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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 … Read More


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 … Read More


Building bee resilience in the face of changing climate patterns

February 26, 2013 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 9 comments | Author:

This Summer has been downright weird, weather-wise. Which has meant all sorts of things, for all sorts of things. Including for the bees of Milkwood Farm, and the bees of eastern Australia in general. For the central west of NSW … Read More


Honeybee Democracy & The Sacred Bee: two great bee books

January 31, 2013 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping, Publications, Resources | 10 comments | Author:

Bees deserve more study than they get, seems to me. No matter if you’re a budding beekeeper or just a responsible citizen, these ladies and their ongoing work are responsible for one in every three bites of food we eat. … Read More


Warré comb at the Spring hive check

October 30, 2012 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 4 comments | Author:

Checking the Warré hives this week, Tim pulled off a box of empty Warré comb. The bees stored honey in this comb over winter, but now it’s spring they’ve eaten through these stores, leaving bare comb, sculpted according to the … Read More


It’s the birthright of bees to build comb

October 20, 2012 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 6 comments | Author:

Honeybees build comb. It’s part of what they do. It’s part of who they are. And being, as it is, actually exuded from glands on the undersides of their bodies, the honeycomb that bees build is literally part of them. … Read More


Moving the Warré beehives

July 17, 2012 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping | 9 comments | Author:

Ever since we did our Warré apiary design, we’ve been waiting to move the hives to their new hive stands. But we needed to wait till the depth of winter to do it, when the bees have stopped flying and … Read More


Designing the Warré Apiary at Milkwood Farm

June 17, 2012 | Beekeeping, Natural Beekeeping, Permaculture, Permaculture Design | 5 comments | Author:

Designing the Warré honeybee apiary at Milkwood Farm has taken some protracted thought and planning. As well as designing for bee health, we’re also designing for educational access and best-practice Warré beekeeping, on a slightly tricky site. The site selected … Read More


The dark and the light: eating different honeycombs as part of natural beekeeping

April 15, 2012 | Beekeeping, Food, Natural Beekeeping | 9 comments | Author:

Once you start natural beekeeping you’ll soon be introduced to eating brood honeycomb – comb that has had baby bees (brood) go through it, and now contains honey. In many traditional cultures, this dark honeycomb is the most sought after … Read More


New press for crushing wild honeycomb

March 26, 2012 | Beekeeping, Food, Natural Beekeeping | 32 comments | Author:

I am a little bit in love with our new honey press. It is made from stainless steel and it can crush close to a whole box of natural honeycomb in one fell squish. What better way to get all … Read More