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So, what happens when you get inspected by the Pennsylvania Dept. lf Agriculture Bee Inspector?
Well, watch the video below and you will see how our inspection went. I personally love being inspected, the results have always been good and it's a fantastic opportunity to learn from someone who sees all the apiaries in my part of the State!
Getting through a winter in northwest Pennsylvania can be a challenge, especially for the honey bees...
I am always interested in their pollen sources early and late in the season. This short video was taken March 12th 2012. I suspect the pollen (bee bread) they are carrying back to the hive is from trees.
The first warming days cause a feeding and gathering frenzy in my bee colonies.
Watch all the way through and you'll see a close up of bees gathering sugar water with their very articulated tongues.
If you have a sustainable living hobby such as keeping honey bees, don't forget to pass down what you know to our youth.
Backyard apiaries are disappearing as we depend more and more on huge international conglomerates to provide honey.
Pollination has been largely turned over to mobile apiaries which travel on 18 wheeler flat beds. This constant loading and moving of the colonies stresses them and many of these companies have suffered profound losses in recent history.
Backyard apiaries such as the one I have here at Fred's Fine Fowl are very important for localized pollination and yield a consistent high quality bounty of honey and comb. It's so easy that even my five year old Nephew is rapidly becoming competent at honey bee management. He plans to have his own hives in years to come.
Grow, eat, buy and benefit from local growers and businesses as much as possible.
I believe in including children in programs like 4-H and in passing along skills that produce usable food resources.
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This is RAW HONEY
From our NW Pennsylvania apiary (bee hives)
Registered with the PA Dept. of Agriculture, License #0059HA
Owned and operated by: Frederick J. Dunn of www.FredsFineFowl.com
What is RAW honey?
Raw honey is un-processed honey, straight from the hive. The only thing which has been done with this honey, is extracted from comb and then poured through course filters. Tiny particles may still be in your honey.
Proven Health Benefits (not for children 1 year old and younger)
"In digestive disturbances honey is of great value. Honey does not ferment in the stomach because, being an inverted sugar, it is easily absorbed and there is no danger of a bacterial invasion.” "For anemics, dyspeptics, convalescents and the aged, honey is an excellent reconstructive and tonic. In malnutrition, no food or drug can equal it. The laxative value of honey, on account of its lubricating effect, is well known. Its fatty acid content stimulates peristalsis. In gastric catarrh, hyperacidity, gastric and duodenal ulcers and gall bladder diseases, honey is recommended by several eminent gastroenterologists.”
Honey as a treatment for stomach ulcers. A team of researchers from the University of Waikato in New Zealand studied whether honey could benefit those afflicted with the H. pylori bacterium known to cause gastric ulcers. Within three days, honey stopped the growthof bacterium colonies!
For treating allergies
Ada, Oklahoma (AP) - An Oklahoma allergist told a meeting of 150 beekeepers that raw honey is an effective treatment for 90 per cent of all allergies. Dr. William G. Peterson, an allergist from Ada in the 1950's, said he now has 22,000 patients across the nation who are using raw honey along with more customary medications to relieve allergy symptoms.
"It must be raw honey because raw honey contains all the pollen, dust and molds that cause 90 per cent of all allergies," he told a meeting of the Oklahoma Beekeepers Association. "What happens is that the patient builds up an immunity to pollen, dust or mold that is causing his trouble in the first place. The raw honey must "not be strained, not even through a cloth." he added. "I know the customer wants good, clear strained honey, and that's fine, but for health reasons, raw honey is what we need." Dr. Peterson said he and the 20 doctors at his clinic at Ada normally prescribe a daily teaspoon of raw honey. The honey treatment continues even after the allergy is under control.
Raw honey can be stored for years under proper conditions. Out of direct sun light and avoid high heat.
Honey from the Store: To attain and maintain that liquid state for a long shelf life in retail stores, honey must be heated to 181 F for 24 hours, which destroys most of the inherent good qualities of honey. Indeed, the heating produces the chemical hydroxymethyfurfural (HMF), which in Europe is considered an unwanted adulterant, and heated American honey is therefore illegal to sell in Europe due to their pure food laws (Dr. Roger Morse, "Gleanings in Bee Culture," March, 1985).
Read more about truly RAW honey at: http://www.reallyrawhoney.com/
At times, your honey, in jars or honey bears, may turn into a semi-solid state.
This is called crystallizing and it's very common with RAW honey, depending on the source your bees use, it may happen quickly, slowly or not at all.
If your honey crystallize, this is what you can do to restore it's fluid properties...
Semi-opaque chrystallized honey bear
All you have to do now, is take your honey bear and put him in warm water, up to his little neck!
Raise the temperature slowly until it is a little over 100 deg. F. Then put the lid on the pot and allow the bear to sit in that temperature for around 20 minutes, check it and leave longer if necessary. **do not allow water to get inside honey bear**
Honey no longer pours out...
Honey Bear in his sauna...
If it is necessary to re-heat honey in plastic honey bears
be careful not to overheat, as there are claims (I could not validate) that plastic material at high heat may enter the honey.
I never heat any honey over 140 deg. F
Higher temperatures may damage the raw aspects/benefits of the honey or even melt your bear!
Same honey bear as pictured above, after re-heating.
Visit a friend who raises chickens, ducks, guineas or has their own honey bee apiary... be happy for a day. Learn sustainable living practices with your own living space and be happy for a life time! Live healthy, bring joy to others...