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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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Beekeeping 101 – Workers, Queens, and Drones

27 May 2014

This is the third installment about the Clean Slate Farm Apiary. Read more here. In beekeeping the “beek” or beekeeper needs to monitor the activity in the hive to see if the queen is producing new bees. The beek is also on the look out for the queen. A bee hive is more than just a […]

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