Women in Agriculture- Adapting & Overcoming Challenges

When we envision a farmer, we often see an elderly man, with a sun worn face, in his coveralls thoughtfully looking over his fields. However, for anyone that spends time in online forums, or even the feed store, it is evident that  the face…

Killer Bees- Media Hype or Threat to Beekeepers?

Killer bees. We have seen the movies, seen the news reports, and been saddened at the loss of life resulting from attacks from these bees. In fact, we even have a friend that lost a family member, and almost a child, from killer bees….

The Rights and Ethics of Urban Beekeepers

As the beekeeping movement sweeps our nation, people are bringing in hives, and sometimes lots of them, into city areas, or small properties. This sudden change has brought up some important ethical questions that need to be asked before any small area beekeeping endeavor…

Stepping Up for the Future of Agriculture- Are You Willing?

When it came to our first year in New Mexico, we had a lot of expenses. With a cross country move, buying a new farm, renovating the new farm, and then the normal expenses of four kids, we didn’t have a lot of extra…

The Next Generation of Bee Suits- How Does the BeeKool Suit Stack Up?

  When my husband came to me and stated that he needed a new bee suit, he was initially just going to get another traditional suit. With working in the Florida sun and humidity for hours at a time, his old suit had become stained,…

Caring Landlord or Slumlord, What Is YOUR Beekeeping Style?

I wanted to preface this article. This may make some people mad. This is not my intention. With the rise in the popularity of beekeeping, sloppy beekeeping, and cutting corners is becoming more common place than proper practices. I hope that this article will…

Learn the Basics of Catching A Swarm of Bees

Beekeeping in itself is an art. With that said, like other artists, we all have different techniques. The methods itself should not be put under a microscope, as long as it still results in the same beautiful painting. Similarly, every beekeeper has different methods…

Learn The Qualities of a Successful Homesteader

When it comes to farming and homesteading, we often tend to take things for granted. If we have a problem, we can just go to the store, or search online to find the answer in moments. While this is a tremendous advantage, one has…

Why Your Child Needs To Become A Beekeeper

It is no secret that I am a staunch supporter of youth involvement in agriculture. Whether it is on their own, mentored, or through programs like 4-H and FFA, the benefits to you child are undeniable. When we think of getting our children involved…

The Beginner’s Guide to Assembling Your First Bee Hive!

Congratulations! You have finally decided to get bees and start your apiary! For a new beekeeper, this is an exciting, and also nerve-wracking time. With so many differing techniques and opinions, it can be overwhelming. Getting started in beekeeping is not a cheap endeavor….