Real or Fake honey

West Seattle Honey is sourced from hives in Seattle.  Knowing where your honey is sourced is imperative, else you could end up with fake honey which is prevalent when honey is imported.  Can you spot the fake honey?  The “imitation […]

The Beekeeper’s Dream – Flow Hive

My inbox has been inundated with friends giving me awareness to, and asking questions about Flow Hive TM and whether this setup is for real, whether it will work, do I want to purchase one, etc. Well, here is what I think: I […]

2013 Swarm Season is HERE!

This week marked consistently warm temperatures in Seattle (close to 70 degrees) after a long bout of cool rainy weather. For bees (and beekeepers)  this means swarm season! Swarming is a way for bees to propagate their species – by splitting one colony […]

2013 Beekeeping has begun

This past weekend, we were blessed with beautiful blue skies and sun in Seattle, so the 2013 apprentices kicked off their season with a post mortem on a “deadout” hive (a colony that didn’t make it through winter). Apprentices who […]

Beautiful Bees in October

A Recent hive check at the Queen Ann apiary was simply beautiful. A sunny, blue-sky day in October with bees flying over the greenbelt of blackberries (done with their bloom), and seasoned apprentices working the hives. Pictured here is Kim, […]

A Sticky Situation…

A sticky situation for sure… having honey all over your hands.  This is a normal occurence in extracting honey, despite your best efforts otherwise. Amy Lassen, a Seattle Bee Works apprentice, perfects her technique of uncapping a honeycomb frame Today’s […]

A trip to the “bee spa”

Seattle Bee Works and apprentices traveled out to the “bee spa”  (a local farm) to pickup several hives and return them to Seattle, after having the benefit of an extended foraging period beyond the blackberry flow offered in Seattle. The Seattle Bee […]

What’s it like to have 50,000 bees living in your backyard?

Most folks look a little nervous when I tell them a full operating beehive holds around 50,000 bees.  Even so,  many are interested in “hive hosting” (providing space for a hive) in a back, or sideyard for Seattle Bee Works to manage. In Seattle, municpal […]

2012 Seattle Bee Works Beekeeping Apprentice Program is the Buzz!

2012 Beekeeping Season is in full force and is happening with a few extra hands this year to keep the bees of Seattle Bee Works healthy and happy. In early Spring 2012, twelve apprentices were selected from a stack of applications to participate in the inaugural apprenticeship program offered […]

Beekeeping in 2011

Beekeeping in 2011 was an interesting endeavor for new and experienced beekeepers alike… For starters the bees “season” was delayed due to the cool weather. New packages of bees weren’t delivered until May (normally this would happen no later than […]