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Honey Bee Values: Diversity

Most people know that the queen is the mother of all the bees in the hive (usually! nothing is every 100% in nature, right?). In English, we call it a “colony,” but other languages use the word “family,” which really is more accurate. One hive of bees is generally a…

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Honey Bee Values: Hard Work!

Every once in a while, I think about why I fell in love with honey bees. They’re bugs! Who make honey. And have good values. What? Bugs have values? Well, kinda. And that’s when I realized that I wanted to write about honey bees and their values for you. Because…

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Working The Bees

Last winter was awful. It went on forever, and temperatures fluctuated from unseasonable highs to ferocious lows. And it killed all 6 of my colonies. Ugh. Fifty percent mortality is not unheard of, but all 6? Even though I prepped them for winter, fed them, treated for mites, provided ventilation….

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Something New Coming Up!

After the holiday rush, there’s a lull for businesses like mine. It’s a great time to take a deep breath and get creative! So that’s what we’ve been doing. Cole and I are working on some new lines to keep our fans happy. And we’re planning the spring bee yard maintenance….

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Cole Tucker, Beekeeper, Soapmaker

Introducing Cole, Avital’s First Employee!

Even though we haven’t been working together long, I can say that Cole is a great employee, and I’m lucky to have him. He’s a natural with bees and a quick learner in the workshop. I’m so glad he wrote to me! Now,  from Cole himself: Howdy! I’m Cole; Ithaca…

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A Little Biz Post

This year is about growth for Avital’s Apiaries. I’m participating in the Passenger to Pilot program for women entrepreneurs at REV, a business incubator here in Ithaca, and another class through Lucky Break Consulting. I’ve studied a lot of things in my life… but business wasn’t one of them. Until now. It’s…

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Doing Good & Doing Well

Are you local(ish) to Ithaca, and interested in having a beekeeper give a talk? Would you like a donation of Avital’s products for a raffle, auction, or other not-for-profit event? Contact me! I’d love to help! My business started because I was a beekeeper–a hobbyist, for sure–but one with around…

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Spring

What more can I say? After sub-zero temperatures, constant snow, and all around a miserable winter, today is a beauty. Just warm enough in the sun for my bees to get out and about. It looks like the two hives in my backyard made it through, though the struggle is…

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A Hard Winter

February has been over 10F colder than usual this year, with many nights well below zero. January wasn’t much better; I haven’t been tracking it, but the number of “snow” days and “chill” days (when wind chill and temp were under -20) and, therefore, no school, has been huge. It…

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BeeFocus: Propolis

I love showcasing the wonderful things that bees make, and how good they are for us! I’ve been infusing propolis in oil for a new balm, and realized that many people might not be aware of what propolis is, let alone why it’s good for their skin. So onward! Honey…