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East Central Wisconsin Beekeepers Association


Question from East Central Wisconsin Beekeepers Association: Q: The club members, me included, have a lot of trouble getting our hives through winter. Last year was a disaster for most; this year with slightly warmer temperatures the members seem to be doing better. Do you have any specific recommendations to maximize survival which you could

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Wisconsin Certified Pure Honey


Wisconsin Certified Pure Honey February 12, 2015, Sweet Mountain Farm, is pleased to announce that it has received its Wisconsin Pure Honey certification. Notice carefully, the certificate number is 2. Yes, we are one of only two Wisconsin honey producers that can boldly and proudly use the label “Wisconsin Pure Honey.” Certification was not easy.

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Cold Temperature and Honey Bees


Cold Temperature and Honey Bees Honey bees will keep the inside temperature of the cluster at about 95 degrees by shivering and expending energy. A bee does not die until its body temperature is 41 degrees. At 41 degrees the bee can’t operate or flex it’s shivering muscles to stay warm. The honey bee can

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VAPG 2014 Award


FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE 1:00 P.M. (CST) Washington Island, Door County, Wisconsin, August 25, 2014 VAPG 2014 Award USDA Awards Sweet Mountain Farm, LLC, a Value Added Producer Grant Strengthening the economic foundation of rural America USDA announces that Sweet Mountain Farm, LLC, a honey producer, custom beehive builder, and honey bee breeder on Washington

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Can Mushrooms Save Bees?


Can Mushrooms Save Bees? Ever notice how honeybees are attracted to mushrooms? Can mushrooms save bees? Last summer, I noticed my honey bees converging on a broken bag of organic composting medium that was sitting out in my garden. I didn’t think much about the unusual behavior and tossed it off as the honeybees were

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