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What happens when you take a professional Fishing Guide, pair him with a Master Beekeeper, and throw in some Texas Red Headed Mutt Honeybees? Well, we are about to find out! Ken Milam, host of The Great Outdoors & Sunday Sportsman radio shows, and professional fishing guide, has decided that he thinks he’d like to start keeping bees. Problem is, he has absolutely no idea where to start. Enter John Swan, owner of Wicked Bee, and a Texas Master Beekeeper. Together they are going to embark on a ...
 
Established in 2009. If you want to learn about beekeeping this is the show for you. It's been described by many as fun and informative. Hosts Gary and Margaret from New Zealand share tips, interviews and news about beekeeping. We discuss ways to bee more successful with your bees, get a sweet honey crop and keep your bees healthy. Please give us a listen.
 
A NEW Beekeeping Podcast with a global perspective. Honeybee keepers, farmers and scientists love talking about bees and honey production and their audience will be intrigued by this hidden, female-led, democracy producing one of the most ancient of sweet treats. What most beekeepers don’t talk about is their personal journey to mindfulness, reinvention or business success. In an increasingly stressful world where we are all looking to improve our sustainability, lighten our footprint and re ...
 
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(Original Air Date: April 9th, 2020) Ken and Max had a heck of a week trying to work their bees. So much so that Max has flipped from keeping the feral stock to wanting to requeen them all. Tune in now to hear about how it all went haywire.John Swan; Ken Milam による
 
Joining us is Bee Culture contributor and author, Ross Conrad. Ross is a commercial beekeeper in Vermont. He runs a small commercial operation running about 100 colonies and all are treatment free. He makes honey, does a bit of pollination and does a good bit of teaching. He is the author of Natural Beekeeping, a serious look at keeping bees withou…
 
In this week's Podcast: Questions, Questions, Questions. You sent them in, and I'll do my best to give you an answer. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 184 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now sponsored in part by Simon The Beekeeper - 'Making beekeeping an affordable hobby…
 
Nucs over double-screen boards, more winter patty love, boxes with wood shavings vs foam board top insulation....the winter testing ground here we come. An extra for patrons--Links to equipment and videos mentioned in this episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/58906090 Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make …
 
On today's episode we talk about what it means to walk a different path with bees. My friend and natural beekeeping advocate Alasdair Mackenzie of 18 Bees shares how his journey has evolved from traditional backyard beekeeping, to providing swarm habitat and educating land owners about the importance of forage throughout Oregon and Washington. Chec…
 
The social distancing and lock-down of Austin continues, so the guys carry on with their telecommute remote broadcast… In this episode they discuss some of the various projects that Ken and Max has gotten themselves into, including a Trap Out of a couple different colonies. John gives a bit more insight into how that type of process really works. T…
 
In this episode, we invite Cliff Struhl on the show to talk about his company, Bee Smart Designs. Cliff actually got his start in manufacturing beekeeping equipment because his wife didn’t want cinder blocks and 2x4’s as hive stands in her very well-designed gardens around their home. Cliff, whose business is manufacturing plastic, blow molded side…
 
In this week's Podcast: As the days get shorter and the darker nights arrive you might be thinking there's less beekeeping to do but never fear it's time to dust down the microscope and delve into the microscopic world of pollen. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 183 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted …
 
Last year, we talked with The Good Food Foundation about their annual honey contest (S3, E14). This year, we bring you four of the 15 finalists to talk about their entries and their beekeeping operation. Winners will be announced the week of the episode’s release! Honey for the contest is entered and only compared to honeys from the region it is pr…
 
In this week's Podcast: This week I've been waging war on pests and diseases, it's not a complicated process and most would call it good housekeeping. Time then to put on the rubber gloves, light the stove and start the Autumn clean up. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 182 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm del…
 
We welcome back Dr. Brittney Goodrich, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis. Brittney joined us originally on October 5, 2020 to talk about her research on the importance of Almond Pollination contracts. Today, she joins us to discuss just how the success (or lack thereof) of the almond pollination seaso…
 
In this week's Podcast: The apiaries continue to get their Autumn tidy-up and I discover that I need to get a grip of my storage challenges before my hives get destroyed by an old adversary. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 181 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now sponsore…
 
In this latest edition of the Natural Beekeeping Corner, Les Crowder joins Nathalie for a chat about Hive Intensity Thresholds verses available forage in a region. The pair also discuss some aspects of how important the queen is to your natural beekeeping practices, as well as a plea for beekeepers to resist the urge to purchase and resale honey fr…
 
For this episode, we invite back our regular regional beekeepers to sit down with us and discuss how their season went, what surprises they had, what worked, what didn’t and what they were planning for in 2022. In their discussions with each other, they talked about making comb honey, mead, honey prices in their area, swarm preventions techniques, …
 
In this week's Podcast: Farmers markets and country fairs, sometimes they're great sometimes they're a flop, stay tuned to hear how I got on last week at the Holkham Hall Plant Fair here in Norfolk. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 180 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now …
 
In this episode, we talk with Jonna Sanders about AŽ hives (NA Beekeepers say “AZ”. We learn today that it correctly pronounced “AH-shah”. Jonna is a lifelong AŽ Hive beekeeper and sells AŽ hives in the US. Today we talk with her in depth on how beekeepers manage these hives. We talked with Regional Beekeeper, Paul Longwell back in May as part of o…
 
