Friday, January 29, 2010

Beekeeping Class

This winter we have been taking a beekeeping class and we are learning alot! It has been really interesting and we are hoping to expand our beehives this Spring. We had 3 hives on our farm last year (1 belonging to us and 2 others belonging to a friend) and we could really tell that they helped pollinate the garden. We saw bees all of the time and our yields for most things were good, even though we had a less than ideal growing season with our wet and cooler than normal Summer. The wet and cool weather also took a toll on the honey harvest. We were only able to harvest 3 pints of honey from our hive and our friend harvested around 150 lbs. ( I think) of honey from 4 hives. We have learned in our bee class that in a good year it is nothing to harvest 150 lbs of honey per hive! We are hoping to add 2 more hives to our 1 that we already have...and we are hoping for a Summer that is a bit warmer and drier! If all goes well, we'll have some all natural honey to sell!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 Membership

We just wanted to let everyone know that our 2010 member list is quickly growing, so if you are interested in becoming a member you need to email us soon. Also, for any members from last year that would like to continue membership this year (and you HAVEN'T contacted us yet) please do so soon so I can add your name to the list as well. Here's to a great 2010 growing season!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Longing for Spring...

Is anyone else tired of winter? I am longing for a warm spring day to be outside in the garden. I've been looking through seed catalogs, putting together my orders and it makes me want spring here even more! It seems we have had all types of winter weather this year in Iowa...Lots of snow, frigid cold, fog and hoar frost, now an ice storm. Winter can't last forever, right???