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My Bees are Freezing!

Last year, one of my hives didn’t survive the winter. The long, cold days took their toll on the inhabitants of that hive so, over the summer, I made a split from the remaining hive. Everything was going along fine, but now, … Continue reading

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I Can’t Hold a Candle to You

After spinning out our honey, we had what appeared to be a great deal of beeswax left over. We soaked it in water overnight to loosen up any residual dirt and then rinsed it several times to get it as … Continue reading

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Sticky Fingers

At the end of the summer, I pulled honey frames from my two bee hives. As long as the bees are left with at least 70 pounds of honey to get them through the winter, the beekeeper can take any surplus. … Continue reading

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The F***ing Starlings

Starlings are the worst. And they are absolutely EVERYWHERE these days. They are eating more of the chicken feed than the chickens, whatever pig feed might be left in the troughs, and we are finding starling poop on surfaces that defy … Continue reading

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Making Goat Milk Yogurt

Thanks to our friend Tagan, we have found a fabulous way to make beautiful yogurt with our abundance of goat milk on applewood farm. Up until now, we’ve made chèvre (it was fine) and ricotta (good, but with limited uses), … Continue reading

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Farmer Dave and the Deep Freeze

When I came home from work last night, Dave was outside working with the animals. As it turned out, Dave had been outside working with the animals for nearly two hours, and he wasn’t quite done. To be clear, dinnertime … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lists Can be Fun!

Many WordPress bloggers have been sharing year-end reports and my favorite blogger (Bill of White Flint Farm) has done so as well.  His was done in the form of his top-ten posts, stats-wise, and I thought it would be fun to follow suit. … Continue reading

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