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About marriedwithbees

I am half of a husband and wife beekeeping team. In 2016, I left the corporate world to focus on things that matter: helping people, raising bees, tending the garden and playing with dogs.

Making a Bee Hotel

Most people don’t realize that over 4,000 species of bees live in North America.  Many of the same factors that threaten honey bees threaten wild bees.  Honey bees just have better publicists so you hear more about the struggles of honey bees.  People can help wild bees by making bee hotels.  Bee hotels provide habitat to some of the common wild bees such as mason bees and leaf cutter bees that make their homes in small cavities they find in wood. Continue reading

Honey Bees And The Green New Deal

Marriedwithbees.com is all about bees and beekeeping.  I don’t make political statements because even though I have opinions I recognize that rational, educated people have different life experiences and different opinions.  That’s ok with me.  The bees don’t care.  Bees make honey for people of all political persuasion, and bees will sting without preference to political party.  I have been reading news article about H. Res. 109 (aka The Green New Deal) introduced by Representative Ocasio-Cortez, but today I decided to read the actual text of the resolution in order to see, “What’s in it for the bees?” Continue reading

The Honey Bee, The Almond, And The Miracle of Modern Agriculture

As new beekeepers, we read a lot about bees.  I can’t stress enough to people considering beekeeping that you need to do your homework.  The homework isn’t difficult.  No calculus is involved, but it requires time and effort.  As we studied, I kept coming across references to almonds and California almond orchards.  I decided to investigate further, and what I found was astonishing.  Thus, this blog post was created so you could be astonished too. Continue reading

Even Barbie Keeps Bees!

This past weekend our local bee club hosted a free school for new beekeepers, and over 160 people attended.  Beekeeping continues to rise in popularity as more people develop an awareness of the need for these precious pollinators.  No longer is beekeeping a fringe hobby for survivalists and environmentalists.  Bees and bee supplies can now be purchased at Tractor Supply Co, a large scale retailer.  Even Barbara Millicent Roberts better known as Barbie is keeping bees.  A good friend of mine saw this Beekeeper Barbie in a store and sent me a picture of Barbie in all her plastic glory. Continue reading