SCAA Expo 2016 Recap

Every year, our Food 4 Farmers crew always plans for SCAA Expo and Re:Co with high energy and spirit. It’s a unique opportunity that brings together all stakeholders from the coffee industry, and a time when we can advocate personally for…

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Meet the Board Series: Kayd Whalen

Food 4 Farmers has a gifted board of directors who work diligently to further the mission of helping coffee farmers through the tough months of seasonal hunger. These “Thin Months” of food shortages occur every year, when income from coffee…

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Why Are Bees Good for Coffee?

Bees are good for coffee producers, their families, and communities in coffee-growing regions. Coffee-growing regions are good sites for honey bees, as plant diversity within the coffee farm offer excellent floral resources for honeybees. Coffee flowers produce sugary, high quality…

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Bee-visionary, Bill Mares

I’d like to give a little history on our Café y Miel project. It began seven years ago with a sobering discovery by Rick Peyser of Green Mountain Coffee while on a trip to the origins of coffee production in…

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The Basics of Bees

Knowledge about bee biology is key to successful beekeeping. A bee colony has three types of bees: two female castes (a single queen and many workers), and a male bee – the drone. Queens are specialized females, laying eggs to…

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Bee Products for Income

Honey bees can be an important source of nutritional or medicinal products, and/or income. Honey is the main product from honey bee keeping, providing dietary carbohydrate (sugar) and a variety of medicinal products. On average, beekeepers harvest about 50 pounds…

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The Bee Market

Bees maintained with modern culture methods in manmade hives readily produce harvestable amounts of honey and other bee products. Beekeepers looking to establish and build local markets for their products can market directly in local communities, or sell directly to…

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Bee Tools and Equipment

Basic equipment for commercial beekeeping consists of wooden boxes to house the bee colony, with a special base giving bees an area for entry and exit. Inside these boxes, wooden frames outline and contain beeswax combs in which bees raise…

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The Cycle of the Beehive

Bee colony life history is an annual cycle that syncs with bee forage resources. During the rainy season, colonies are smallest; at this time, beekeepers may supplement with sugar feeding. As the season changes, supplementary sugar syrup feeding stimulates colony…

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Bee Swarms

Swarming is a natural behavior of honey bees. Bees swarm as they outgrow their existing homesite. A swarm consists of a single queen and a large population of workers who have left the homesite, clustering temporarily on a tree limb,…

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