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    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…

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    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…

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    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!…

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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! 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…

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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. 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…

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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 that one of their congregation sites during their long journey is here in Nemaha County! A very good friend and fellow beekeeper has a beautiful acreage about 10 miles from Aunt Bea’s Apiary. Her home is surrounded by tall Cedar trees, which are preferred for monarch roosting. Often times, roosting locations are used year after year, and my friend has been seeing…

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    Nebraska Barn Reception

    My sister recently graduated from high school, and in true Nebraska style she had a beautiful barn reception. The barn was built on my family’s farm over 80 years ago. It has been updated in recent years to accommodate for changes in modern farming practices. This includes taking out a majority of the upper hay loft leaving catwalks on 3 sides. This allows guests on the “upper deck” to look down to the ground level. It also allows my dad to park his larger tractors inside. All in all, it made a beautiful setting for my sisters graduation. This celebration gave us an opportunity to make our first tiered tree…

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