Barrels of stored honey - Olivarez Honey Bees

Achieve More For Less

Barrels of honey at Olivarez Honey Bees, Orland, California Beekeepers invest a considerable amount of money in their equipment. Hives, frames, foundation, bee suits, smokers, extractors, warming cabinets, mating nucs and so on, ad nauseam, all add up to a…
Steve Donohoe With David Kemp in Nottinghamshire

David Kemp Has Died

With David Kemp in Nottinghamshire I spent a lovely afternoon with David in the summer of 2017 at one of his favourite pubs in Kelham, Nottinghamshire. He was an incredible character with an endless supply of stories, laughter and enthusiasm…
University graduates wearing mortar boards

Becoming A Master

Photo by Good Free Photos on Unsplash In the UK, we have something called a Master Beekeeper. It's a qualification in apiculture that requires years of studying, passing exams and practical beekeeping assessments. There are divergent views on the merits…
Almond plantation in California viewed from the air

Spreading The Word

The pollination of California’s almonds is the largest annual managed-pollination event in the world - Bloomberg Last year, or perhaps the one before, I stumbled upon the Ulster BKA 'Winter Webinars,' and I'm so glad I did. The speakers are…
Happy New Year graphic 2022

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 2022 Thanks to everybody who reads this blog. I enjoy writing it and sharing whatever is exercising my tiny grey cells at the time of writing. I still suffer from some lingering COVID symptoms, but they seem…