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Remember folks, honey bees are just the tip of the iceberg. All bees are in serious decline. Bumble bees in particular. Some species are presumed extinct. Glad to see more research into general pollinate decline beginning to pay dividends.
Honey bees will be fine. It's the other 3,999 species of bees in North America we need to worry about.
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Not really a "new theory" but definitively more evidence lending support to the piling on effect of all the stressors that combine to be the "smoking gun". I.e., We are nuking the natural world in multiple ways. Bees (and the rest of the natural world) have to deal with that as well as their more mundane issues of disease and parasites.

Good read with some thoughts on solutions and a QnA with  Dave Goulson, a professor of biology at the University of Sussex.

#CCD #HoneyBees #Bees #Sustainability
Parasites, pesticides, and poor nutrition are all working together, a new paper argues — and their combined effect is worse than any one alone.
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Last Stand

This photo comes from one of our top-bar hives. Unfortunately, these bees were the last pocket of bees in this hive and died as you see them. We had significant losses this year. Most, we think were due to the extreme swings of weather that we encountered, of course exasperated by all the other issues honey bees are struggling with now a'days.

Note: There was a queen (also dead) in this cluster, unfortunately I (Todd) tripped and she went flying into the grass somewhere prior to the photo being taken. Alas.
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You know that blanket of yellow pollen on all of your cars, deck, and just about everything this time of year? This is where it comes from.
#PinePollen #Pollen  
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Monica took this great photo a month ago of the farmhouse. We have another night or two of cold weather, but let's hope Winter is solidly behind us.
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Let's hope!
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3 lb. Packages - May 10th (Pickup only)
Only 30 packages left available! Order while supplies last!

If you are still in need (or now in need, after this last really cold spell), please click the link to order your package today, while supplies last. 

Once we are a week out from the pickup date (which is May 10th), we will email you with instructions on pickup times and of course, directions (WE HAVE MOVED - so don't go to the same place as last year).

Thank you, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! Here, or from our "contact us" page on the website. 
IMPORTANT: Read the additional notes below about taxes and shipping Onsite Pickup Only! Bees must be pre-ordered and pre-paid NEW Pickup date / Location: May 10th, 2015 (date was changed due to a weather delay) 10am-3pm on site at The Carolina Bee Company location. 
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3630 Charlie Grissom Rd, Kittrell, NC 27544
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Oh, that controversial Flow™ Hive

We have posted about the Flow™ Hive in the past. We are trying to not be overly skeptical, because we welcome innovative thinking in the world of beekeeping, but this article points out some of the concerns many of us are having both with the concept and the marketing of the technology.

This article: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/04/14/dont-go-flow-go-wax-few-word-saving-bees-and-us
The Flow™ Hive Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flow-hive-honey-on-tap-directly-from-your-beehive

1. They market it is a means to reduce disturbance of the bees. This is a feel-good red herring. It implies that without honey harvesting, the bees are hardly disturbed as they go about their business. As any beekeeper will tell you, if you are "keeping" (read: caring for) your bees properly, you will be disturbing them from time to time. The disturbance associated with harvesting the honey is merely one of those times.

2. As the article points out there is a larger story of industrialization and automation associated to this innovation. Historically, beekeeping doesn't lend itself to industrialization. This has been a blessing for honey bees. There have been innovations that have improved automation of all the elements surrounding actually keeping the bees, but beekeeping itself is largely unchanged from what it has been for over 150 years. Conversely, the rest of agriculture has been utterly industrialized, and the results have been disastrous. The side-effects have also been disastrous for honey bees. This is not even a controversial position. So, with the Flow™ Hive, we get a bit nervous about industrialization crossing that boundary and into the hive itself.

The attached article nicely summaries some of these and other concerns. All that being said, we are still reserving judgment to see how this all pans out, but at the moment, we are not the most optimistic. This is not helped by the fact that the marketing is a smidge disingenuous. We'll see. Maybe this is the greatest innovation since hives were redesigned after the discovery of "beespace" (google it). Maybe in 5 years all of our hives will be outfitted with this technology. But today we (and many other beekeepers) remain skeptical.
Over the past several years there's been a steadily growing awareness that a problem exists with our honeybee populations. Although not quite a household term, what has been called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has evoked enough concern that a chorus of observers have suggested in various ways that if honeybees go the way of the dodo bird, so do humans.
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Our friends at Just Bee Apiaries featured in this article.
http://www.justbeenc.com/
A canvas tarp protected the elegant carpeting of the Carolina Inn’s North Parlor Thursday morning as employees painted wooden boxes that will house the inn’s starter bee colonies.
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...as children scream

What a headline! Ha! Though, can you imagine the chaos? I wonder if the secret service has a game-plan for kids + bees. :) The President gets extra points for making light of it in an attempt to keep the kids calm. And, the pres. said it himself! "Bees are good!" So much for an actual reading of the book. Fun video.
It might have been the White House Easter Egg Roll, but it was bees — not bunnies — that stole the show on Monday. As President Barack Obama started reading Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” during the annual Easter Egg Roll event (as is tradition), kids began to make noise as bees buzzed nearby. “Oh no,...
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He should go after his cronies at Monsanto if he really believes bees are good.
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On a whim, I (Todd) bought Blueberry Bushes on clearance from Wal-Mart. Whereas one would think they are getting 5 varieties, looking at their scientific nomenclatures,  really we are getting 2 varietals, but 5 strains of some sort. 4 of the 5 are highbush varieties, which don't do so well in the South (so why do they sell them!?!) and 1 is Rabbit-Eye ... which does do well.

I bought them on a whim, and we'll see what happens. :)

So, word to the wise... do a bit of research before flinging money at something. Or... just take a chance. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_virgatum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaccinium_corymbosum
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Yeah, at our old home we found out that the birds would wait and wait... just like we would, until the berries were just right... then wipe them out. Heh. Bird-netting helps. :)
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3630 Charlie Grissom RoadUSNorth CarolinaKittrell27544
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I've purchased many products from The Carolina Bee Company and have never been disappointed! The soaps are especially nice for anyone with troubled skin because they are all natural. The lip balm is fabulous too!