Tag Archives: bee keeping

Episode-1217- Jason Bruns on Capturing Wild Swarms

Jason Bruns of LetMBee.com

Jason Bruns of LetMBee.com

Jason Burns lives near Liberty, IN. His primary profession is in hospital pharmacy. He began keeping bees in 2010 because he was interested in pollination for his garden and obtaining a honey for his family. Initially he had planned on keeping two hives.

Things got interesting when he figured out how easy it was to catch feral bees that were local to his area. Currently he keeps about 30 hives of untreated/unfed bees amongst endless fields of soybeans and corn (mono-crop hell).

Jason joins us to discuss sourcing honeybees by Swarm trapping for sustainability and self sufficiency for the backyard or even the sideline beekeeper. Including how catching local bees can simplify your beekeeping life and make beekeeping more affordable.

Join Jason and I Today as we Discuss…

  •  How can catching local bees can simply a beekeeper’s life
  • What if you live in an area that has both Africanized and European honey bees
  • Why wild bees are more resilient then pacified bees
  • The advantages of locally sourced feral bees
  • What is a swarm trap and how do they work
  • How to construct a swarm trap
  • How do bees find the trap
  • How do you pick trap locations
  • When do you deploy swarm traps
  • After you have caught a swarm then what do you do
  • If you have to buy your bees what is the best way to go

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Episode-1049- Surving Superstorm Sandy and The Southern Maryland Beekeeper

Check Out The Backyard Pioneer

Check Out The Backyard Pioneer

We have two interviews for you today, first up Mike Prunty “The Backyard Pioneer” who has a small urban homestead in Long Island New York on his experience with Hurricane Sandy.

Mike is a 39 year old suburban husband and father, he works as a Lineman for Verizon and is an avid hunter and do it yourselfer.  He heats with wood and grows a big garden each year. This year he started to get into using a smoker and has his first batch of home brew going right now.  Unfortunately like many in the North East his progress was more then slightly impeded by Super Storm Sandy.

Today Mike joins us to discuss Hurricane Sandy and it’s immediate after math for his family and how our basic preps made life easier.  Today we discuss the last minute preps he made and how that made a big difference along with what it was like living on generator power for an extended period.

We also talk to mike about how his friends and neighbors reacted to his skills and knowledge during the event.  Then  we discuss what Mike calls the  “indispensable prep” and how it made the biggest difference of all. Finally we finsh up with after now experiencing a big disaster what Mike will do differently and what holes in his preps were exposed.

Check out the Southern Maryland Bee Keeper

Check out the Southern Maryland Bee Keeper

Next we move on to Craig Yardon, “The Southern Maryland Bee Keeper” for a discussion that is the end of our series on keeping bees.

Craig discusses the on going threat of CCD, natural bee keeping and the concept of “small cell” bee keeping and how it can drastically improve the bees ability to withstand the virola mights that are currently a huge problem for many keepers.

We also discuss the advantages of the warre hive and how it is sort of a cross roads between top bar and conventional bee keeping including the huge advantage of being able to take honey off the top of the hive.

We also discuss how to improve the virility of your hive, how to raise bees with no chemicals and how owning bees can drastically improve your results on the homestead beyond honey production.

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Episode-1029- Jack Jones on Bee Keeping

While it Can Appear Frightening to Some, A Swarm is Easy to Work With and Non Agressive

While it Can Appear Frightening a Swarm is Easy to Work With and Non Aggressive – Photo Credit to sean cumiskey via flickr

Jack Jones is a small business owner in Ardmore, Oklahoma.   He is a 3rd generation owner of his family’s plumbing business.  Currently 33 years young and the proud father of 3 beautiful children.

Jack and his family live on their family farm and raise chickens, beef, and pigs.  He also enjoys gardening, hunting, shooting.  He’s been member of his towns local volunteer fire department for 7 years.

He has now been involved in beekeeping about 3 years.  At one time he had 21 hives but last year but lost 15 hive because of colony collapse disorder (CCD).

