Monday, June 29, 2009

Food, Inc.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Honeybee Swarm

Well, the day we've been dreading has arrived.  I was headed out to cut some rhubarb for the Dandylion-Rhubarb Wine and there was this dreadful buzzing in the air.  I looked up and there were thousands and thousands of bees buzzing and swirling about.  (I had to feel bad for Troy as they were all above his run area, about a foot above his head up to the tallest of the trees).  I knew I was in trouble--they covered the whole area from the hives to the opposite woods.   

I looked at the hives to learn that it was my Russians who were swarming--those of you sharing bees that is not the shared hived.  

I waited for the bees to settle, hoping the swarm would find a place near the ground so I could take them and put them in a new hive and get a free hive out of the deal.  No such luck.  They were perched so high in the the trees on the edge of the woods that I couldn't even see them, though I could hear them loud and clear.  I rigged up a hive box with a small entrance nearby in hopes that they will find that to be a good home for them to settle in, but I won't hold my breath.  I then left them to figure out their next move without disturbing them any more than I already had.  I figure I did the best I could, now it's best to leave them to decide what's best for them.  

It looks as though they have decided to move on.  My consolation is that is should be early enough in the season for the bees left behind in the hive to build up enough strength to get themselves through the winter.  

Happy Beeing Everyone!


Farm Soap

Spent the day yesterday with fellow homesteader wannabees making Goat Milk and Honey Soap   The goat milk was kindly provided by Tart from the WindyFields Farm.  With all this rain we've been having, I hope the soap cures well.  I guess we'll just wait and see.  

Paul sustained his first honeybee sting...guess he was mowing the lawn a bit too close to home.  I think he was more sad about the honeybee that was going to die now that she stung him than the fact that he'd been stung.  

Friday, June 26, 2009

Welcome to BBC Farm

Welcome to Bumblechick Farm!!   We are a small farm located in central MA dedicated to encouraging backyard farming and the local food movement.  

We raise organic free range chickens for eggs and as an occasional special treat for the resident fox.  

We raise Nigerian goats, a small heritage breed which makes them great for the small farm.  They give a large quantity of milk for their size and have sweet personalities which make them great companions.  

We also keep bees in our WannaBeeApiaries.  This year we are caring for a hive of Buckfast bees and a hive of Russian bees.  Our Buckfast bees are shared by a small group of family and friends who helped us start out and will each take a share of the honey and bee products after we leave in the hive what the bees will need to make it through our long New England winters.  

And last, but not least, we have Troy.  Our Anatolian Shepherd dog who watches over everything and keeps life on the farm safe!!!