Tag Archive | health

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

alive but not thriving, our first hive inspection

We opened up the hive this afternoon for the first time since the winter.  We’ve been seeing a fair bit of activity coming and going from the hive for the last couple of weeks, so we weren’t too worried about the hive as a whole, but were looking forward to seeing what had happened in […]

the buzz, as of late…

I’m not sure if any of you out there have noticed it, but there have been tons of news articles over the last couple of weeks that discuss the state of bees on our planet.  From pesticides to  colony losses and potential food issues, bees are taking centre stage in the news and hopefully the […]

the first cut is the deepest…

the first cut is the deepest…

Baby, I know! One of our favourite stories to tell about our first summer of beekeeping is how we managed to escape 5 months of hands in a hive without a single sting for either of us.  A perfect track record and a great experience to share with those who might be a bit more […]

the dirt on dirt…

the dirt on dirt…

We focus a lot of our attention on what grows out of the ground and what we build on top of it, but often, little attention to the ground itself.  The overall health of our soils is important in supporting the growth of all of our foods and fibres, whether directly or indirectly, but also […]

on bees overseas

the honeybee prefecture, japan “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”  ~Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in Kyoto, Japan, for a work-related visit and serendipitously found a few local beekeepers to chat with.  Not particularly […]

what rhymes with kombucha

what rhymes with kombucha

mmmmm… fizzy! Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that is gaining popularity in North America. Known as tea kvass in Russia, it’s been used as a tonic for centuries in other cultures. Kombucha, similar to other naturally fermented products like sauerkraut, is said to have health benefits related to digestion and your immune system. Kombucha, […]

[we’re a] three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich

[we’re a] three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich

mmmmmm sauerkraut I love sauerkraut. Being vegetarian, there weren’t an awful lot of hot dog opportunities to enjoy this condiment in my youth, so I didn’t fully appreciate this delightful way to enjoy cabbage until I learned how to make it myself. One of the best resources out there to help with fermenting foods in […]

harvest time in the backyard

harvest time in the backyard

Ahhhh harvest time!  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been digging up potatoes, pulling up beets and (tiny) carrots, picking tomatoes, beans, squash and zucchini, and finding some odds and ends like garlic we planted last year and a couple hot peppers from a pepper plant that we received in the CSA. If you’re in […]

CSA on the home stretch

CSA on the home stretch

The second half of our CSA deliveries have brought new challenges into our kitchen as we’ve received squashes, loads of beets and new herbs to try. (And seriously, what do you do with a soccer-ball sized kohlrabi?) There have been many more choices each week and bins of  assorted veggies to drive you crazy deciding […]

the second honey harvest…

the second honey harvest…

 this time, with some finesse… Before leaving for summer holidays, we planned to do one last bee inspection, potentially harvest some more honey and clean up the broken comb that we had caused in the first honey harvest.  There were a few new combs that had been built, filled with nectar and already capped for […]