Category Archives: beekeeping

The Most Important Crop I Am Growing This Year

I was unsure if I should even write a post this week.  The events of the past two weeks have been jarring, and they exposed the deep wounds that racism continues to inflict on the nation.  I pray for comfort, justice and peace for all of those who are hurting now.  While I agree that silence is complicity, I also think that we don’t all need to speak at once.  This period has been a time of deep reflection for me, and I intend to write more fully about that in a future Left Field post.  I just don’t have the words yet, so I have been gardening and praying. Continue reading

Grocery Shopping with Honey Bees

Grocery shopping has taken on a new meaning in the pandemic.  Grocery shopping is my favorite of all the household chores.  I love the orderliness of a grocery store, the bright lighting, and the products from around the world.  I like trying to find the subtle Jedi mind tricks that the grocery store uses to get me to buy more.  Grocery shopping has become a more harrowing and utilitarian chore since the pandemic.  I no longer linger in the aisles.  I get in and out like a commando hoping that I haven’t contracted a deadly virus along the way.  Our local bee club hosted a virtual club meeting this month with the Kentucky State Apiarist, Dr. Tammy Horn Potter.  She educated us on honey bee nutrition and discussed what forager bees have on their “grocery list.”  In this post, I will share with you some of Dr. Potter’s facts, which blew my mind.  Her talk resonated with me since I like both bees and grocery stores. Continue reading