986.5 Healthy green Living Show

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Cone on out and see us at the Healthy Green living show at the mayo civic center, booth #65, March 24th and 25th 10 AM to 5 PM each day. We will be taking preorders for rangefed chickens and talking about lamb and honey products.

Posted on February 23rd 2012 in Farming

988. Ewes in February

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ewes in FebruaryPretty mild weather for early February. With temps running in the low 30’s the ewes are almost overdressed. Some of the ewes are starting to get a little wider. Lambing is only about 5 weeks away. Side note: I need to get a hay feeder built for them. 1 more thing for the list.

Posted on February 9th 2012 in Farming

989. Cost of winter

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I had 6 colonies and lost one in the early winter during a cold spell. Now I have 1 more dead. The other 4 had been taking syrup and pollen replacer but this 1 did not. Stubborn, but if they will not take the feed their is only so much you can do. On the bright side I have drawn comb and some honey that can be used to feed new packages this spring.

Posted on February 5th 2012 in Farming, Honeybees

990. Winter and bees

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casualties of winterSo today it was close to 40 degrees outside and the bees get plenty warm inside the colony. Which is good because they can move around freely and get their feed stores and the feed I have in the colony for them. However the warmth inside encourages a few to fly outside. Naturally once outside they do not make it too long. I assume that once the initial explorers do not come back the rest figure its best to stay put.

Posted on January 26th 2012 in Farming, Honeybees

991. Bee feeding time

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Bee feeding timeDuring the winter I feed the colonies a syrup mixture made up of 2 parts cane sugar to 1 part of water. You make a syrup out of it by bringing the water to a slow boil and slowly adding the suger allowing it time to dissolve. The syrup is then poured into 1 qt. canning jars which have holes drilled in the lid. By turning the jar upside down on the hole of the inner cover the bees can access the syrup through the holes and the vacum holds the syrup and only allows it to flow as the bees take it. feeding seems especially important this year since my colonies seem a little light. We had a very dry second half of the summer which I think reduced the nectar flow.

Posted on January 24th 2012 in Honeybees

993. Season winding down

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The calves are weaned off. That means thay have been seperated from the cows. They are about 7 months old and ready to be backgrounded. Weaning the calves is one of the last hurdles before the winter season. I also have a grassfed heifer that needs to go to the locker plant. We are out of ground beef so I sure am looking forward to fresh beef.

Posted on December 18th 2011 in Farming

994. New Honey Crop

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First harvest
Took the first harvest from the honeybees. A dollop of raw honey is the epitome of decadence. Now its time to get the bees and the colonies ready for winter. Honey is available for sale. $5 per pint and $3 per 1/2 pint.

Posted on October 20th 2011 in Farming, Honeybees

995. Spring is here

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211The broccoli and kohlrabi that Tori and I planted last Thursday are up and reaching for light. It a couple of weeks they will move out to the cold frame!

Posted on March 15th 2011 in Farming

996. March In February

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40+ degrees in February. Melting snow off the woodpile and the chickens are laying more.

Posted on February 16th 2011 in Farming

Uncle Les

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Grandpa Mattsons model threshing machine

Grandpa Mattsons model threshing machine

Uncle Les has passed on and I have become the caretaker for Grandpa Ted Mattson’s threshing machine and steam engine. Uncle Les will be remembered

Posted on March 9th 2010 in Farming