Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Post Sandy Rooftop Status

With winds expected to gust north of 60 miles per hour, we got lots of inquiries from our rooftop beekeeping friends about the security of their hives in prep for Sandy.  Indeed, the entire east coast was on alert, and the eye took a path west only a little more than 100 miles north of us in DC.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

EPA Rally in Washington Today

Well, not really a rally, more of a small gathering of like-minded folks focused on the the use of neonicotinoid pesticides organized by the Center For Food Safety.  I got a ton of hits on the blog page giving notice of the rally,  but alas the attendance was sparse.  More folks have shown for some local bee meet-ups than at this event.  Given the mid-day schedule and the downtown location it may have been difficult to rally the troops.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More Beekeeping Classes Scheduled

We've had a lot of interest in these classes, and thus we are adding (much to my wife's surprise) two more weekends:

November 3rd and 4th;
November 10th and 11th.

These classes run from 1-4 at my home in Georgetown.  The cost is $300, and includes a basic hive, a veil, and a textbook, as well as plenty of refreshments:

Please email me at jeff@dchoneybees.com if you are interested.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Wax moths have been a consistent problem this season for all local beekeepers, and as I toured my hives this past weekend I discovered several that have gone belly-up.  I find this strange as the particular hives in question were very strong, thus allowing for better guarding of the entrance and protecting the infestation.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Save the Date For the Bee Rally At EPA

The Center for Food Safety is sponsoring a rally in downtown DC on October 25th at noon.  Bring your friends and encourage the EPA to scrutinize the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

Here is the flyer:


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Harvesting Honey at the Farm

If you have been following us for a little while, you know we have a relationship with the folks at Paris Barns in Paris, Va, an organic farm and animal rescue.  They have become a little more famous as they have taken on the zoning board of Fauquier County and are now embroiled in a court case with the County.