Category Archives: beekeeping

We Made A Large Scale Pollinator Habitat!

Loss of habitat is one of the biggest threats to pollinators.  Most people like to focus on pesticides as the reason for declines in pollinators, and they certainly hurt pollinators.  However, loss of habitat magnifies every other problem plaguing pollinators because no living creature can be resilient without a place to live and food to eat.  Honey bees garner most of people’s attention in the pollinator discussion for three reasons:

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How I’m Eating 40 Pumpkins This Year

How much pumpkin do you eat in a year?  Do you just eat a slice or two of pumpkin pie around the holidays?  Pumpkin pie spice lattes from Starbucks don’t count either because I’m pretty sure there isn’t much real pumpkin in those lattes.  Thanks to the super pollinating power of our bees, I had a bumper crop of sugar pie pumpkins last year.  Many people just think of pumpkins as fall decorations, but pumpkins are food!  If I grow the food, I don’t want to waist the food.  My challenge was to figure out how to use 40 pumpkins, and I am happy to report that I am on pace to eat about 40 pumpkins in approximately one year.  I am inviting you to jump down the pumpkin rabbit hole with me.

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