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Far Away Farms has 39 hives in 4 different locations within 30 minutes of our farm. The hives are made up of some Italian bees, Russian bees & a mix of both. We do not use any chemicals for treatments and do our best to place the hives in areas where there is very little or none at all of crop spraying.
My name is David Avvisato and am 48 years young. My true profession is in the landscaping business, but seven years ago my wife and myself tried our hand at small scale farming. We eventually found out that our area was lacking pollinators for the vegetables on our farm and purchased two hives and continue to add more every year. I thought my wife was crazy when she first wanted to start keeping bees, but it now has become our hobby.
Swarm Season Back when my wife and I first started keeping bees, everything was fine and dandy until swarm season came along. Since we were only keeping bees for two years, our experience with swarms was not much at all. During the first year of keeping bees, we only had two hives and never noticed if they had […]Read more »
For readers who live in areas of the country with winters as harsh as those in Northeastern Pennsylvania, colony loss is expected in the spring. As we try to grow our apiary from year to year, winter losses are always a disappointing setback. Two years ago we decided to not just replace the hives lost over the winter, but to […]Read more »
With some spring-like weather finally arriving in Northeastern Pennsylvania over the Easter weekend, my wife and I were finally able to break down our hives and switch the big supers from top to bottom. As I mentioned in the last column, we had wrapped some of our hives in black shrink wrap, some in the […]Read more »
Hello and welcome to The Backyard Buzz! My name is David Avvisato and along with my wife Anita we have been keeping bees for the past seven years in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Actually, I don’t know if we are really keeping bees or just providing temporary housing as they seem to come and go as they like, but […]Read more »