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Brown Thumb Mama
8 Uses for Beeswax Throughout Your Home

Aug 25, 2015
8 Uses for Beeswax Throughout Your Home

This summer marked our first year of beekeeping. We recently processed a couple of frames for their honey and wax, and I was surprised at how much honey we harvested. We got nearly a quart of honey from just one frame! The beeswax, however, was another story. The bees are... 

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Davis Vanguard
The Life that Sustains Us – Flying on the Wings of Pollinators

Aug 25, 2015
The Life that Sustains Us – Flying on the Wings of Pollinators

By Debra Chase “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left”. This quote is often attributed to Albert Einstein and while there is scant evidence that he did indeed say this, there is, according to entomologists today, even less evidence that the...

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Brown Thumb Mama
Keeping Bees in the City: The Swarm

Keeping Bees in the City: The Swarm

Read about my first 30 days with backyard bees here. A few weeks ago, we woke up bright and early to work in the backyard. Hubby looked out the back window and exclaimed, “What the heck are the bees doing?!?” There was a huge cloud of bees flying around the... 

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Brown Thumb Mama
Keeping Bees in the City of Sacramento: The First 30 Days

Jul 17, 2014
Keeping Bees in the City of Sacramento: The First 30 Days

The conversation goes something like this: “You have BEES? In your BACKYARD?” Then I get the questions, all in one long breath: “Whatiftheystingthekids! Whatiftheygetinthepool! Whywouldyoudothat?” Well, it’s been a month now, and I am happy as a clam that I have bees in my backyard.  Hubby is still unconvinced. Some... 

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YubaNet.com
Best for Bees To Be Stay-At-Homes

Jul 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 - A world without bees would be a whole lot poorer – literally. In Denmark alone an additional 600 million to 1 billion Danish kroner are earned annually due to the work done by bees making honey and pollinating a wide range of crops from apples to cherries and clover.

Unfortunately, bees...

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Sacramento Vegetable Gardening
Fear the Beard!

Fear the Beard!

Beard of Honeybees (A Swarm)
Sometimes -- even vegetable garden bloggers can hit mental subject roadblocks. It happens to the best of us. And, in my case, it happens to the worst of us. I knew I wanted to write about bees. But you just can't put pen...

YubaNet.com
Groups file legal challenge of California’s approval of pesticides implicated in collapse of bee populations

Jul 8, 2014

Oakland, CA July 8, 2014 - Today, environmental and food safety groups challenged California's illegal practice of approving new agricultural uses for neonicotinoid pesticides despite mounting evidence that the pesticides are devastating honeybees.

Pesticide Action Network, Center for Food Safety, and Beyond Pesticides, represented by Earthjustice, filed the legal challenge in the California Superior Court...

YubaNet.com
New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

Jun 25, 2014
New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

Washington, D.C. June 25, 2014 - Many "bee-friendly" home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe's (NYSE: LOW) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies.

The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows...

AccessLocal.TV
VIDEO: What’s the Buzz? Soil Born Farms Holds Beekeeping Classes

Jun 21, 2014

On Saturday, June 14th, Soil Born Farms held a beekeeping class for aspiring beekeepers and those already familiar with the practice. Participants learned the importance ...

Sacramento Connect
UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Open House this Friday

Jun 18, 2014
UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven Open House this Friday

In observation of National Pollinator Week, the Häagen-Dazs® Honey Bee Haven will be the site of an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 20. The half-acre bee friendly garden is located on Bee Biology Road, next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Free zinnias seeds will be...

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