Beekeeping class at Mother Earth News Fair

Mother Earth News Fair

Mother Earth News Fair

Ted and I got to go to the Mother Earth News Fair today, first one in Washignton state! James Zitting gave a talk on “Sustainable and Natural Beekeeping”. We were excited to hear from an experienced natural beekeeper and relieved to find that we are doing what more or less what natural beekeepers recommend. Zitting monitors naturalized colonies living in trees near his home. He thinks that beekeepers are making hives that are a little too thin-walled, he makes his hives from 2? thick lumber to approximate the thickness of a tree trunk, and he says that with a hive that thick the bees can take care of ventilation and temperature, a big worry to us as we think about winter.

Links:
Mother Earth News Fair
Bee Landing (James Zitting)


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