The Intention of this Blog
is to share my adventure of repurposing my family farm into art space and re-rooting myself in an 'old fashioned' way of life with my folks, the original Do-It-Yourselfers. It is a platform for me to share with others the things that I learn as I apprentice myself to my parents and grandparents.
"You cannot express, whatever your walk in life, unless you have a system of expression; and you cannot have a system of expression unless you have a prior system of cognate thinking and feeling; and you cannot have a system of thinking and feeling unless you have had a basic system of living." -Louis Sullivan "The Kindergarten Chats: The Art of Expression: 1"
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Category Archives: Beekeeping
few weeks ago, my brother in law, Dan, noticed a shocking addition to the hives at the farm while checking up on them. These black beetles are known as hive beetles and usually aren’t a problem in the north as … Continue reading
f you’re headed to the Minnesota State Fair tomorrow, you can check out my brother Joe the Melissophile as he dons a beard of bees! 1:30pm on Wednesday the 28th in the Horticulture Building on the fairgrounds. Don’t worry, he … Continue reading
esterday I helped my brother-in-law Dan check the hives at the farm he’s taking over from my brother Joe. Now is supposed to be the time of year that the bees fill up a lot of frames with honey, but … Continue reading
few weeks ago, while checking out the beehives, Joe pointed out bees that were ‘hatching’ from their cells! Baby bees, or newly emerged adult bees rather, have an extra furry look making them look a little skeleton like: Joe was … Continue reading
oe has been teaching me a little bit about pheromones used by bees. The pheromones of the honey bee are mixtures of chemical substances released by individual bees into the hive or environment that cause changes in the physiology and behaviour of other … Continue reading
ell, since my brother Joe choose not to treat the colonies last fall for mites when we found they were dangerously infested, but to see what nature’s course produced, they died during the winter because of the amount of mites, … Continue reading