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  1. #1
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    Default Hello all!

    Hello to all on this site. I am Mike, from Angustown Farm in Greene County, Ohio. I am currently exploring the possibility of taking up beekeeping in 2013. I have a friend with a couple of hives already established on my farm. The honey is wonderful and I would like to try to manage some bees to supply some more. Since I raise grass (and legumes) and cattle, I think bees would be a good fit in my operation to aid in the pollination of the legumes. I am here to learn all I can before I jump in!

  2. #2
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    Pickens County, South Carolina, US
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    Default Re: Hello all!

    Welcome to the site!

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    Default Re: Hello all!

    Welcome Mike. Glad to see you are planning ahead for beekeeping!

    Have you considered planting some specifically bee-friendly plants nearby (in addition to the grasses and legumes)? For example, varroa mites are supposed to dislike lavender. http://www.themelissagarden.com/TMG_Vetaley031608.htm

    Some other information which you may (or may not) find useful:
    Research from France indicates that honey bees which forage in an area with plant diversity have a stronger immune system than bees in a monoculture environment. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8467746.stm.

    I also have a loose 'fact' floating around my mind about bees choosing to fly longer distances in order to forage in an area of higher plant diversity (I just can't pin down where I heard the idea from ). Ah, wait a minute, it's from an article about native bees: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1226080902.htm
    Jeanette
    HiveTasks Software for beekeepers

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    Concord, CA
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    Default Re: Hello all!

    Welcome, & enjoy.
    Dan

  5. #5
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    Alachua County, FL, USA
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    Default Re: Hello all!

    Welcome Mike!
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