVE, LEARN TO ASSEMBLE A HIVE, DISCOVER PRACTICES WHICH ENHANCE THE HEALTH OF YOUR HIVE WITHOUT THE USE OF CHEMICALS,VISIT THE HONEY HOUSE AND EXTRACT HONEY AND ACQUIRE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE WHICH WILL BE HELPFUL TO YOU, AS YOU BECOME A KEEPER OF BEES.

AS WE DID LAST YEAR, THERE WILL BE LOTS OF ORGANIC COFFEE AND TEA WITH HOMEMADE MUFFINS AND  LUNCHES AND SNACKS PROVIDED EACH DAY AS PART OF THE  WORKSHOP FEE.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE WRITE TO KLAUSSHIRLEY.LANGPOHL@GMAIL.COMImage

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