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January 12, 2018
2018 Package details

Package delivery dates are not yet set. We are aiming for the first half of April, and will be able to dial in closer on those specifics over the coming weeks. This year we will be bringing in the same Carniolan genetics as last year- as well as the Quebecs. All packages will be 4 […]

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January 19, 2017
Spring 2017

Okay, so maybe it's not Spring yet, but it sounds a whole lot better than "Will this bitter cold ever end?", or "30 below zero on a Dark January Day". Cold or not, Spring will be here before we know it, and it's time to start planning ahead. We have some exciting changes coming up! […]

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March 25, 2016
Making Sugar Syrup

Feeding your girls in the spring is necessary in Alaska as there isn't typically a naturally available source of nectar when they arrive. Here's how I make sugar syrup. This recipe is easy to modify for any size batch without measuring anything! Start with a pot that is the approximate volume of syrup you want […]

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April 19, 2012
Ziploc bag feeding

  Here's a quick clip showing how (in my opinion) to best feed your hungry packages in the spring. The feeding shim is simply a spacer between your brood chamber and inner cover. This spacer creates room for a gallon-sized Ziploc bag of sugar syrup. I prefer this method for a few different reasons. First […]

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February 25, 2012
Thinking about keeping your own bees?

If you're on the fence about it, jump on over! The grass is about as green, but the gardens and flowers buzzing with your own personal army is amazing! Package prices and dates have been set, and if you haven't placed your order yet, it is time! 4lb. packages will arrive April 7th and 14th. […]

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November 29, 2011
Not so Funny Honey

China is at it again, and Americans are fairly clueless as to what is they are actually eating. Chinese honey has long since been banned from importation into the US, but they have found countless ways to circumvent this ban. The latest is in the form of pollen-stripping. This makes determining the origin of the […]

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November 28, 2011
"All Alaskan" or "Made in Alaska" ?

As I peruse the craft bazaars, brimming with local artists who sell their wares, I am increasingly disheartened to witness the false advertising and labeling that occurs. Many people have jumped on the "buy local" and "Alaska Grown" bandwagon. Sadly, as many are (very successfully I might add) exploiting those good folks who attempt to […]

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March 15, 2011
Are You Ready?

I’ve gotten a number of calls the last week or two from folks asking if it’s too late to get bees this year. Although some package bee suppliers have stopped taking orders, there are several more that are still taking them. In fact, some lower 48 suppliers ship to Alaska clear into May! I personally […]

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April 22, 2010
Hiving Entertainment

Have you ever seen an observation hive? It’s a vertical hive with plexiglass walls. You can watch the workers bring in pollen and daintily scrape it off their hind legs into a cell, see the queen lay eggs, watch brood hatch out, all the things that you just don’t get to see in a regular […]

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April 20, 2010
Package Day

Once again, package day has come and gone. Although we got home with all the bees safe and sound, it was not without entertainment! As usual, I overextended myself, and stayed up all night long the night before. Unable to turn down those extra equipment orders, and wondering if the neighbors were bothered by the sound of the saws […]

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