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  Topic: Just finished two cedar hives with windows for a customer
Fr. White

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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:39 pm   Subject: Just finished two cedar hives with windows for a customer
Those are some very nice looking hives. Well done. I love the natural look of the cedar, too bad it is so expensive to buy.

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  Topic: Local bee keeper associations
Fr. White

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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:25 pm   Subject: Local bee keeper associations
So one of the pieces of advice I keep seeing on here for beginners is to join your local bee keepers association. I have looked at my local association's website and they seem very oriented towards L ...
  Topic: South Carolina, naturally
Fr. White

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PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 4:16 pm   Subject: South Carolina, naturally
I am in Richland County (near Columbia) and just now getting into bee keeping. I am hoping to find others that are interested in natural bee keeping in our area. I am probably going with Warre hives ...
 
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