Author Archives: Jacqueline Freeman

Winter means making difficult bee decisions

Each winter is different, but many times winter means making difficult bee decisions. In a normal year the first frost would have laid its silver tips on the fields six weeks ago, but this fall has been wetter and warmer than … Continue reading

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SpiritBee: Our farm in the fall

Today it drizzled off and on all day. I put on my raincoat and trundled up into the bee yard. Inside the open-walled bee gazebo, I busied myself putting boxes away, sweeping dead bees out the door and listening to the … Continue reading

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Buzzing bees visit studio for taste of honey

Buzzing bees are one of my favorite sounds in the world. Last week Joseph and I were driving back to the farm from Portland. A gorgeous day. All I wanted to do when we got home was get out in … Continue reading

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Bee-centered beekeeping: When a hive grows slowly

Bee-centered beekeeping takes a different approach than conventional beekeeping. The aim is to do things the way the bees themselves would do them. One of my top bar hives was going strong all spring and then a few weeks ago, … Continue reading

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