• Country Events

    A Hive Named Darwin

    We received an interesting call from a local farmer living about 10 miles away from us. It seems her son had purchased a hive of bees many years ago in hopes of becoming a beekeeper, but after discovering he had an allergy to bee stings, the hive was left to it’s own devices. It had been at least 5 years since anyone had gone near the hive. She asked if we would come check on them. When we arrived we found several of the bee boxes rotting and in disrepair. At some point a few of the boxes had become skewed leaving large gaping cracks that the bees were trying…

  • Workshops

    Adult Bee Camp

    In the world of natural beekeeping, there aren’t many people more famous than Michael Bush of Bush Farms. He has written several books and has a comprehensive website for natural beekeeping. When we first started out beekeeping and were full of questions, the Bush Farms website was my go to for finding answers. Michael Bush travels all over the country speaking about bees and imparting his 30+ years of beekeeping wisdom. One day while on the Bush Farms website I saw an advertisement for his yearly beekeepers camp. I thought to myself how awesome it would be to attend. I wondered where the camp was hosted. To my surprise, Michael…

  • Country Events

    National Pollinator Week 2017

    National Pollinator Week is an annual week long event held every year at the end of June. Aunt Bea’s Apiary had a fun filled week of activities lined up! The celebration happened to coincide with Peru State College’s Charter Day. On Tuesday June 20th, we dressed as pioneers and headed over for a fun presentation on beekeeping 150 years ago! We took along an observation hive and the children were very excited to see the bees up close! The following day we hosted our first annual kids bee camp! 14 campers came to learn all about pollinators. Highlights included building their own bee box and then taking it out to…

  • On The Farm

    Pollinator Garden Cart

    This fun little project was something we put together on a whim while trying to use up some of the barn wood from our collapsing barn. If you follow our blog, you know we’ve done quite a few projects with barn wood now including the ceiling and sliding door in our education center as well as siding our new greenhouse. 2 of the 4 wagon wheels were found in the ditch behind our house and we purchased the other two from Beard’s salvage in Auburn. Put them together and you have a garden cart! We planted native plants that are pollinator friendly and were purchased from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.…

  • Country Events

    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: 1. A bunch of ladies are going to start making their own soap. OR 2. I have a bunch of new customers for my dandelion soap! All kidding aside, I had a great time and am super appreciative for all the ladies who came out to participate and oohed and aahed over my homemade goodies. Your support means so much to me! THANK YOU!…

  • On The Farm

    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 typically store extra honey and soap that is saponifying in a large pantry off my dining room. Recently, I decided to give the pantry an update. We have an old barn that is collapsing and we’ve been trying to repurpose as much of the wood as possible. You may have read my blog post about our educational center and noticed the awesome reclaimed wood ceiling. For…

  • Country Events

    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! Okay, all kidding aside, it was a wonderful opportunity for the kids to learn about bees and then get to see them up close and personal! A heartfelt thank you to Lunzmann Realty for this wonderful gift! If you would like to make an item specific donation (we have a long list of items we need) please feel free to contact us! We’d love to talk more about our mission…

  • Country Events

    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. There is a LIMITED QUANTITY of honey, so get some before it’s sold out. Serendipity offers a wide range of gifts and decor including many items that compliment our honey such as tea and bee themed kitchen products. If you’re looking for a quick and unique gift, stop in and pick up one of their assorted gift baskets. I’m going to bee honest. There is a reason…

  • Recipes

    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 filling recipe, but I use a lot less sugar. Then I use them to make a healthy crockpot oatmeal! If you’re used to that super sugary prepackaged stuff, this recipe might take some getting used to. It has chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, honey (of course), coconut oil, and more! Scroll through the pics and find the recipe at the bottom. Enjoy! PICKING APPLES!…

  • On The Farm

    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 curiosity! A fun time was had by all, and we managed to sneak in some learning too. 🙂 Aunt Bea’s Apiary is the perfect destination for homeschool families. Our multidisciplinary teaching approach integrates many subjects and reinforces so many of the lessons being taught at home. These kiddos came on a great day as we were just preparing to harvest honey. They got an…

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