Beekeeping 101 – Hive Inspection

5 August 2014

Our beekeeping journey at Clean Slate Farm continues. The frustrating thing about beekeeping is maintaining patience. As I pointed out in previous posts, patience is indeed a virtue. The bees do what they want to do, when they want to, where they want to. When you keep bees, at least as a newb, you want to check […]

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Honey Bees at Clean Slate Farm

21 July 2014

Well the honey bees have arrived at Clean Slate Farm and the hives are buzzing. The bees arrive in what is called a nuc, short for nucleus hive, which contains roughly 1,000 to 2,000 honey bees, which we set up next to the hives they would eventually take over as their home. Here is a YouTube […]

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Strawberry Jam Made with Pomona’s Pectin

15 June 2014

Several years ago while making jam I was struck with the amount of sugar needed to make a batch. For jam using four or five cups of fruit one needs to add six to seven cups of sugar, and that started me questioning the whole process. I want to taste the fruit not the sugar. […]

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