Category: Beekeeping2020-09-23T11:22:53-04:00

Category: Bee Keeping

  • Bill Mares

Thank You, Bill Mares!

August 29th, 2023|

Thank You, Bill Mares! After 12 years of extraordinary service, one of the pillars of Food 4 Farmers is retiring from the Board of Directors. Bill Mares joined the

  • The Call for TransFARMation

The Call for TransFARMation

July 10th, 2020|

Food and the way it’s produced has a dramatic impact on the environment, biodiversity, and food security. Overreliance on input-intensive agricultural systems has left budgets stretched, the environment battered,

Why Are Bees Good for Coffee?

February 18th, 2015|

  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

Bee-visionary, Bill Mares

July 18th, 2014|

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

The Basics of Bees

February 17th, 2014|

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

Bee Products for Income

February 16th, 2014|

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

The Bee Market

February 15th, 2014|

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

Bee Tools and Equipment

February 14th, 2014|

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

The Cycle of the Beehive

February 13th, 2014|

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.

Bee Swarms

February 12th, 2014|

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

Bee Stings

February 11th, 2014|

Bees sting to defend their nest and themselves when disturbed. Beekeeping requires perseverance — and tolerance to stings. Using personal protective equipment and a smoker will help, but beekeepers may

Bee Pests and Diseases

February 9th, 2014|

Bee and nest pests, along with disease-causing pathogens, seek bee products such as honey and beeswax as a resource. Food reserves, the bees themselves and their nests, all attract a

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