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Geek Beekeeping: Part 6 – Managing Networks

Geek Beekeeping: Part 6 - Managing NetworksGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

Commercial beekeepers perform a vital role in our food supply chain. Each year they manage and move a network involving millions of honeybee colonies between farms and fields to pollinate crops to increase yields. In 2008, the worldwide value of pollination services was over US$200 billion. Honeybees are one our most effective pollinators and beekeepers […]

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Geek Beekeeping 8.2 – System Debugging

Geek Beekeeping 8.2 - System DebuggingGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

Honeybee colonies are constantly under attack. Whether it’s the varroa mite, small hive beetle, wax moth, or tracheal mites. So what do you do? Well, you do the best you can to help them survive by using a combination of the least damaging and most effective treatments to knock down pest populations to economically sustainable […]

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Geek Beekeeping 2.1 – Swapping Out Cards

 Geek Beekeeping 2.1 - Swapping Out CardsGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

Managing a complex system, comprised of thousands of integrated components designed to operate as a functional unit, is a challenge. Both beekeepers & geeks know that the viability of the entire system relies on a critical component – the “motherboard“.

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Geek Beekeeping: Part 1.1 – Hardware Components

Geek Beekeeping: Part 1.1 - Hardware ComponentsGeek's Guide to Beekeeping

If you’re a computer geek, you know what every piece of hardware is for, where it goes, and when it needs to be replaced. If you’re a beekeeper, you know what every piece of hardware is for, where it goes, and when it needs to be replaced. Coincidence? I think not.

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Beekeepers do it with their Honey

Beekeepers do it with their HoneyBeekeeping Cartoons

Honey is the golden payoff for months of hard work – by both the honeybees and the beekeeper. Once the bees have capped off the combs, it’s time for the beekeeper to get to the task of extracting the honey from the frames, straining it to remove bits of wax and bottling it to sell […]

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Urban Beekeepers to the Rescue

Urban Beekeepers to the RescueArticles

Hurricane Irene had diminished to a tropical storm by the time she made landfall in New York City on August 28th, 2011, but she still packed a wallop that will be remembered for a long time. I have to admit I was totally caught by surprise when one of the top news stories of the […]

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Geek Beekeeping: Part 1 – System Overview

Geek Beekeeping: Part 1 - System OverviewArticles

I have to fess up – keeping bees was not my idea. The “queen bee” of our house floated the idea that she’d like to get a nuc back in 1999. I knew absolutely nothing about honeybees but agreed to “help” her, without actually committing to getting up close and personal with them.

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Up on the Roof

Up on the RoofArticles

“Up on the Roof” was a big hit for The Drifters in 1962 and it’s the earworm that pops into my head whenever I see pictures of rooftop beekeepers doing their thing. But it’s not really an earworm because it’s a catchy little tune that carries me into that zen-type beekeeping place in my mind […]

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