Even with that set back he has now built his hives back up to 15 and done so at no real cost by catching swarms and splitting hives.  Today he joins us to discuss how you can begin bee keeping and some ways to get started easy.  He covers how to process your own honey and the basics of hive care.

Jack Joins Us Today To Discuss…

  • Why Jack became a beekeeper, it’s different reason then many have
  • The difference between real/raw local honey and grocery store “honey”
  • How do you process honey
  • What are some current threats to honeybees
  • What to do if you think your hive is “Africanized”
  • What do words like “super” and “nuke” mean
  • How to “catch a swarm” and why it is very safe to do
  • Why your first step should be reading, reading and reading
  • How to start a new hive from square one the EASY way

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1015- Disaster Response and Backyard Bee Keeping

Citizens Helping Citizens is Critical in a Disaster

Citizens Helping Citizens is Critical in a Disaster

Join me today for a two parter,  First a mini segment on an idea I want to develop with this community in 2013, the TSP-DRT or The Survival Podcast – Disaster Response Team.

As I watch people in need in NJ and NY right now I want to help and I have realized I am highly prepared to take care of my family, myself and my neighborhood.  I realize, however, that I am not well prepared to help fellow citizens many states away, and I should be.

Next we have Keith Blazer on for an interview on amateur back yard bee keeping.  I have had quite a few people on who are deeply involved with bee keeping at a professional level.  With Keith we have an everyday member of the audience that has had both success and failure with his bee keeping.

After hearing his story I think many more audience members will feel comfortable giving bee keeping a shot. I know it has me more fired up then any previous interview, all I can think of is man that would be a lot of mead!

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Episode-00991- Ned Farrell from Happiary.com on Beekeeping

Ned and His Wife Sharyn in Bee Keeping Mode

Ned and His Wife Sharyn in Bee Keeping Mode

Ned Farrell has been a beekeeper for the last 24 years.  Part of his beekeeping experience was in Paraguay, South America, teaching farmers how to keep honeybees with the local African (killer) bees.

Ned uses and teaches people how to keep bees with both the modern Langstroth hives common in the U.S., along with what he considers “more appropriate technology”, top bar hives common in other parts of the world.

Ned like many beekeepers feels the honeybee in the United States is in trouble. tis is due to a combination of factors like the overuse of pesticides, attacks by predatory mites, and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  Due to these occurances honeybee numbers in the U.S. are dwindling at an alarming rate.

Ned wants people to understand that only honeybees can pollinate our flowers and crops to the extent we need. Honey, with all of its nuances and health benefits, can be produced only by bees. Our vast scientific knowledge cannot manufacture hive products in the laboratory. Without the honeybee to take care of pollination and to create the hive products, we are in trouble.

He joins us today to discuss how we can help the bees reestablish the populations many of us remember from the not so distant past.  How to get started bee keeping and why top bar hives really are all they are cracked up to be.  We also discuss how you can keep bees just about anywhere and where to get the equipment you need to get started.

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Episode-955- Matt Reed on Natural Beekeeping

The Warre Hive - A Different Take on Tap Bar Bee Keeping

The Warre Hive – A Different Take on Top Bar Bee Keeping

Special Note –  For the next two weeks get 8% off of all hives at Matt’s site, Bee Thinking with the discount code “survival”.

Matt Reed founded “Bee Thinking” in 2008 as an internet resource for beekeepers throughout the world. At the same time he began mass-producing foundationless Top Bar and Warre hives for his own apiary.

Soon he had a great deal of interest from many people who were getting involved in foundationless beekeeping so he began selling the same hives he uses to those in the bee keeping community. Today he sells these hives to people all over the world.

Matt’s philosophy is simple.  The chief end of beekeeping should be to provide the bees with the ideal environment in which to thrive. To do this, the beekeeper must engross his or her mind with a wide range of bee-related information detailing the bee life cycle, history, hive design, management and innumerable other topics of importance. Without this knowledge, it is unlikely that the bees or the keeper will have success in their endeavors.

