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Very productive and positive Friends of Graham Park meeting today. Changed the by-laws slightly including a new vision statement “A park, built on our heritage, open to all”. Approved the 2012 budget and had some very open discussion. The Olmsted County Fair board president participated and even seconded motions and voted. Hopefully the Olmsted County Ag Association will become a cooperative member of the larger community.

Posted on January 26th 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park

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

2011 State Fair

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greg and rabbitGreg hanging out at the Rabbit Project information table at the Minesota State Fair. 4-H members allow passerbys to pet their rabbits and answer questions about the care and raising of rabbits. A super outreach project!!

Posted on January 23rd 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park

Not being told a consistent story

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So at the 2011 Annual meeting of the Olmsted County Ag Association we were told that Olmsted county was charging $200 more per year to hold the fair at Graham Park. Then at a Olmsted County Parks commission meeting I learned that the Ag Association had offered $200 more per year. There is a difference between charged and offered. Which is it?

Posted on January 23rd 2012 in Olmsted county fair and Graham Park