It's Cold Outside?
The groundhog (Monday, February 2) is not the most scientific nor accurate way to tell when Spring is due to arrive, nor is Spring anything more than an official calendar date. For those os us who have lives that revolve around agrarian activities like planting, pollution and beekeeping it is always helpful to acknowledge the old south Georgia acumen "If you don't like the weather today, wait until tomorrow." That being said, is Spring here? By calendar for 2015 the first day of Spring is March 20th. According to the honeybees that's pretty close, we started getting multiple daily calls about honeybee activity this past weekend, March 14th. As of the 18th we have responded to five calls for swarms. So, what is the official government word of cold then? Here is a link to the data concerning the last frost. Honeybees just like you and I get pretty confused by the drastic changes in weather. You might want to feed your bees. Here is the Georgia Frost Data Cut to the facts; for Statesboro Georgia officially the last Spring frost historically has been between March 21 and March 31. The fist Fall frost between November 21st and November 30th. So, keep you coat out of storage, you will need them for visits to your favorite summer restaurants anyhow, with interior air conditioners set in the low 70º's as you enter from outside temperatures and humidity both above 90º.
The Mobile Storefront
Members of the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association:
Effective with the June 2014 meetings (Yep, its almost been a year now) are held at Oatland Island Education Center. The location does not normally permit our mobile storefront. Only customers who pre-order their needs by telephone and ask that they be brought to the meeting will be able to purchase from us for those meetings. These orders must be prepackaged prior to meetings for delivery only. We always welcome all members of CEBA to visit us by appointment here at Beefield.
Members of the Beaufort Jasper Beekeepers Association: We gladly accept all pre-orders by telephone and and by arrangement bring those orders repackaged for delivery. We last brought the store to your Ridgeland SC meeting March 17th 2015. We enjoyed hearing fro the new SC Beekeepers Association President.
We welcome Georgia newest Beekeepers Association, Altahama Beekeepers Association meeting in Lyons Georgia. We thank you for the invitation to attend.
We also are excited to announce the newest applicant for membership in the Georgia Beekeepers Association the Effingham County Beekeepers Association meeting at Fellowship Bible Church on Old Dixie highway in Springfield.
In an effort to protect beekeepers who purchase our products Beeutiful Bees has adopted the policy of "no returns" on foundation and woodenware. Honeybees can be poisoned and these poisons cannot be seen. We want to guarantee our customers that the product they receive is free from any harmful elements and in this way we can be sure we have given you the finest equipment.
Bee Toxic Garden Plants Locally
Enter the Ides of March and February dims into history. If you are a beekeeper you are painfully aware of the destruction GMO crops are having on bees, but did you know that unwittingly the home owner and gardener is also killing your bees? Our friends over at the Pollinator Stewardship Council have provided us some resources. Read these Ten Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides. Click the button below for the complete report on toxic garden plants sold by companies like, Lowe's, Home Depot, and nursery suppliers nation wide. Speak out against the destruction caused by yet another genetically altered, pesticide infected living organism.
Read Spilling the Honey brought to you by the Georgia Beekeepers Association.
Farm Fresh Eggs
We have farm fresh eggs daily. See our price list and give us a call. We've got a new local number too! 912-842-BEES We quietly smile recognizing that we are all about "the birds and the bees" here at Beefield and in keeping with this we now offer farm fresh eggs daily. Certified Georgia egg candlers in 2014, we provide high quality eggs from our free range Americana, New Hampshire Red, Barr Rock, Brown Leghorn, mixed breeds of the above and even our Bantam chickens. Eggs come naturally in assorted colors and sizes and we offer the chance for your children to feed the hens while you shop for your bee supplies. Bring your carton for an exchange and save a quarter. We've also got high concentrate sugar water for $2 a gallon, bring your own container.
Every Blooming Thing
We've listened to you and now we need your action! We have started a journal of everything that blooms locally. It will only be successful with your input. Every Blooming Thing is a blog entry or journal entry that is open for your comments as we can update the list. Yes, you can get credit and even be location specific. Just go see what we've posted so far and start looking for blooms!
Who are we?
Honey is the oldest sweetener known to man. From the bear squeeze jar on your breakfast table to the carboy of mead under the staircase honey surpasses the billions of gallons of high fructose corn sweetener plaguing everything you eat as a healthy alternative. Honeybees are becoming an endangered species as far as bugs go these days. Varroa mites, small hive beetles, wax moths, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), Africanized invaders, insect resistant genetically modified foods (GMO), aerial spraying in farm fields, droughts and the number of dangers increases annually while bees continue to decline quickly. Here at Beeutiful Bees we try to manage bees in our care with a natural kindness like you might with your cat or dog.
Yes, we do have a photo gallery here at Beefield. You can even create a user ID and load one of your own. Be sure to share your uploads with friend by giving them the link to the page. Make sure you provide a date, place and description and bee'come a star poster.
Mark & Ruth Mettler are delighted to share with you the life of a beekeeper. The grumpy old bear and his honey can give you an international view of beekeepers. Ruth is from the UK and most Southerner's love to hear her speak. This also allows you to see that beekeeping is not only one of the oldest vocations, it is standardized throughout the world. We delight in sharing with you something that may be with you for the rest of your life.
Altamaha Beekeepers Association (Lyons)