Category: Bees

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Where did the summer go…

With the Labor Day holiday now just a memory, I wonder where has the summer gone. Looking back I realize just how much has happen in just a few short months. Since May, four crias have been born on the farm; one male Forrest and three females Echo, Anne and Scarlett. They have grown so much since May, Forrest who was born on May 21st now weighs in at 70 pounds while Scarlett our little girl is nearly 40 pounds each tripling their birth weight over the summer.

In July, we began selling at both the Rural Retreat and Independence farmer’s markets. Additionally, we completed the construction of our farm store and now operate it daily from 4-8 pm. Inside you can see Kim’s complete line of handmade alpaca hats, scarves, gloves and other unique items.  Tom has also stocked the shelves with some of his local honey, wooden bowls, and custom triangle weaving looms.

In August, we hosted a number of farm visits and put up nearly 200 bales of hay in preparation for the coming winter.  Mary Todd returned to our farm after a short vacation to Dreamland Alpacas.  As we anticipate the arrival of this years fifth cria in October,  Ms. Libby really began to show signs of her pregnancy in both size and demeanor.

With September’s arrival, we have begun weaning our cria, continued harvesting the last of this years honey flow and monitor our bees health as their winter begins much earlier.

 


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A Christmas Feast for the Bees

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Building more bee supers

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With all the rain we have had in the last few days working outside the barn has been impossible so I decided to build more bee supers. After checking my hives three days ago it was obvious that I need to add some more as they  have already filled the lower ones. With some luck now I should have a good harvest of honey in a few months.


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Installing the new bees

It was a good day to pick up my package of bees after waiting three months for them. My mentor Scott was there to make sure I did it correctly. He was also kind enough to give me two more swarms, giving me four hives. With a little work and a lot of luck I should be able to harvest 10 gallons or so of honey this year.