Yerba Buena Farms Jamaica

Yerba Buena Farms Jamaica

Need a change? How’s chilling out on Jamaica’s north coast sound? a little ackee and saltfish, roast breadfruit and chocolate tea for breakfast catching a warm morning rain shower while picking fruit.> learn bees, top bar hives and some unique and tasty sustainable agriculture stew peas, rice and callaloo for lunch a little hammock time in a sweet sea breeze hiking down to a beach […]

Yard Visit End of May 2013

Yard Visit End of May 2013

The bad weather continued through the third week in May. It’s still cool. But not cold enough to keep the bees from flying. So today, I opened up the broodnests and: inspected the brood pattern looked for signs of pests and disease fed where needed switched to a top entrance added a third deep box The Good News The brood patterns were compact and solid. […]

Bees and Hexagons

Bees and Hexagons

Radiolab does it again.   Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you’ve been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud … ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon? My kind of bee math. Check it out.

Yard Visit May 2013

Yard Visit May 2013

April’s weather has been terrible. Basically a snow storm about every 3 days. It’s brought desperately needed moisture to this land of extreme drought. But I still haven’t had a chance to pull a few frames and take a close look. Yet, it was time to refill the feeders on those lighter weight hives. So, I basically did a repeat of my March Inspection. hives […]

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