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  Topic: New Yorker article re: Syngenta and the lengths they go to
Wildflower_VA

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PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:24 pm   Subject: New Yorker article re: Syngenta and the lengths they go to
The nefarious lengths Syngenta (and Monsanto, Bayer, Du Pont, etc.) will go to to cover up valid, scientific evidence of the dangers of their chemicals is mind-boggling.

A Valuable Reputation

Af ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 33
Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:35 pm   Subject: Re: newbie thinking about starting a hive
Thanks for the info! Bummer about the grant $$ being scarce, but I guess I should have expected that. Is there a good place to get used (read cheaper) hives in Virginia? Nothing on Craig's List tha ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 33
Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:55 pm   Subject: Re: newbie thinking about starting a hive
Hi all,
I'm not in the Shenandoah (in Richmond VA) but hoping for some help. Does anyone know if Warre hives are "legal" in VA? I saw that state law requires beekeepers to "provide m ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 33
Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:44 pm   Subject: Virginia Top-Bar Beekeepers Group on Facebook
Christy Hemenway has started a top-bar beekeepers group on Facebook for each state. I just joined the one for Virginia yesterday. There are few members as yet, but I would love to see this group bec ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 33
Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 4:23 pm   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
I am also in the Valley, in Augusta County, just a few feet from Rockingham county. Laughing

RobertHello stranger!! Good to see you posting again. I've missed you!
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 33
Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:55 pm   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Anyone using Warre hives?
I am in Morgan County, but drive though Winchester every week.
My bees don't seem to be starting out great. See my post in "Urgent Help"I don't know anyone using ...
  Topic: New sub-species discovered!
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 3
Views: 4782

PostForum: TV, Video, Blogs and Other Media   Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:58 pm   Subject: New sub-species discovered!
Commented Dr. Phoule ‘with their extra leg, they are better able to keep time to the dance. It is rather like watching a bee do the hokey-cokey’ (sic).

Hilarious! Looking forward to seeing that o ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 33
Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:09 pm   Subject: Re: Back Creek Valley, Shenandoah neighbor
Hello to the locals. Smile

Hello back atcha!! Welcome to the forum!!
  Topic: My distractions...
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 10
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PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:33 pm   Subject: My distractions...
What is 4H?
I've heard it referred to on another forum in relation to horses.

The four H's are on a four-leaf clover and stand for "head-heart-hand-health." Wonderful organization!

...
  Topic: Suggestion for a bee plant thread.
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 42
Views: 68272

PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:20 pm   Subject: Suggestion for a bee plant thread.


There was a section on this forum to share bee-friendly environments and I am not finding it right now.

Really? I've never run across anything like that. If it were still around I probably woul ...
  Topic: Suggestion for a bee plant thread.
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 42
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PostForum: Bee products, recipes, bee plants and apitherapy   Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:05 pm   Subject: Suggestion for a bee plant thread.
I spent an hour reading up about Caryopteris x Clandonensis aka Longwood "Blue Mist". HEAVY floral density, deer repelling.....
after you mentioned it Charlie and plan to try it out in our ...
  Topic: My first hive!!
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 6
Views: 7415

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:16 pm   Subject: My first hive!!
Very nice! I'm looking forward to seeing the ground again and temperatures above single digits at night. It's been a rough winter and I'm in the South.
  Topic: Corny Joke
Wildflower_VA

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PostForum: Foraging on the Far Side   Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:31 pm   Subject: Corny Joke
Q: What do you get if you cross a bee with a door bell?
A: A hum dinger!


Q: How many bees do you need in a bee choir?
A: A humdred!


Q: What kind of bees hum and drop things?
A: A fumb ...
  Topic: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 34
Views: 51626

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:19 pm   Subject: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU
...Syngenta said, stakeholders should "concentrate on practical solutions to bee health, which most experts agree is damaged by ... the loss of habitat and nutrition."


I happen to agree ...
  Topic: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 34
Views: 51626

PostForum: Environmental issues, GM, pesticides and campaigning   Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:59 pm   Subject: Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU
Syngenta, Bayer challenge EU bee-saving pesticide ban

(AFP) – 1 day ago

GENEVA, Genève — Swiss agrichemical giant Syngenta and German chemicals group Bayer on Tuesday said they were taking leg ...
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 33
Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Wed May 08, 2013 5:23 pm   Subject: Re: Hi, I am new to bekeeping
Hi I am new to beekeeping here in Arlington, VA close to Washington D.C
I am a pipe and or cigar smoker and wanted to ask if it is okay to smoke a pipe or a cigar instead of using the smoker. I just ...
  Topic: A Bully Bee?
Wildflower_VA

Replies: 6
Views: 8147

PostForum: Photo gallery   Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:55 am   Subject: A Bully Bee?
Incredible video, even before the bully bee. Never seen anything like it.
  Topic: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Wildflower_VA

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Views: 42910

PostForum: Local Groups and Mentors, USA and CA   Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:09 pm   Subject: Keeping bees in Shenandoah Valley, VA
Hello!

I am in the Shenandoah Valley in Augusta County, near the Rockbridge County line. I would love to be able to stir up some interest in sustainable top-bar beekeeping, but am not having much ...
 
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Conserving wild bees

Research suggests that bumble bee boxes have a very low success rate in actually attracting bees into them. We find that if you create an environment where first of all you can attract mice inside, such as a pile of stones, a drystone wall, paving slabs with intentionally made cavities underneath, this will increase the success rate.

Most bumble bee species need a dry space about the size a football, with a narrow entrance tunnel approximately 2cm in diameter and 20 cm long. Most species nest underground along the base of a linear feature such as a hedge or wall. Sites need to be sheltered and out of direct sunlight.

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