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11-20-2013, 11:25 AM


A couple of weeks back we had a great chat with Karen Bean from Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey, we both enjoyed the chat, hopefully you will learn some new things. Karen keeps her bees in a remote part of Washington state. In a place called Maple falls.

In this chat you will learn:-

How how to run a blog from an off Grid Farm.
Keeping Bees in America without using Antibiotics
How a lot of Beeswax products in the US have American Foul Brood (AFB) in them.
Why starting with smaller depth boxes may be a better option for you.
A possible cure for American Foul Brood (AFB)

Have a listen to the chat here:-
Karen Bean - Off grid beekeeper and blogger extraordinaire - KM036 (

11-21-2013, 01:47 AM
In the interview, did I hear her say that AFB is in all wax products in the States. Was she referring to foundation also?

I have been assured that due to the slow heating process involved with foundation wax that no active spores exist after treatment. Otherwise, anyone who put foundation in their hives would get AFB.

Michael Bush
11-21-2013, 06:27 AM
Spores in wax are sealed up with wax... that is usually not a source for AFB.

11-21-2013, 02:50 PM
I wonder if commercial wax makers heat the wax? I know if you boil AFB infected boxes at 160C for fifteen minutes, it kills the spores. Perhaps this is a precaution that commercial wax makers could use?

Does anyway out there know if this happens in America?

Thanks for response Michael, we would love to interview you on our podcast in the future? Are you keen to come on?


11-21-2013, 03:52 PM
There is a pretty well accepted paper from Australia (if I remember correctly) showing that although wax processing isn't hot enough to kill spores, spores encapsulated in wax via foundation were not a risk. I don't know of anyone refuting these claims with any kind of data, it isn't a new study.