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When Good Bees Turn Bad

“Honey bees don’t want to sting you.”  I tell school children this all the time when I conduct outreach events on behalf of our local beekeeping association.  What I don’t tell the children is that my statement is only partially true.  Honey bees do want to sting you in the months of July and August.  During this period, our naturally docile bees turn into hell on wings.    

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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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