Real or Fake honey

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 honey” I bought recently...

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 don’t know – it seems too good...

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 (with...
2013 Beekeeping has begun

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 continued on with...

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, in process of conducting...

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 frameToday’s...
A trip to the “bee spa”

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 Works...

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...