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Bees on the Road 2019

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We got our first truckload of bees on the road last week. We are getting better at handling them as we get more experienced. It still seems somewhat out of body that we are in the almond pollination picture. We resisted going that direction for quite a few years before deciding it was a crucial […]

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The Mite Fright (and Fight).

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The image above is the last yard we harvested in 2019, and we always give a mite treatment on the day of harvest. It’s a time when the hives are already open, and it’s essential to get the sequence underway as quickly as possible in late summer. These particular hives were all singles that weren’t […]

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Adios California!!!

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It felt fitting to snap a farewell shot of the driveway into the almond orchard where I’ve been putting in my days recently. I have no fondness or talent for selfies featuring myself, so apologies for any shortcoming in my technique! As I last mentioned, the bees are looking pretty respectable right now. Around two […]

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All Aboard! Off for Sunny California

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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 […]