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Cholla Bud Celebration in the Southwest

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It is tradition for Tohono O’odham and other desert peoples of the southwest to forage, process, store, and consume the wondrous desert cholla buds.  Acknowledging and appreciating the Cholla as unique sentient beings vital for community, you may enjoy the bounty as much as the aphids, birds, deer, rodents, and other creatures of the desert […]

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Four Corners Beekeepers & Minna Jain’s Twin Buttes Apiary

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Originally posted at Top-Bar-Beehives.com: After spending four full days in New Mexico talking to beekeepers, I headed back into southern Colorado to meet with more people in Durango.  On Monday morning, I went over to see Tina Sebestyen, President of the Four Corners Beekeepers (Buzz Club).  At her hillside home, she showed me her gardens, […]

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New Mexico Beekeepers Association 2013 Summer Meeting

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Originally posted on Top-Bar-Beehives.com: A month ago when I began to arrange the Following the Honey Trail interviews I had no idea that my schedule would land me in Albuquerque at the same time as the New Mexico Beekeepers Association 2013 Summer Meeting.  In an email correspondence with Jessie Brown, she told me about the […]

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Working Top Bar Beehives with Les Crowder & Back in ABQ with Jessie Brown

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Originally posted on Top-Bar-Beehives.com: On Friday morning, I traveled up to Les Crowder’s farm near Penasco, NM to see his top bar beehives and to talk about his experiences with honeybees.  Nestled in a small valley along the High Road to Taos, I found Les and his partner Heather Harrel out in their gardens, working […]

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ABQ Honeybees – Hay’s Honey Farm, TJ Carr & Megan Mahoney

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Originally posted on Top-Bar-Beehives.com: As scheduled, I traveled from Santa Fe to Albuquerque on Thursday morning to interview local beekeepers about their experiences, challenges and hopes for the future.  In a small town called Bosque Farms, south of ABQ, I went to Hays’ Honey and Apple Farm to meet with Ken Hays, who has been […]

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Native Plants, Pollinator Friendly Perrenials and Kate Whealen’s Top Bar Beehives – Santa Fe, NM

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Originally posted at Top-Bar-Beehives.com: Making my way south, I arrived in Santa Fe, NM to meet with Kate Whealen, one of the founders of Sangre de Cristo Beekeepers.  Entering her well established native plant and perennial herb garden, the sound of buzzing bees filled the air and streaks of light could be seen flying into […]

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The Honey Lab and Visits with Southern Colorado Beekeepers

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Originally posted at Top-Bar-Beehives.com: Along the Rio Grande in southern Colorado lies Alamosa, a small rural city that is excited about honeybees.  Early this month, I connected with Karen Lemke, a backyard beekeeper, community mentor and lover of honeybees.  Not knowing what to expect when I arrived in Alamosa, I was kindly greeted and we, […]

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Past, Present, Future: Discussions with Marty Hadison, Miles McGaughey & Donald Studinski

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Originally posted at Top-Bar-Beehives.com: As we approach the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, my days of interviews seem to also be becoming longer.  This morning, I traveled to Marty Hardison’s home to discuss the history of top bar beekeeping and his experiences since the early 1980’s.  Inspired by a American Bee Journal […]

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Swarm Catching & Rural Top Bar Beehives

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Originally posted at Top-Bar-Beehives.com: Traveling back to Boulder County today, I was able to spend time with Jule Finley and Tom Nangle.  In the morning, I went with Julie to her top bar honeybee yard, a beautiful space nestled within the gardens of her friend Cece.  With dozens of chickens foraging nearby, we sat amongst […]

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Urban Top Bar Beehives [Part II] & Permaculture Farms

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Originally posted at Top-Bar-Beehives.com: WOW!  Today has been another exciting day, full of backyard discussions about honeybees, a mead tasting and a tour of the McCauley farm in Boulder County, CO.  Starting off with a visit to Jedidiah Williamson’s top bar beehives, I had the opportunity to learn about his beekeeping story, one that also […]

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