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Mind Your Beeswax


Mind Your Beeswax Mind your beeswax is a silly expression. This illuminating story should be everybody’s business.  The honeybee furnishes mankind with two extraordinary and noble products; honey and wax.  Jonathan Swift engenders the honeybee’s noble creations as “sweetness and light.” Honey has all the ingredients necessary to sustain life and wax gives us light

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Filipino Beekeeper Raises Russian Queens


Filipino beekeeper raises Russian queens at Sweet Mountain Farm July 9, 2017. A new beekeeper flew in from the Philippines this week. Please offer a warm welcome to our new apiary assistant, Peter John Rafosala. Rafosala is a 2014 graduate of Queen of Apostles Seminary, Tagum City, Philippines. He comes to Sweet Mountain Farm after

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3rd Annual Field Day


June 17, 2017, 14 beekeepers attended Sweet Mountain Farm’s 3rd Annual Field Day. Members from Door County Beekeepers Association along with members from Sheboygan County Beekeepers Association had a great time getting hands on experience inspecting colonies. It was a packed day hiving a nucleus colony, performing colony inspections, counting varroa mites after a powder

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Beekeeper Meetings: because we can’t communicate with pheromones


Beekeeper Meetings There are more than 16 monthly beekeeper meetings held at various town halls, civic centers and libraries across Wisconsin. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak to one club, the East Central Wisconsin Beekeepers Association (ECWBA). The club rotates meeting places between Ripon and Fond du Lac Public Libraries.  Forty-five dedicated beekeepers,

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Duluth Timber Company, Old Wood, New Stories


Duluth Timber Company Old Wood, New Stories Exploring Duluth, Minnesota Driving Northwest at night on highway 535 heading into Duluth in the middle of January is beautiful. Icy roads, poor visibility, and not knowing if I was headed in the correct direction was a bit scary. The lights on the cliffs overlooking Lake Superior are

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