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Monday, March 7, 2011

NEWSFLASH: Insecticides harm bees!

You'd think there are some things we'd not need five scientists and several studies for.  Apparently, this isn't one of them.  Yes, insecticides (especially when applied by the millions of pounds nationally) do indeed harm bees.

But, here's the good news:  if we quit using them, things get better.

How about that?

Hive Building Workday

Despite the dreary weather, bee season is just a flower-hop away and we'll soon be building another batch of hives in preparation for it.

This year we're building both Warre and Kenya-style top-bar hives of Western Red Cedar.  Cost of materials for a Kenya-style hives is around $60.  The Warre hives run about $75.

If you'd like a hive this year and are willing to lend a hand, please give email me at ASAP to get your order in.  I'll need to know no later than the end of this week to be able to help.

We'll likely start our  building efforts the following Sunday, March 20.  Once we finalize the order, I'll send a follow-on email out to nail down the time/date for building.

No particular skills other than enthusiasm are required to help out!