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

Black Widdah…

Found a little friend hiding under a bottom board a few weeks ago.  These spiders LOVE honeybees.  She was massive & had a rather large egg sack that she was protecting.  Remember to wear gloves or be very careful reaching up under your hives!

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Back to Business

So I looked up this morning & realized that it has been over six months since I’ve had/taken the time to obtain a blog post written. Such is life. Alot can happen in half a year, & alot has! Junior year of Dental School has a reputation of being one of the most difficult, exhausting & demanding challenges that a person can experience. Having been through that grinder I can concur! But as things with school wind down my commitment to my bees is again becoming more of a focus & many tremendous things have been happening in the Apiary; just an overview for now & I’ll spend some time getting more in depth later. I have started queen rearing again & will be having queens & nucs available in the spring; I’ve expanded the yard accordingly & have added another dozen working hives. I’v moreover been experimenting with a new rearing method & have had tremendous success; I’ll make an extensive post as I go back into rearing this coming Spring. Harvest went well this past season, 16 buckets from 10 working hives! The book is coming along; I have an outline pretty well established & a few chapters fleshed out; if you’ve never used Dragon software to write you should try it; it’s been key to getting that far! The intermediate/advanced beekeeping class is still in the works. Given my schedule the next year & the effect the seasons have on the bees activity & productivity it makes sense to me to start the course just after harvest in July or August & run through the following year. At least this is what seems to make the most sense as I finalize getting the lessons written & the course organized. So my apologies for putting the blog on the furthest back burner; I’ve been a busy little bee. This semester is the edge of the cliff, once we complete finals December 10th the course load falls of substantially & we spend the majority of our remaining months here in clinic. Look forward to my bee-life returning to normal; I certainly do!

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!!

Update on Nucs

I am currently sold out of nucs & am taking orders for May delivery. As of today I have dates open for May !8th & May 25th, which will be the final dates for Spring. Depending on my schedule I may not have nucs available this Fall. I’ll have a better idea closer to the end of July & will post info here on my blog & will moreover place a ad in Farmers & Consumers if I am going to be able to have Fall nucs this year.

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!

UBER Bee!!

I have had several request to share my recipe for UBER Bee & have finally caved!  Enjoy & may your bees be UBER too!

Ingredients:

8-10 cups sugar

40-50 drops Lemongrass oil

40-50 drops Spearmint oil

30-40 drops White Thyme oil

2-3 tablespoons Lecithin

Directions:

Fill a gallon container roughly half full with sugar (8-10 cups).  Fill approximately 2 cups short of topping off with boiling water, shake well to completely dissolve the sugar & let sit overnight or until at room temperature.  Place approximately 2 cups of water in a small sauce pan & heat on high until just before boiling.  Reduce the heat to medium & add the lecithin.  Keep at a very low boil, stirring constantly, until the lecithin is completely dissolved.  Remove from heat & allow to rad for half an hour.  Add the dissolved lecithin to the gallon container of sugar water & shake to mix fully.  Add the essential oils, shake again.  Keep refrigerated & shake vigorously before using.  Add this mixture to your sugar water feed in a roughly one to two ounces per gallon ratio,.

Notes:

Lecithin & the essential oils can be found in most health food store.  Lecithin acts as an emulsifier to bind the essential oils & can be usually purchased in small quantities & is usually processed into small yellow beads. It must be kept refrigerated.  The essential oils are volatile & will evaporate quite easily so be sure that your mixture is room temp before you add them.  I’ve added photos so you have a visual to go on.  If you are in the Savannah area these ingredients can be purchased at Brighter Day Natural Foods at the end of Forsyth Park.

A small beg like this as approximately $2 & will last several years.

Lecithin granules as they come in bulk.Lemongrass, Spearmint & White Thyme oils

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