• Letters to the Melissae – Food of the Gods

    A poem by Mary Oliver, and the wonders of honey In Ancient Greek mythology and religion, the term Melissae sometimes referred to honey nymphs (also called Meliae) and later became a term that also encompassed several sects of priestess, including the Delphic oracle.  Letters to the Melissae is a series of posts on the spiritual, […]

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  • That buzzing-noise means something …

    “That buzzing-noise means something. If there’s a buzzing noise, somebody’s making a buzzing-noise, and the only reason for making a buzzing-noise that I know of is because you’re a bee … and the only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey … and the only reason for making honey is […]

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  • Thank you Häagen Dazs for the Honeybee Haven!

    The Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven at UC Davis Scheduled to open on September 11th, the Haven will not only serve as a research and pollinating facility but as a tool to raise awareness about the plight of honey bees.  As the Sacramento Bee has reported, “America is losing its honey bees at an alarming rate […]

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  • Bush Clover, Late Summer’s Garden Delight is Buzzing with Bees

    The Bush Clover, a late summer treat for you and bees Ever notice how there always seems to be at least one hopping joint in every town, where the locals routinely gather for their morning coffee or to grab a quick bite at lunch? Yesterday afternoon, I met up with a friend at a just-such […]

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  • 5 Reasons To Get A Taste For Local Honey

    September is National Honey Month. It’s an ideal time to celebrate honey and indulge in your craving for this sweet and viscous food known as “liquid gold.”  While indulging, why not focus on local honey, or honey made as close as possible to your home?  Here are five potent reasons to step away from the […]

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  • Put yourself in the shoes of a commercial beekeeper

    Looking at the honey bee problems from a commercial beekeepers perspective.

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  • Honeybees Need You to Eat Organics

    Pesticide use is threatening honeybees’ survival – deaths are on the rise and honey production dropping Honeybees are crucial pollinators responsible for every third bite on our dinner plate. A recent survey revealed that our humble honeybees are sicker than ever. Honeybee deaths this year were much higher than last year. And last year marked […]

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  • Delightful Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ – A Beloved Bee Plant to add to your Bee Garden

    Plant a Doublefile Viburnum ‘Shasta’ for your bee neighbors Graceful, elegant and generous are but a few of the words that spring to mind when describing Doublefile Viburnum, (V. plicatum var. tomentosum); one of the most delightful species in my absolute favorite genus of woody plants. She is an important source of pollen and nectar […]

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  • It is a Strange and Beautiful World

    Manmade stone beehives unnoticed for centuries in Scotland’s Rosslyn Chapel. “It is a strange and beautiful world.” — Roberto, the Italian tourist in Jim Jarmusch’s quirky 1986 movie, Down by Law Rosslyn Chapel is a medieval church in Scotland originally made famous because of the beauty of its architecture and storied history.  It began experiencing […]

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  • Plight of the Dwindling Honeybee

    The urgent need to support organic initiatives and save the bees Each spring, during my childhood, I planted trees with my dad and my brother, and the bees always intrigued us. Last year, in late June, I finished “The Incomparable Honeybee;” I was cautiously optimistic that the overall death rate amongst honeybees was trending downward. […]

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