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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.

Did my Hive Survive? what you may see in the spring

We all check our hives several times throughout the winter, right? Well you should, but this is just a short paragraph or two about what you might see in the spring, particularly if you haven’t kept an eye on your … Continue reading

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September meeting and banquet

        2017banquetRSVPform.docx15 KB Save to OneDrive – Personal Evernote Wunderlist                      September NBBA Newsletter & Meeting Notice   Next Meeting:   Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 7 PM  at the Adams Visitor Center, Adams, MA Guest Speaker : Tony Pisano Topic:  Making your own … Continue reading

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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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