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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-970- Natural Bee Keeping with Conventional Hives and Inland Storm Prepping

Issac's Projected Path

Issac’s Projected Path – Click for Larger Image

Today we have a two parter.  I begin by answering a question I have gotten a lot lately.  That is, “what am I personally doing to deal with what will be tropical depression Issac when it passes for all intents and purposes directly over my house”.

The answer is, well not that much different then the typical things I am always prepared for but there is a basic checklist, some travel adjustments and a simple mindset that we are putting in place to be ready for the remnants of this storm.  While those far inland such as myself won’t have 90 MPH winds and storm surge we run the same risks of any severe weather event.

Additionally Issac is moving painfully slow (6-10 MPH ground speed) so we will likely have sustained winds in the 2o MPH range for 8-12 hours and heavy rainfall for a lot longer then that.  I think anyone in the path of this storm needs to be prepared for loss of power and flooding in low lying areas.  If like me you are on a ridge 900 feet above surrounding low lands you might not flood but your access to services may be cut off.

Mil Apostol

Mil Apostol – Beekeeper, Organic Gardener, Chef

We then turn to today’s main subject, natural beekeeping with langstroth hives.

I think that since the first two bee keepers in our beekeeping series were top bar folks some of you got the impression that I am against what could be called a “conventional hive”, I am not, in fact I am a bee keeping novice to say the least, that is why I lined up a series of people using various methods.

Today’s guest is Mil Apostol.  Mil has been keeping bees in her backyard since 2008 when she got her first hive.  She studied with master beekeeper Serge Lebesque and keeps her hives chemical-free.

Mil believes in learning from local wild bees about how to be a better beekeeper. She has an organic garden, worked as a chef for many years, and also is an avid forager of wild foods.

She joins us today to answer questions like,

  • How do you get started in beekeeping?
  • What basic gear do you need to start beekeeping
  • What are the start up costs of setting up a system properly?
  • How much work is involved in beekeeping over a year?
  • How can you be a chemical-free beekeeper?
  • How many hives should a beginning beekeeper start with?
  • Expected honey yields and pressing equipment?
  • Is maintenance free beekeeping an option?

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