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Why Are the Honey Bees Dying?

 


Lady Spirit Moon will be giving a lecture on the 5 things killing the honey bees and how the combination of the 5 things are creating 2 other scenarios. The lecture will be on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Madison County Bee Club meeting at the Madison County Ag Ext. Office in Marshall, NC. Their website has directions on how to get to there. There will be a potluck at 6:30 PM with a dish to pass. The meeting promptly starts at 7 PM. 

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Apitherapy Workshop

We will be having an Apitherapy
workshop in the fall. Check back after September 1st for details.



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African Project


BEe Healing and the Center for Honeybee Research have partnered in a beekeeping project in Dakar, Senegal, Africa. Lady Spirit Moon has traveled 3 times to Africa in 2013 to get to know brothers Andre and Jean Ndiaye. January, 2014, Ndiaye Apiaries was founded in the village of Nemending, a few kilometers from the New Gambia border. The above picture is the building that will eventually be renovated and used for the first honeyhouse.


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Leon Ndiaye

Andre and Jean's uncle, Leon Ndiaye, manages a 15-year old Mango Project of 3,200 acres with 6,617 mango trees. It was his idea to place beehives in the project when it began. Leon is a self-taught beekeeper and a bushman in every sense of the word. He hunts big game in the bush at night with his old Russian rifle he affectionately refers to as his second wife. At night the bush is so dark you can't see your hands in front of your face. Yet, Leon walks the bush and hunts for hours. The above picture is his handmade beehive he coiled out of local grass and colored twine.

Leone is learning beekeeping management techniques along with Andre and Jean. When the 3 fellas get a season of beekeeping under their belt, they plan to visit elementary schools and educate the importance of agriculture and beekeeping, how the 2 are needed for each other, and how both impact the Human race. 

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10 Hives were placed in a forest next to the Mango orchard. There was sense of timelessness while in Nemending as I watch Andre and Leone walk the 1/4 mile to hive spots. They cleared out the brush all around the tree's canopy to keep any forest fires away from the hives. African life in the bush is slow where one lives in the 'now.' There is a serenity in the slow life where folks take a break when the feel like it. If a neighbor drops by they get out the wire stand with coals, a tiny teapot, green tea, and lots of sugar. It is mesmerizing to watch them prepare the tea by adding the sugar pour the tea back and forth into two small glasses. The tea is strong, extremely sweet and drunk very fast.


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August, 2014, Dr. Norul Batriah Hassan will be spending with us during her sabbatical from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. She is a Pharmacologist doing research with a staff of 6 post-graduate students and 2 lab technicians. Norul is also a beekeeper wanting to learn no-treatment beekeeping. She has asked Lady Spirit Moon to co-author a book on natural, no-treatment beekeeping. Norul is also an acupuncturist and an apitherapist. She and Lady have the same apitherapist mentor.

Norul will be with us for 4 months this fall and will come in the spring for the 2nd year beekeeping practices.



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Check out the Center for Honeybee Research for the Black Jar Honey Contest.
2014 Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000

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