Soapmaking 101

Aunt Bea's Apiary held its first soapmaking workshop this past Saturday. 17 participants met at the American Legion Building in Johnson and watched as I demonstrated how to make a simple batch of soap using the cold process method. I think one of two things happened:...

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A Sweet Project

One of the ways that Aunt Bea's Apiary supports itself is through product sales. We offer honey, soap, lip balm, salve, bee on a bike t-shirts, beeswax candles, and more. Money from product sales helps us maintain the apiary and educational outreach program. I...

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Bees Observe 5th Grade Class!

Aunt Bea's Apiary recently received an extra special donation. Lunzmann Realty, Inc. donated a traveling observation hive and some much needed teaching materials to our organization. We thought the bees would like to observe those interesting and peculiar 5th graders!...

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Meant To Bee

You've probably already heard the news, but let me say it again! Aunt Bea's Apiary products including honey, soap, lip balm, and beeswax candles are now being sold at Serendipity in Auburn! Yay! All product sales support our apiary and educational outreach program....

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Apples with a Side of Bugs

It's apple picking time! Here are my organic apples.....full of bugs! It doesn't bother me, I simply cut out what is bad and make freezer apples, applesauce, or natural fruit leathers (rollups) with the rest. My freezer apples use a modified version of an apple pie...

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Homeschool Adventures

September 2nd was a beautiful day and I don't just mean the weather. We were honored to host several homeschool families from the surrounding area. It was wonderful to meet not only the kids, but their parents too. I was amazed at their attentiveness, kindness and...

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The Monarch Butterflies Are Here!

Did you know that Monarch Butterflies are the only butterfly known to make a two way migration like birds do? Using environmental cues, monarchs know when it is time to fly south for the winter to their second home in the Sierra Madre Mountains. It just so happens...

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Renovations Reveal Part Two

It's time for part two of my renovations reveal! This is our small but awesome educational space, lovingly designed by yours truly! Initially I didn't want to tell anyone that the education space was in our basement. I figured people would think dark, damp, and dingy....

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Little Learners Preschool 2016

Twenty enthusiastic preschoolers visited Aunt Bea's Apiary in June as part of their summer bee camp. We had a wonderful time learning about the inner workings of a honeybee hive and the equipment beekeepers need to take care of bees. Other highlights included nature...

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Swarm Season 2016

I've been wanting to write about honey bee swarms for a while now, but thought I should wait until the end of swarm season so I could include our stats! Swarming is the natural means of reproduction in honey bee colonies.  This is when a honey bee colony produces...

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Is Aunt Bea Real?

We get asked all the time if Aunt Bea is a real person.  I never imagined that people would think we made her up for marketing purposes, although I can see now how one might drawn that conclusion. Bernice Waniska, lovingly known as Aunt Bea, was my great aunt (my...

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Bees and BBQ

Even the bees wanted to take part in the annual Johnson Father's Day Chicken BBQ celebration!  A friend alerted me on Sunday evening at the BBQ dinner that bees were flying around the building across the street from the school.  I happen to know the lady who lives...

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