The warm weather is coming in fast. It’s the beginning of March and we already have plum, cherry, magnolia trees, daffodils, mustard, rosemary, violets and spirea in full bloom. I expect swarm season will be upon us ever-so-quickly!
I’m putting together our bait hives to invite those foot-loose and fancy-free colonies to come investigate our offerings. If you’ve got bait hives around, swarms may choose their new homes even before they pack their bags for the big trip. If you’ve got a bait hive hanging in a good location, there’s a good chance they’ll populate it all on their own.
I’ve used them with success the past few years. Once I get mine up in the trees, I’ll post photos of where ours are and why those are attractive locations for scouts to discover.
The Home Grown Food Summit
My friend Marjorie Wildcraft is a “force of nature.” She’s committed to educating people about how to be self-sufficient, to grow food and medicine on their own and be frugal and independent with every choice. She and I met last year and she asked me to become part of her mission. I love her drive and I’m keen on this attitude of self-sufficiency.
Marjorie brought together 38 experts in food production, homesteading and off-grid living. We each created a video on our specialty and, as you can guess, mine is how to care for bees in a considerate manner — not the short-sighted conventional methods so many good-hearted new beekeepers fall into when conventional is the only way their beekeeper group teaches. There ARE better ways to care for bees and that’s what I talk about in my bee video.
All 38 talks are fascinating. They air Monday, March 7th through the 13th. We are coming together to spread knowledge and build the resolve to move the American diet away from crappy food to food with more minerals, vitamins and flavor, off inefficient energy systems to true energy independence, and all by helping each other and working together. Reserve a spot and you’ll see all the presentations for no cost. After the 13th you can purchase the set but they’re no-cost until the 13th.
You’ll learn how to grow nutritious food, choose the right livestock, purchase property, grow potent herbal antibiotics. You’ll even learn to forecast the weather.
You also get two e-books when you sign up:
“How To Make a Simple And Effective Watering System For Small Livestock”
“Top 10 Survival Plants: How To Grow Them and Collect Their Seeds”
Reserve your spot by clicking here You can see each of the topics, too.
Here is a sample of what you’ll learn:
- How organic gardeners produce 2X to 10X greater yields
- Guide to making $80 worth of compost per week
- Legally keeping chickens and goats in the city
- Natural beekeeping… how to do it WITHOUT chemicals! <–that’s me!
- Raise superior eggs, milk, and meat… in your backyard
- How to get no cost access to local seed varieties
- The BEST worms for backyard composting
- Grow food — without owning land
- 24 herbals that treat colds, flu, allergies and infections
- Protect yourself as a small-scale farmer from the 5 most common law suits
- Understand Cottage Food Laws (CFLs) that regulate food production on your property
- Our role in breaking the monopoly of big chemical and seed companies
- Lessons to learn from World War I & II trends in food production
- Raise goats for milk and meat… an introductory guide
- How science supports backyard gardening as a cure for most major diseases
- Create a garden biosphere
- Rebalance your garden by using wildlife and insects
- Recipes for herbal drinks you can make every day
- Easy, brilliant secrets for composting in place
- Save $100s making your own fish emulsion fertilizer
- Spend $0 feeding your chickens
This is a once-a-year event. I hope you enjoy watching and learning. Click here to become a better partner with Nature.