5 Things I Learned My First Month as a Beekeeper

beekeepingAfter attending beekeeping classes at Lehman’s, a beekeeping convention in Wooster, and watching countless YouTube videos, I knew about as many beekeeping basics as I thought was possible without actually getting my hands on my bees. Finally, they came! It was an exciting and a bit of a nerve-racking experience to pick them up and get them home, but watching the beekeepers where we got them handle them with ease, I tried to just stay calm and do in real life what I had been envisioning for the last several months. Installation was so fun and interesting. Though not without some trouble, the bees got in and got fed, and I’ve loved watching them work. Continue reading

Beekeeping Class for Beginners at Lehman’s

Beekeeping SuppliesKnowing that keeping honey bees was the next endeavor my family and I wanted to take on our homesteading journey, it was time to start learning! I watched YouTube videos, got some beekeeping books, and looked for classes. Of course, Lehman’s had a beekeeping class coming up, so that was a perfect opportunity for me to look at actual equipment, talk to an experienced beekeeper, and take a novel’s worth of notes! Continue reading

Buzz Worthy Skin Care and Candles You’ll Love!

What happens when you mix up a beekeeping dad, an enterprising stay-at-home mom and a whole lotta leftover beeswax? Fantastic natural products you can feel great about using! Continue reading

How Amish Beehives Came to Lehman’s

Amish-made beehives recently arrived at Lehman’s, and how we found them is a unique, not your run-of-the-mill tale, one that involves handwritten letters, friendly honeybees, and of course, Sal. Continue reading

Family Beekeeping: Make A Plan for Next Year

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Beekeeping is becoming very popular these days.  Part of the reason is that many people want to get back to the land, grow their own food, and be self sufficient.   Another reason is because the bees are dying, and people want to help.  We’ve all heard about it.  It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder.

The disappearance of bees is frightening because we depend on them for pollination.  It is interesting to note, however, that honey bees are not native to the United States.  They were imported from Europe by the early settlers.  Will we still have food if all the honey bees disappear?  Yes, but not nearly as much.  Honeybees have greatly enhanced our ability to raise large quantities of fruits, nuts, and field crops — so losing them hurts.

Small, well-tended apiaries seem to have a better chance of survival, so it is heartening that many folks are getting involved in this fascinating pursuit.  In fact, many people keep bees in urban settings — even putting hives on roofs of buildings to keep the bees’ flight paths above traffic and away from nearby people. Continue reading

“But Why Bother?”

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I am a bit distracted. Our farmer’s market is well underway, and this isn’t my first season. Still, there are a lot of last minute things that have to be at, well, the last minute. Bread baking in particular has to be done just before we leave. I make a wonderful chocolate/caramel popcorn that is also best done no more than 24 hours before being consumed. What I have been doing is making jelly, jams, sauces and candy as well as finishing up some hand creams and salves. Labeling everything is the most time consuming part of all. Continue reading