In this week's Podcast: The chilly mornings have begun, the nucs continue to pack away the fondant and I'm preparing products for a weekend market. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 179 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now sponsored in part by Simon The Beekeeper - 'Making …
 
John and Ken talk about some of the current events and John gives a high level walkthrough of a bee removal from a shed floor, and if you toss in a little crazy talk about smoke you will have rounded out this Bonus Episode! (Original Air Date: March 26th, 2020)John Swan; Ken Milam による
 
Imagine a completely automated beekeeping operation. Well, BeeWise has created the Bee Home, housing 24 colonies that is a solar powered, insulated, and completely automated for every beekeeping management task. Saar Safar, our guest today, was approached by a beekeeper that had a rough idea of what he wanted, and Saar put his own skills at mechani…
 
In this week's Podcast: Our Autumn feeding continues, I'm uniting weaker colonies and we've even had a September swarm! Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 178 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now sponsored in part by Simon The Beekeeper - 'Making beekeeping an affordable hob…
 
In random string of thought fashion, this episode covers Ken's discover of Tom Seeley and his books; his incoming packages of bees; to treat or not to treat your hives; and even a little background on pure mated bloodlines in queens! Tune in now to learn all about it. (Original Air Date: March 19th, 2020)…
 
We continue our conversation with Mary Reed, Chief Apiary Inspector for the state of Texas where we join the gang amid a fit of laughter. All bets are off pretty much right from the start as the group tries to compose themselves. But, there are some great bits of information that sneaks in there between the outburst of laughter. Oh, and did we ment…
 
South African beekeeper Chris Kroger visits the podcast to tell me if the things I've heard about beekeeping there are true or false. A chirping bird also makes an extended appearance. I'd love to hear your thoughts (not about the bird). To watch this discussion on YouTube: https://youtu.be/7BezNyqxzQM (please leave your comments there)To check out…
 
In this episode, we talk with Steve Repasky about his book, Swarming Essentials, published by WicWas Press in 2014. Steve is in the middle of updating his book and we found him ready to talk about swarming in general, and what’s new in the world of swarms that he’s putting in his next edition. Basically, the biology of swarms hasn’t changed much, a…
 
Listened to an episode of Honey Bee Obscura (their episode 41) on fall feeding and wanted to share observations it brought to mind and other ideas about feeding options with you all. It's that time of year! This episode of BFAF released on 06 OCT to Patrons and to the public on 10 OCT. Patrons, remember you have your own audio RSS feed for all the …
 
In this week's Podcast: It's a scorcher! Temperatures have been hitting the high 20's Celsius, that's up in the 80's Fahrenheit. It's a great time for continued inspections to make sure colonies are Queen right. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks and welcome to Episode 177 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our po…
 
What happens when you take the motor cowling from an 85 horsepower V4 Johnson outboard boat motor and turn it into a swarm trap? Well, we don’t actually know. However, Ken and his son Max are willing to find out! Tune in now as Ken and John discuss this, and a few other random topics to round out a truly random bonus episode. (Original Air Date: Ma…
 
Bees employ various strategies in order to fend off pest and diseases. Join Nathalie as she discusses how bees do this naturally at both the colony and individual level and how this understanding can help you choose bees that will give you the best chances of success in your natural beekeeping endeavors.…
 
Today, we talk with Dara Scott of Advanced Science out of Galway, Ireland, makers of HiveAlive. Off the west coast of Ireland grows a variety of see borne plants, commonly called sea weeds, that have evolved defenses against their biotic pests that live in the ocean. Bacteria, antifungal organisms and other biotic pests are well controlled by these…
 
In this week's Podcast: In this week's Podcast, Finally, we have all the colonies home safely and the process of assessing, feeding and uniting starts in earnest. Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 176 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now sponsored in part by Simon The Beek…
 
Grab yourself a slice of strawberry cake and pull up a chair while Ken and John ramble on. Did you know that a bad combo of bee genetics can be the cause of a spotty brood pattern? Could Ken finally get his Bahama Mama? You’ll have to go brave the DropBears to find an Australian Penguin in order to get the answers. Well, that… or you could just tun…
 
Doing the first look-back of the 2021 season at the things that have gone well so far! Thank you Patrons and Listeners! I appreciate each and every one of you. kind regards, Leigh (recorded 21SEP21 - released to Patrons on 26SEP21) --Please become a "Friend of the Podcast" on Patreon and join the folks who make the podcasts possible! In addition to…
 
Join John and Ken in cabin 13 just off the shore of lake Buchanan as they discuss Ken's absence from the last main episode, his surgery, and him missing out on all the studio fun. This includes a little PSA for Men and prostate issues. Ken also gets to taste the Jerrabomberra Urban Honey for the first time. For longtime listeners of the show, this …
 
This week we talk with researcher and author, David Aston about his book, Good Nutrition, Good Bees. It’s exciting to see how much information on honey bee nutrition is becoming available. This is happening as both new research and looking at existing research in a new light. David Aston, and his coauthor and wife Sally Bucknall, have focused on pr…
 
In this week's Podcast: The return from the borage continues and I'm confronted with bees that really don't want to stay in their new homes! Hi, I’m Stewart Spinks, and welcome to Episode 175 of my podcast, Beekeeping Short and Sweet. Sponsorship: I'm delighted to say that our podcast is now sponsored in part by Simon The Beekeeper - 'Making beekee…
 
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