For the bees

We've been hard at work "prettying up" our Honeybee Conservancy here at Rodale Institute and making a comfortable home with a well-stocked pantry for the ladies. The 2013 Conservancy has a new physical arrangement and a whole new set of beds that include nectar plants that bloom throughout the season and incorporate biodynamic principles. As you'll see from the schematic below, there is a research component as well. We'll be looking at the impacts of compost, compost extracts and biodynamic preparations on the health and vitality of the plants. Stay tuned for updates on what we find out!

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4 Responses to “For the bees”

  1. matt polis

    ’tis enjoyable writing Amanda. particularly “prettying”.
    In a sentence or two, would you be willing to describe any colony collapse you may have seen lately? Am researching for our Habitat tv show..

  2. DeepGreenGreenie

    Looking at your Sister Honeybee Conservancy site –, I see that a requirement is to “Rotate more than 30% of the comb out of hive each year to minimize environmental residue build-up in wax”. That implies that you are using foundation. Whether plastic or wax, that is not natural. Bees allowed to draw comb naturally, ie, without foundation will build different cell sizes and not just one size as forced upon them by foundation.

    Can you confirm that you are using foundationless frames or top bars?

  3. amanda

    Hi DeepGreenGreenie,

    We use foundationless top bars and our bees draw their own comb naturally. That means the colonies are expected to rebuild 30% of their comb each year.


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