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Early spring wildflower. This is in the Cress family... maybe? Does anyone know what it is? Tiny flowers. Grows pretty readily here.
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Tupelo Honey Cafe, coming to Raleigh!
Can't wait!
Tupelo Honey Café, an Asheville-based restaurant that serves Southern-Applachia style fare, is opening a new location in Raleigh.
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A beekeeper friend asked me to help at a tasting event at Follow the Honey. For mead! After a time, I was not much help.

Best of luck this season!
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Get Up, Get Out, Get Dirty!
Dirt Days!  Tomorrow! Wake Forest, NC - 10am-3pm
http://www.dirtdays.com/

Spring has sprung! Winter's done! Spend some time in downtown Wake Forest as we celebrate a return to the out of doors.

Come visit us at our first event for the year: The first inaugural "Dirt Days" in Wake Forest, NC (just north of Raleigh, NC). A celebration of everything out-of-doors. It looks to be a beautiful day!

If you can't make Dirt Days, come visit us at one of our other scheduled events: http://www.carolinabees.com/contact/events/

See you there! #DirtDays   #wakeforestnc   #festivals2014  
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Swarm capture -- 2014-04-03 at around 7am
...from our Box Turtle Farms apiary location in Pittsboro, NC.

This is Monica. Essentially, she just trimmed the branch and placed the bees in a box. :) Sounds easy? Well... this is about as easy as it gets. But it is rarely this "easy" and does require some technique and knowledge of honey bees. Usually the bees are somewhere fairly inaccessible. We have had 20 hour bee captures in the past. On 20ft ladders and a sawsall. This one, comparitively, was a piece of cake!

Fortunately, honey bee swarms are very very docile. Monica rarely suits up anyway, but in this case, she had really zero fear that the bees would become defensive. When they are a swarm... they are about as passive as can be. And now... they have a nice new clean home! :)

All about swarms:
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarming_(honey_bee)
* http://www.carolinabees.com/services/swarms/

#beekeeping   #swarmseason   #honeybees  
...via Leif Robert Diamond... Thanks!
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Monica knows her bees. She is periodically stung, but... it's actually a relatively rare event for her.
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We'll be there! The Mother Earth News Fairs are tremendous. Come if you can.

#MotherEarthNews   #OffGrid   #Sustainability   #agriculture  
 
Join us at our FAIR in Asheville, N.C., on April 12 and 13 for workshops, demos, renowned speakers and so much more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/home.aspx
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Mother Earth News Fair, Asheville, NC
It's THIS WEEKEND!
Come one! Come all! To one of our favorite events of them all!
http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/north-carolina.aspx

This is the first year that Mother Earth News will be holding this event in Asheville (there is one in WA and one in PA -- at which we vend as well). Come visit Monica and her lovely assistant Jessica, as they peddle bee-made soaps, balms, candles, and more in beautiful Asheville North Carolina. Oh, and they can talk about bees all day long.

Come visit us and say hello!

#motherearthnews #menfair #asheville #fairs #festivals  
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Dirt Days... some photos.
Somehow our last posting got fouled up. So, here you go again. :)
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No one does insect photography like Alex Wild. This is such a tremendous inside look into a bumble bee hive. Wow.
 
Inside a laboratory colony of Bombus impatiens bumble bees at the University of Texas, a worker stands her ground. 
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#FarmLogs -- "Farm App Harvests Big Data"
http://modernfarmer.com/2014/03/farm-app-harvests-big-data/
http://farmlogs.com/

"FarmLogs recently announced it had received $4 million in investor financing. Although the platform is only two years old, it is used by 5 percent of row farmers in the U.S. and across 130 countries."

Anyone use this for other than row crop management? Would love to here your experiences.

On at related note, we quite like #HiveTrackshttp://hivetracks.com/ - but I can envision a potential collaboration between the two.

#Farming   #Ranching #Beekeeping    #organicagriculture   #NaturallyGown   #Agriculture
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I've (this is Todd) have been playing with news readers recently. Flipboard is pretty good, but, I always felt boxed in -- and therefore didn't like to use it much. Google's Newsstand is a bit nicer and less constraining. The interface is nice. And finally, Feedly has a nice simple approach, and I quite like it as well. Feedly allows you to categorize things versus having everything automated, which is particularly nice. And... Feedly is mobile and desktop friendly (via Chrome and Firefox -- Feedly is pretty sweet!).

And then I got to thinking. Our Google+ page here is more or less our "newsletter / blog". One of the big downsides of Google+ is that it does not like to expose its newsfeeds as subscribable services. Neither Facebook, nor Google+ make this obvious because they want to force you to use their applications and webpages to view their content. They don't like other folks consuming that information.

Well, Facebook only makes it mildly difficult to generate an RSS or Atom feed. Google+ makes is much harder. But... for those of you who would like to add a few Google+ Pages to their news readers, I found an application that will do the translation for you. It's called Feed+. It works reasonably well. But to save you time, I have included a URL to this page's URL that will generate an Atom feed (much like an RSS syndication feed).

Google+ is our Blog. Plug this URL into your news reader on your phone or desktop and see what happens:
http://goo.gl/oQHbT9

Flipboard:
* gPlay: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=flipboard.app
Google Newsstand:
* gPlay: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.magazines
Feedly:
* gChromeStore: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/feedly-news-blogs-and-you/hipbfijinpcgfogaopmgehiegacbhmob
* gPlay: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devhd.feedly
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Feed+:
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/feed%2B/eaiadkmgpppkonfodnepmoknpaphnlij
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We can't see to figure out how to embed an RSS or Atom feed into a Squarespace page though. They don't seem to have a widget for it and using the script generated by Feedburner / Buzzboost doesn't seem to help.

Anyway. Readers, feed generation and more. We hope you enjoyed this bit of digression from our normal bee centered postings. :)
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I ended up going with Digg after Google Reader got the axe. The App is simple and clean. 
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237 Jason Way Youngsville, NC 27596
237 Jason WayUSNCYoungsville27596
(919) 728-0827carolinabees.com
FarmToday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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At The Carolina Bee Company, we are All Things Bees:
  • Bees: Queens, Packages Nucleus Colonies
  • Services: Education, Speaking and Pollination Services
  • Chandlery: Soap, Candles and More!
  • Honey! Of course.
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reviewed a year ago
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!