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

992. Farm visit

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1086 frontMy step daughter Ashley, her boyfriend John and my sister in law Jenny paid a farm visit and this is one of the pictures they took. Can’t deny a picture of the 1086!!!

Posted on December 18th 2011 in Uncategorized

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

Fun Day.

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Today we went with Olmstd County 4-H shooting sports to the raptor center, como park conservatory, and the mississippi NWF in Bloomington. Good times

Posted on May 15th 2010 in Uncategorized

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