Alex Happily Provides Honey to the People!
An image from along the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids, IA. January 2019
A Pollination Holding Yard — Three truckloads from another Iowa beekeeper!
Alex and I have been living the beekeeper’s working vacation in Phoenix at the AHPA meeting. This is the January moment when the American Honey Producers Association holds a conference somewhere warm. Alex got a gold star for wearing a bee shirt at the conference today! This is the fiftieth celebration for the organization. There […]
We are excited to adventure into 2019! It is going to be an exciting year for certain. All aspects of our activities seem to be going through some changes that seem to be for the better . . . hopefully we feel the same at the end of the year! One of the happy events […]
We are making the leap into the world of migratory beekeeping this winter. On Wednesday we loaded up the girls to spend the winter in northern California to prepare them for the almond pollination that arrives in February. They should arrive at their destination today, and then they will be able to fly in temperatures […]
Big happy news from bee land–the first parts of a new building for the Mount Vernon property arrived the other day! The expansion in our apicultural pursuits has overwhelmed the storage space over the past few years, so our friends at Wick Buildings and Path Construction have the posts and form material to get the […]
Last week some of the bees got pulled from several yards. Here are Andria and Wynne proud of loading them up and strapping them down! Nice work! Peaceful Bees Loaded Up! And we are still feeding awfully hard. It’s incredible how much support they need after being shut inside for weeks earlier than usual. Temps […]
We finished the latest round on the bee circuit last Friday. That did involve getting the truck stuck at one location at the bottom of a long hill, but fortunately the landowner was near at hand with his tracked skid steer from our friends at Caterpillar. That was a very short term holdup, and I […]
We are in another week-long stretch of excessive cool precipitation. A few days ago it was decent enough for some moderate pollen collection, but not really an opportunity for the fall flood of proteins that make late brood rearing a well-nourished operation. This is the first fall where I’m regretting not putting out pollen patties […]