Planting the Right Garden for Pollinators

TweetFor bees, their forage or food supply consists of nectar and pollen from blooming plants within flight range (2 – 3 mile radius).  The source for nectar and pollen differ with the region, season, and vegetation.  So, before you begin to plant…..check out...
Project Bees – Hive Construction Underway

Project Bees – Hive Construction Underway

TweetMarch 2017 Project Bees is preparing hives to distribute before the 3 lb boxes of bees (approx. 6,000 to 10,000 per box) are picked up from Dadant in Chatham Virginia on April 17th . Dadant Beekeeping and Honey Bees has been in business since 1863 and the family...
Honeybee Democracy

Honeybee Democracy

TweetFebruary 2017 Elizabeth Hill, economist/beekeeper, gave a presentation at the Beekeeping Certification course ( through the College of Agriculture and Sustainability and Environmental Science at UDC) on The Biology of Honeybees and Colonies: Queen, Worker,...

Reasons to Keep Bees

TweetThere are many reasons to keep bees. Here are the main reasons people keep them: Honey Production – Honey is the human race’s oldest sweet. A new keeper should NOT expect to harvest any substantial honey until at least the colony’s second or third year. Leave it...

Robbing: Q&A

TweetWhat is robbing? Robbing is a term used to describe honey bees that are invading another hive and stealing the stored honey. The robbing bees rip open capped cells, fill their honey stomachs, and ferry the goods back home. They will fight the resident bees to get...