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From Iron Oak Farm.
Every Time I’ve ever heard anything about American Foulbrood I’ve always heard that the disease comes with an odor. And while this is correct, often, by the time you can detect an odor, the disease has advanced.
There are other ways of telling if you might have American Foulbrood in your hive.Read more »
Sometimes it feels like you need to be a lawyer or a chemist to make a simple trip to the grocery store. Wouldn’t it be nice if food was just food and we could read a label and take it at face value? But unfortunately that is not the case. In recent years many […]Read more »
Uncapping our honey harvest is probably the most satisfying job on our farm. Watching that luxurious curl of wax that slices off the frame and rolls away revealing the smooth golden honey is one of life’s great pleasures. There are several ways to uncap your honey frame. Whichever you choose, the end goal is […]Read more »
It’s amazing the way a beehive can have a personality. While the colony is made up of thousands of individual bees, it is the overall, collective demeanor of the group that makes it as if you are working with a single organism. If you have an overly-aggressive hive you can change the behavior of […]Read more »
The governor of Michigan just declared a State of Emergency for our state due to record-breaking low temperatures. As I write this post, it’s currently -6 degrees F with a wind-chill of -30. So worrying if our hive is overheated is really not a concern right now…quite the opposite. However, coming this spring, I will […]Read more »
When my husband first showed interest in beekeeping, one of my biggest fears is that we would accidentally end up with a “Killer Bee” colony. I had heard rumors of Killer Bee colonies coming up from states like Florida to the north. Images of bee swarms chasing us in angry pursuit and thousands of deadly […]Read more »
Any honey harvest is an exciting time, but our first is something I won’t likely forget! We’d been waiting and tending to our bees for almost 2 years…hoping, wondering and (frankly) worrying. But that first taste of golden nectar made it all worth it. Since our first harvest quite a few years ago, we’ve […]Read more »
Let me tell you, if you’re not cooking with cast iron you’re missing out! For years I was intrigued by cast iron but the care and “seasoning” process intimidated me. It seemed weird and unsanitary that you didn’t use soap to clean it. It also seemed like a pain in the neck to have to […]Read more »
We all know that beeswax makes great candles but did you know that it has many household uses? This is especially true in the movement away from commercially made cosmetics and cleaning products. Beeswax can be a useful ingredient to have around the home. What is beeswax? Beeswax is produced in 8 wax-producing […]Read more »