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About Beekeeping in the Berkshires

Here at Berkshire Farms Apiary we've been keeping bees and making honey since 2005, with hives in most of the surrounding towns. We also make pure beeswax candles, lip balm, and hand salve, as well as give presentations. As secretary of the Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association, I am very active in the local beekeeping community.

A Honey mini-Farm Stand

I’ve had bees for over 10 years now and I’ve sold honey at farmers markets, craft fairs, colleges, contra dances, and special events. One of the best places to sell is right from home. After a while you start getting … Continue reading

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Extracting: From hand crank to motorized

This is my current extracting setup. I’ve made improvements over the years. It started out as a used Maxant 3100H hand crank extractor that I bought from a fellow beekeeper and friend. After a few years of handcranking, I saw … Continue reading

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Swarm Time

This won’t be an in-depth talk about swarming. There are entire books addressing the subject. It’s so easy to always be a little bit behind, but at this time in the Berkshire bee season, it pays to be ready for … Continue reading

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Old Henry and the Painted Hives

Old Henry was a beekeeper. Well, actually he was a farmer who also had bees. He kept a couple of hives along side the barn where they got sun most of the day. Henry lived in Western Massachusetts in a … Continue reading

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Selling Honey and other stuff

It was a good season for honey this year. We are currently selling several sizes. 1/2 lb jars $6 (sold out) 1/2 lb decorated gift jars $10 (sold out) 1 lb round jars $10 2 lb Classic jars $20 2-1/2 … Continue reading

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Queen Mistakes

We were installing some packages a few weeks ago and my helper mistakenly took the cork out of the queen cage. As luck would have it, she flew (the queen, that is). I told my helper that queens will often … Continue reading

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Giving a Great Bee Presentation

You may have been a beekeeper for years, or you might be starting out. One thing for sure is that once people know you have a bee hive they will have questions. Often, one of those questions is “Will you … Continue reading

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