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Episode-944- Phil Chandler “The Barefoot Beekeeper”

Phil Chandler the Barefoot Bee Keeper

Phil Chandler the Barefoot Bee Keeper

Phil Chandler got his “wake-up call” in 1971 when he met Edward Goldsmith who was about to launch The Ecologist magazine.  Phil lived for several years in the 1970s a hut in the hills in northern England, learning to fend for himself by hunting, growing, learning about farming.

Along the way he started own printing business, published local magazines, and later progressed to data processing when computers became available. He even taught IT for a while, then ran rehab project for people with disabilities, many ex-military.

Phil heavily campaigned against GM crops in 1990s, during which time he came to realize the real importance of bees and other pollinators. It was at that time that he took up beekeeping in 2000.  His research on modern methods led him to conclude that things needed to change.  So he experimented with hives and settled on top bar hive.  A few years ago he wrote “The Barefoot Beekeeper”  which has now sold over 15,000 copies worldwide .

Tim joins us today to discuss natural beekeeping for homesteaders and survivalists and answers questions like,  Why are bee so important?, What’s wrong with modern beekeeping? What needs to change with modern agriculture? What can the average non-beekeeper do to help the bees? and What is special about “natural beekeeping”?

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Episode-349- Listener Feedback and Events for 1-5-09

Today we do another feedback show with a bit of a change up, I also include a blog post from a fellow preppers blog, a news article, a story from the great north and an amazing email about TSP’s impact in Iraq. In fact the letter from Iraq is so amazing I was only able to read part of it on the air so I posted it so you could read it in full (with a few edits) on our forum.

Tune in today to hear…

  • Soup is for the prepper – cool item from Safecastle
  • The TSP Iraqi audience
  • Money market funds are no longer the safe investment they once were
  • A tale of one family and a big winter storm
  • Thoughts on the top bar beehive design
  • Great blog post (6 Reasons You Won’t Survive)
  • Dave Canterbury’s Slingbow and update on his new show on Discovery
  • Is a good gun a hedge against inflation
  • Is sterling silver flatware and similar items a good silver “investment”
  • Can the government prevent you from growing food from a 1930s era law

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Episode-233- Listener Questions 7-08-09

Today I am broadcasting live from the BOL and will answer questions about I answer questions about water storage and harvesting, storing diesel fuel, raising bees, bugging out, indoor gardening, power outages and more with an upload and posting assist from Starbucks and their awesome wireless hot spots.

As you may already know we were delayed in our return from Arkansas due to a break down.  When I got to the hot spot last night to update everyone and get all my mail there were a ton of new questions.  So not having the time to do any research I decided to do a listener question show today.

I will also fill you in on our break down and what it taught us about common sense preps, a little video we shot and some other tails from the road.

Tune in to hear…

  • Why a AAA Card may be one of the best preps you can have
  • Why a tool kit and mechanical knowledge won’t always get your vehicle moving
  • My thoughts on Bee Keeping and allergy control with “local honey”
  • Storing water in BPA plastic in a truck and preventing negative effects on the water
  • What productive plants can you grow indoors that won’t bring in bugs
  • Are there any issues with using a cave as part of a structure
  • Will refugees stop at the first big forest they come to
  • How do you extend the storage life of diesel fuel
  • How do specialization and division of labor effect survivalists
  • What about using dry ice during an outage to keep the freezer cold
  • What are the proper dimensions and methods for installing swales

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Episode-180- Survival Podcast Listener Calls 4-15-09

Join me today as I take calls from the audience on a variety of questions.  Enjoy the enhanced audio today as I will be back podcasting from the car tomorrow.

Tune in to hear…

  • What should you do with your tax return?  Spend it to stimulate the economy or save it?
  • What about emergency kits?   How do you create one, what goes in them?
  • How do you plan multiple routes out of your city and what about new features from Google maps?
  • When and how do you plant in areas with long cold winters like Wyoming?
  • What steps do you take when you travel long distance by air to be as prepared as possible for a SHTF when far from home, family and friend?
  • Can old pancake mix be dangerous?  The answer may surprise you.
  • What is top priority?  Debt reduction?  Prepping?  Or saving cash?
  • Can you capture and domesticate wild bees?  Should you?
  • What should you do to get started saving seeds?

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