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Laura Saxton Heiman (among many other things co-editor of the Loomis House Press edition of the Child Ballads) allowed me to follow her around as she ...
Laura keeps her bees at Kathy and Nick Zeman's Simple Harvest Farm.Nick's free-range flock provides the eggs my family eats every day, and we have bou...
Each stack is a hive. Each box is called a super. The supers are full of hanging frames. The frames are full of comb.The bees glue absolutely every...
Laura says this step will generate hate mail. There is only one correct way to smoke, but no two beekeepers agree what that is. Laura's smoker is fi...
Laura had already removed a super full of honey earlier in the week, so this trip was mostly for show. She removed a couple of frames and brushed off...
This is Laura's grandma's extractor. It works by centrifugal force. You turn the wooden handle and the cage in the middle spins around and throws ho...
After the bees fill a honeycomb cell with honey, they put a wax cap over the top of it. Before you can extract the honey, you have to cut the caps of...
The extractor can hold two frames at a time. You spin the frames for a minute, then take the frames out and flip them around their long axis, then pu...
The high-tech honey filters are the cheapest-possible nylon stockings from Walgreens, which come packed in a gumball-machine egg.Stretch a filter over...
Well done, bees.
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Posted:Sep 21, 2008
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