Beekeeping Business Goals for 2014

Now that Ed has retired we have begun enlarging our operation to 200 hives. In addition we are reworking our business and marketing plans to reflect our new business goals. Lastly we are continuing our queen rearing operation and next year our goal is to produce 1,000 queens. Since 2003 we have been using Russian … Read more

Check your Queens during Introduction

My recent experience with 20 new queens I think illustrates why it is a good idea to check your queens during introduction. I had gone away for the Easter weekend, leaving all 20 Strachan New World Carniolan queens caged in the new splits.  On Monday morning with Gary, my helper, we began the inspections, starting … Read more

Honeybee Survival

Coming out of the 2012-2013 winter we experienced our worst bee loss in 17 years. It was a blow to us – our operation’s honeybee survival was at stake. Coming out of the prior 10 winters our average winter loss was always between 10-20% and that was with bees which had never been treated. We … Read more

New World Carniolan 2014 Breeder Queen

We confirmed last weekend that our New World Carniolan 2014 Breeder Queen will arrive the 1st week in May. This will be our sixth year that we will be bringing in a Carniolan Breeder queen from Sue Cobey. Mary has grown quite fond of the New World Carniolan queens; she finds them to be quite … Read more

NJ Beekeeping Internship for 2014

Mary and Abby inspecting Freeman Bottom board. We have a NJ Beekeeping Internship available for 2014. You will learn how to manage the Carniolan honeybee and rear queens. Our Beekeeping Internship is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience managing bees in a natural way and also to learn how to raise queens. Read our … Read more

Winter Nuc Preparation

For the last four years we have been using the following Winter Nuc preparation method. We first heard about preparing Winter Nucs during a talk Kirk Webster made at a local beekeeping organization; our method has been slightly modified from Kirk’s. In the early Spring winter nucs which have survived are quite vibrant and ready … Read more

Beekeeping Internship for 2014

We are taking applications for our Beekeeping Internship for 2014. You will learn how to manage the Carniolan honeybee and how to rear queens. For the past 6  years we have listed our Beekeeping internship on the NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Project Internship and Apprenticeships Web Site. Our Beekeeping Internship is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience … Read more

Honeybee Winter Feeding with Sugar Candy

Charlie Toth in Somerset, NJ has been making & selling 5-pound hard sugar-candy blocks for Honeybee winter feeding. He wraps his blocks in butcher paper. The best way to add a sugar candy block to the hive is as follows: Use only on hives where the cluster is in the top super Build a 3 … Read more

2013 Beekeeping Internship

We will be taking beekeeping  internship applications for the 2013 season for an intern  to assist us in all areas of our beekeeping business For the last five beekeeping seasons we have had the services of a young person interested in gaining experience in beekeeping. An extra set of willing hands is greatly appreciated in … Read more

Winter & Honeybees

The winter may be the most challenging time for honeybees in the northern climates. This winter has already thrown more at us than most years do.   We try to prepare for typical weather events in advance by adding extra heavy blocks on tops, and solid bottoms below, plus feeding if necessary.  But falling trees are … Read more