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From Iron Oak Farm.
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 »
It’s candle season! Time to fill our homes with the scents of everything pumpkin spice, cinnamon stick, and caramel apple cider. But before you light those wicks it’s important to know what’s in your candle. Candles used to be an essential part of everyday life. Especially as we move into the fall and winter, the […]Read more »
Whenever we get a new package of bees, before we begin working with them, we spray them with a 1:1 ratio of water and dissolved sugar. This calms the bees and allows you to maneuver them into the hive while keeping them docile. It’s not a good idea to use a smoker with a […]Read more »
Bees are mesmerizing. One of my favorite things to do is sit out by our hive and watch the bees bringing back pollen. Even this small glimpse into their world…only that ledge of coming and going is fascinating. In today’s world of sharing our lives via the internet, beekeepers feel the draw to document […]Read more »
The smoker makes the beekeeper’s relationship with honey bees much, much more civil. Without the smoker, beekeepers would suffer many more stings during a hive inspection. More stings equate to more bee deaths so all around, the smoker is a good thing. What is a smoker? A smoker is a tool used by beekeepers […]Read more »