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Natural Beekeeping Q&A in Katoomba

October 8, 2014 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 0 comments | Author:

Hey Blue Mountains crew! Just a note that Tim is squeezing in a morning’s Q&A on November 15th at Katoomba. Like our city Q&A, this will be a great chance to ask those burning beekeeping questions you have AND meet … Continued


Snowy times at Tim’s Warre Apiary

July 23, 2014 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 3 comments | Author:

One of the gorgeous features of a Warré Hive is their cute gabled roofs. In Australia, those gables help primarily with insulating the hive from extreme heat (and therefore lowering colony stress) by providing circulation. The Warré Hive was, however, … Continued


Keeping Stingless Bees in the City

June 10, 2014 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping, Raise It | 12 comments | Author:

More than ever, the world is waking up to the importance of bees in our ecology. More and more folk are exploring beekeeping, whether it’s for the honey harvest, the extra pollination of our food thanks to those bees working … Continued


Urban Stingless Beehive: harvesting and splitting

October 18, 2013 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 13 comments | Author:

Australian native stingless bees are similar to european honeybees in many ways, but they’re also very different, too. This week I was lucky enough to attend a harvest and a hive split of these amazing social insects, in a inner-city … Continued


Natural Beekeeping Q&A next weekend in Sydney

August 23, 2013 | Beekeeping, Courses + Workshops, Natural Beekeeping | 1 comments | Author:

Being a beginner beekeeper involves asking an awful lot of questions. In a good way. You are, after all, taking on the stewardship of a super-organism composed of between 20 and 60,000 individual bees. In light of the constant stream … Continued


Drawing the comb downwards (video)

July 17, 2013 | Beekeeping, Farming, Natural Beekeeping, Video | 9 comments | Author:

This is a great little video from Gaia Bees, an American natural beekeeper doing some very interesting work in bee colony resilience and apicentric beekeeping. The super interesting thing about this video is that it clearly shows how, in a … Continued


Researching: solar-powered beeswax extractors

July 1, 2013 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 15 comments | Author:

Once you start natural beekeeping with Warré hives, you can look forward to your first honey harvest. Harvesting from a Warré hive means crushing frames of luscious honeycomb to remove the honey. That is, if you don’t eat all your harvest straight up as … Continued


A peek inside a stingless beehive…

June 8, 2013 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 22 comments | Author:

‘Sugarbag bees’ are the common name for Australia’s native and social stingless bees, which home themselves in hollow logs and produce these amazing hexagonal spiral combs to rear their baby bees in. These stingless bees can also be kept in … Continued


Checking the bees and hoping for honeyflows

March 15, 2013 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 10 comments | Author:

The other day Tim Malfroy, our mate and esteemed Warré beekeeper, came over to talk bees and check the Milkwood hives. We had hoped to split our two Warré hives into four colonies this season, but it looks like we’re … Continued


The Sun Hive: experimental Natural Beekeeping

March 5, 2013 | Animal Systems, Animals, Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping, Permaculture, Raise It | 58 comments | Author:

Sun Hives are a hive design coming out of Germany and now gathering interest in Britain. They’re part of the world-wide movement towards ‘apicentric’ beekeeping – beekeeping that prioritizes honeybees firstly as pollinators, with honey production being a secondary goal. … Continued


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