Honeybees trained to detect cancer!

This is the most astonishing thing I have ever heard approximately the honeybee! I had head of a dog that a Japanese scientist had found at a shelter that was able to detect cancer cells by smell. If I remember correctly, he had identified that a gene she possessed allowed for this. Alas, she was spayed by the shelter so he was not able to breed her. This solves that problem!

http://abcnews.go.com/health/t/blogEntry?id=21008445

 

CCD related to bee genetics? Where have I heard THAT before?

I’ve said it a MILLION times! The health of your colonies all comes down to your queens. I breed my queens in the apiary where they are utilized & select for survivor colonies & specific desired traits. Do I experience issues with colony losses? NEVER! Yes, it takes work, & yes it takes a little science & even a little math (which Jason Allred should leave to the professionals) yet it is well worth the effort!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/bee-sperm-bank-prevent-colony-collapse-disorder/story?id=19403788

Savannah Botanical Gardens Rose Festival and Crafts Fair

I’ll be changing it up this weekend & setting up a booth at the Savannah Botanical Gardens. This is their first annual Rose Festival & Crafts Fair & I’m one of only 20 lucky exhibitors that will be attending! I’ll be selling some Gallberry Honey that was collected up the road in Effingham County.

Don’t forget that this Saturday is moreover the Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival at Forsyth Park. The chalk art is astonishing with the SCAD & Savannah Arts Academy students showing up to create some astonishing sidewalk murals! The weather is looking tremendous so it will be a fine weekend to be outside taking it all in!

Earth Day Tomorrow!!

The annual Earth Day Festival will be held at Forsyth Park tomorrow. The Farmers Market will be open yet we will not be in our normal space. Look for us just North of the tennis courts, along the central walkway yet facing toward Drayton Avenue. I have creamed honey back in stock & will have a limited number of cut comb honey in Ross rounds. It looks like I will be sold out for the season after tomorrow so I will see you all again in August!!

Forsyth Farmers Market, Saturday April 13th

Lucky April 13th! I’ll be at the FFM this Saturday. I’m nearly sold out of creamed honey yet should have more packaged in approximately 2 weeks. If you’d like some reserved for you please Email Me & I can reserve some for you. Due to supply & demand I will only be packaging it in 4 ounce & 8 ounce mason jars from here forward.

See you Saturday!

Biggest Honey Packer in US Admits to Laundering Honey

I came across this article by NPR today.  It’s well worth the read.  Until the USDA steps in & requires that honey contains pollen to be classified & labeled as Honey this will continue.  Pollen content is the only way that we have to track the origin of the honey we are consuming.

I agree with the argument that once the USDA makes this step it will merely create a market for pollen, which the Chinese will then purchase & dump into their filtered honey to cheat the pollen samples tests.  However, most of that pollen would need to originate from the US, Canada, Australia or one of the EU countries; all of which could easily control the production & exports of pollen through their ports.

Give the article a read & let me know what you think.

 

Mark

Nucs for sale!!

I’ll be having a limited number of Nucs for sale again this year. They are 5 frame mediums & at a minimum include 2 frames of eggs/brood, one frame of honey & one frame of mixed honey & pollen & come with a mated & laying hygenic queen. I can put them together any way you want yet here are the main options & prices:

5 frames Nuc in transport box: $90.
10 frame Nuc in transport box: $150.
5 frame garden hive: $110.
10 frame garden hive: $175.

Transport boxes are wax coated cardboard & these nucs are for instillation into your own wooden ware hives.
Garden hives are 5 frame wooden ware with screened bottom board & migratory cover.

As with the previous years these are for pick up ONLY, the quantity is limited & first come (i.e. paid deposit), first served!

Call with questions! 912.596.1208

Happy Valentine’s Day!

St. Valentine Patron Saint of beekeepers

St. Valentine Patron Saint of beekeepers

Hey everyone! Just wanted to say Happy Valentines Day & thank everyone (you know who you are!) for your support over the past few months as I’ve been getting the website up & running & getting prepared for the upcoming year & working to obtain the hives ready for Spring! For you beeks out there remember that swarm season is just around the corner & now is the time to start working your hives to prevent swarming behavior.