An Excerpt from Susan Knilans & Jacqueline Freeman's new book "What Bees Want" “Alas, many hives are forced to operate according to a beekeeper’s agenda. Sadly that agenda often prioritizes more honey production and pollination services instead of putting the evolutionary needs of the bees first.”—Song of Increase A primary tenet in our style of keeping bees is what we call “very low intervention.” That is, we keep out of our hives. This is not lazy beekeeping. Bees are extraordinarily complex beings in their hive culture, and our understanding of them is at a very basic, simple level. Our inspections…
This coming year, PBC will be involved in numerous planting projects for both food and pollinator forage. Many of us are choosing to use our sidewalk strips and driveways as "educational zones." With some fun signage, we can invite folks to look for different kinds of bees on our flowers, or highlight our monarch milkweed plantings, or remind folks that weeds feed bees! Local club member and PBC secretary Debbie Nagano is also an artist, and she came up with a really fun idea! Here it is: ========= PRESERVATION BEEKEEPING COUNCIL ARTIST OFFERS FUN BEE-SIGN WORKSHOP Come and paint a…
Once again, our European friends are hosting a fabulous conference for Natural Beekeeping. You can find details about this exciting event HERE. Jacqueline will again be speaking, this year on bee activism. Two other PBC friends will be attending: Rachelle Cobb and Onyx Marie. So, there will be many who can bring the learning from this event back home to us!
Bee friends, our club member Lori has crafted a great post about her experience setting up her hives with our new, round inserts. Thank you, Lori, for sharing this with us!! https://lorilyngreenstone.com/mothering-bees-quilt-boxes-convert-langstroth-hives/?fbclid=IwAR01sk7o-yfGzLpnz9Vzdej_YaExWs5zeGCsf0GQQTYjfUbZIbmLWqLHjwM
“There is a bee swarm in downtown Camas, right by the antique store. Do you have time to go gather it? It is up high…” Debby’s voice was hopeful. She is our bee swarm coordinator, and spends her whole summer on the phone talking to people about bees.
“Hmmmm, up really high, huh?” I don’t mind heights. I simply don’t have a ladder that will reach up 20 feet.
“The fire department’s only a few blocks away. Just stop by, batt your eyes and swivel your hips and maybe they will bring their ladder,” she suggested…
Hello bee friends: Susan here, introducing our good bee friend James. James attended our recent log hive workshop and went crazy–in a good way! James has a vision of a highway of bee trees, and log hives. Is this a match made in Bee Heaven, or what?! Please feel free to join James in his mission, or contact him with questions and ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Hi everyone! My name is James. I’m a former intern of Jacqueline’s who will soon by moving back to the area. I have a few years of experience doing agroforestry under my belt now and am hoping to make a return into natural beekeeping. Over the last couple of years I’ve learned a lot about drought tolerant, Pacific Northwest based agroforestry. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’ve seen a lot of evidence that trees and shrubs are a really great way to grow bee forage efficiently in terms of water and labor… (more…)
I’ve always loved log hives, loved the notion of them, the look of them, the creation of them. But it was into the second day of our log hive workshop with Matt Somerville that I really “got it.”
Class participant Jenne Johnson said to Matt, “So, if I have, say, ten acres of land, how many of these hives would I need to properly pollinate it?”
Matt replied, “Put up as many as you like and let the bees decide.”
“Let the bees decide…”
I smacked both hands to my head to keep my brains from flying out all over the place. Had those four words ever before been uttered on the North American continent? Not often, I thought… (more…)
Susan here: It is with great delight that I am sharing with you something of beauty, depth, and wonder from our good friend, Bee Guardian Corwin Bell. Corwin has taught many programs for us over the years. He is the prime innovator behind all the advances to top bar hives, and runs a bee education program at Backyardhive.com. His work is respectful, balancing science, intuition, and mystery. If you live near Colorado, take his classes. He is a master.
Corwin has a mystic’s eye, a mystic’s ear, and a mystic’s heart. Artist and visionary, Corwin put his talents to a remarkable recording of chants, music, and bee sounds to create a deep immersion into bee time. His DVD is called “The Light of Hum” and I encourage you to add it to your music library… (more…)
Susan here! I’m so pleased to be offering this post for our readers. I love to share what other bee-tenders are doing, and welcome articles about your hives and bees. Andrew has humg his own SunHive, and will be coming out to the Northwest (from Kansas) to take my skep hive weaving class in February. I hope this post encourages you to think out of the box with your own colonies!
This spring, Matthew Burke, a sculpture professor at the University of Kansas, generously gifted me a completed Sun Hive. He and his students, over 20 of them, built the hive over several semesters as part of an eco-art studio course. Rolf and I installed it on five acres of land farmed using organic methods, just outside city limits, building a platform and rain shelter for it in the process… (more…)
By Jahn Rise and Susan Knilans
(Note from Susan: Bee Friends, Jahn Rise will be coming to Bee Club in February to talk about a project we may consider involving bees, mushrooms, and bee health. We hope that a group of club members will want to become part of this local experiment. The potential for bees is promising, and PBC certainly encourages innovation. Hopefully, this post will get you excited about the possibilities!)
A few years ago, Paul Stamets (the mushroom guru) discovered bees harvesting dew drops off of mushrooms in his yard. Fast forward: He is now in the process of working with the University of Washington to develop a mushroom solution that would help enhance the immune system of honeybees. This product is not on the market yet, but there is a great deal of interest in it. If you google Paul and the topic, there is much information to be found. (more…)