I’m guilty, you caught me – I have an undying love for the honeybee. My name is Anita and I’m a honeybee fanatic and beekeeper living outside of Boston, MA. I share my passion for bees by blogging about honeybees and beekeeping. I want everyone else to see how amazing the honeybee is too!
Did you know that honeybees pollinate 1/3 of the foods we eat? Almost all fruits and berries as well as many vegetables, nuts, herbs and spices are all dependent on the honeybee. Did you know that almost every substance the honeybee produces from the honey, to the pollen, to the propolis, to the sting, has amazing health benefits that we are just finding out about? Not only does raw honey taste amazing, it helps with sore throats and coughs, relieves seasonal allergies, and heals burns and wounds with its antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
There’s a saying in the beekeeping world – “If you ask 10 beekeepers a question, you will get 10 different answers.” Every beekeeper has their own way of doing things and every beehive has its own personality. My hives are on the roof of my house in a suburban neighborhood. This blog chronicles my experiences as a backyard beekeeper in Massachusetts and also includes honey recipes, instructional posts for beekeepers, facts about honeybees and honey, gardening for honeybees, product reviews, reporting of local beekeeping events and more. By writing this blog I hope to educate bee lovers, beekeepers and others with an interest in beekeeping about the importance of backyard beekeeping and help foster a deep love and understanding for the precious little miracle called the honeybee.
I started my first colony of honeybees after taking a 9 week beekeeping course at Essex County Beekeepers Association. Now I help teach that very same course! I am currently on the Board of Directors for the Essex County Beekeepers Association and Massachusetts Beekeepers Association, a member of Worcester County Beekeepers, Eastern Apicultural Society and American Apitherapy Association. There are so many aspects of beekeeping that I am learning new things everyday. I try to share as much as I can with you here in posts and pictures. If you enjoy my blog please share it with your friends by clicking the share button on any post or page. You should also subscribe to this blog right now to get the latest beekeeping news, tips, honey recipes, beekeeping events and updates via our free email newsletter.
Honeybees are amazing creatures and essential to our environment. These tiny little beings are vital for the local food supply and the pollination of the surrounding plants, wetlands, backyard and community gardens in the area. They also produce beautiful beeswax which can be used for many wonderful things including candles, lip balms, and soaps. Not to mention all that sweet, delicious, yummy honey! I used to think I was the beekeeper but so far the bees are doing a pretty good job of keeping me.
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