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American Foulbrood – Deceptive and Deadly

American Foulbrood diagnosed in one hive at Brookfield Farm. How diagnosed. What was done. Lessons Learned. Continue reading

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Honeys With Flower Names – What Do They Mean?

Varietal honeys (monofloral honey) carry the names of flowers and plants that were their primary source of nectar. How beekeepers determine the source. Variations in color. Tips on varietal versus infused honeys versus wildflower honeys – all good but different. Where to find varietal honeys. Continue reading

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Spring Hive Assessment at Brookfield Farm

How the honeybees are checked in the spring at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey’s bee yards which are all near Maple Falls, Washington. And a video shot of the bee yard Continue reading

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Bring Out Your Dead : Winter Bee Hive Declines

Winter bee hive losses : what they mean to the beekeeper, what happens next. And my first video shot on an ipod – view of part of our farm bee yard and the beekeeper. Continue reading

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Of Budgets, Business Plans, & Bees

A very brief overview of the “joys” of and reasons for creating a business plan and doing budgets at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, Maple Falls, Washington Continue reading

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Building Boxes & When Orders Go Wrong

Building bee boxes in a small living room at Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls, Washington. Plus a tale of when orders go wrong. Continue reading

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Loading Honeybees for Almond Pollination

Loading 818 honeybee hives onto three trucks which then transported the bees to the California almonds for pollination. Bruce Bowen’s bees, Mount Vernon, Washington. Photos by Karen E. Bean, Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls, Washington. More photos than words on this posting. Continue reading

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Livestock Guard Dogs and Honeybees

Brookfield Farm’s use of livestock guard dogs to allow our bees to share the wilderness with all wildlife. Continue reading

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Going Native With Bees

Native bees as pollinators in our gardens. No honey, but good pollination. Bumblebees and orchard mason bees highlighted. Information on bees, habitat, housing, flowers, and life sequences. Continue reading

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Selling At Farmers’ Markets – A Few Necessities

A few necessities that we at Brookfield Farm, Maple Falls, WA, have found to be vital to successful selling at Farmers’ Markets. From foot-traffic to internet links. Continue reading

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