April 2018: Grafting for queen and nuc production has begun. Please contact me if you are interested in virgin queens, I can make them in about two weeks and I will essentially make them on demand for you. Takes two weeks.
February 2018: Swarm trapping season is beginning. If you live in Jackson or Josephine County Oregon, and you’d like to be a swarm trap host, which helps the bees as a species and protects your home and property from a swarm settling in and requiring an expensive removal, click through to this page and learn how a swarm trap works. If you’d like to make your own swarm traps and catch your own free bees, check out this page.
January 2018: Just back from speaking at events in Alaska and Pennsylvania, I’m hard at work doing a major update to this site, going through every page word by word and making sure everything is still on track for what I want to communicate. This year, my “new thing” is to sell queens. Please don’t try to reserve them, please don’t send any money, I will post when ready and sell on demand. Also, I have decided that my foray into Mann Lake plastic PF-1xx frames is going to be put to the side, except for honey supers, instead focusing on getting wooden medium frames in there. Plastic frames have been a dismal failure in swarm catching, overwintering, and in narrow frame beekeeping. So I’m going with wooden mediums with wax foundation in swarm traps and broodnests.