March was a busy month as beekeepers came to acquire the "stuff" that makes the life of a beekeeper busy. Tax day is here as the ides of April settle in and accountants everywhere are asking questions. One of the questions we ask agricultural beekeepers here in Georgia is of a copy of their GATE card. Georgia Agricultural Tax Exemption is a Georgia program that allows farmers to not pay sales tax on goods used in farming. If you are in the bee business, whether selling honey at the farmers market or growing acres of cotton and peanuts, the GATE card can be applied for on line, and the cost if the card quickly reclaimed through sales tax exemption Just be sure to annually bring us a copy of your current year GATE card for our records, the accountant requires it for audit purpose. You can apply online for just $20 or by telephone for just $25. A complete list of Frequently asked questions is here https://forms.agr.georgia.gov/GATE/images/GATEFAQs.pdf
The Mobile Storefront
Members of the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association:
Effective with the June 2014 meetings (Yep, its almost been a year now) are held at Oatland Island Education Center. The location does not normally permit our mobile storefront. Only customers who pre-order their needs by telephone and ask that they be brought to the meeting will be able to purchase from us for those meetings. These orders must be prepackaged prior to meetings for delivery only. We always welcome all members of CEBA to visit us by appointment here at Beefield.
Members of the Beaufort Jasper Beekeepers Association: We gladly accept all pre-orders by telephone and and by arrangement bring those orders repackaged for delivery. We last brought the store to your Ridgeland SC meeting March 17th 2015. We enjoyed hearing fro the new SC Beekeepers Association President.
We welcome Georgia newest Beekeepers Association, Altahama Beekeepers Association meeting in Lyons Georgia. We thank you for the invitation to attend.
We also are excited to announce the newest applicant for membership in the Georgia Beekeepers Association the Effingham County Beekeepers Association meeting at Fellowship Bible Church on Old Dixie highway north of Springfield.
In an effort to protect beekeepers who purchase our products Beeutiful Bees has adopted the policy of "no returns" on foundation and woodenware. Honeybees can be poisoned and these poisons cannot be seen. We want to guarantee our customers that the product they receive is free from any harmful elements and in this way we can be sure we have given you the finest equipment.
Bee Toxic Garden Plants Locally
Enter the Ides of March and February dims into history. If you are a beekeeper you are painfully aware of the destruction GMO crops are having on bees, but did you know that unwittingly the home owner and gardener is also killing your bees? Our friends over at the Pollinator Stewardship Council have provided us some resources. Read these Ten Ways to Protect Bees from Pesticides. Click the button below for the complete report on toxic garden plants sold by companies like, Lowe's, Home Depot, and nursery suppliers nation wide. Speak out against the destruction caused by yet another genetically altered, pesticide infected living organism.
Farm Fresh Eggs
We have farm fresh eggs daily. See our price list and give us a call. We've got a new local number too! 912-842-BEES We quietly smile recognizing that we are all about "the birds and the bees" here at Beefield and in keeping with this we now offer farm fresh eggs daily. Certified Georgia egg candlers in 2014, we provide high quality eggs from our free range Americana, New Hampshire Red, Barr Rock, Brown Leghorn, mixed breeds of the above and even our Bantam chickens. Eggs come naturally in assorted colors and sizes and we offer the chance for your children to feed the hens while you shop for your bee supplies. Bring your carton for an exchange and save a quarter. We've also got high concentrate sugar water for $2 a gallon, bring your own container.
Every Blooming Thing
We've listened to you and now we need your action! We have started a journal of everything that blooms locally. It will only be successful with your input. Every Blooming Thing is a blog entry or journal entry that is open for your comments as we can update the list. Yes, you can get credit and even be location specific. Just go see what we've posted so far and start looking for blooms!
Who are we?
Honey is the oldest sweetener known to man. From the bear squeeze jar on your breakfast table to the carboy of mead under the staircase honey surpasses the billions of gallons of high fructose corn sweetener plaguing everything you eat as a healthy alternative. Honeybees are becoming an endangered species as far as bugs go these days. Varroa mites, small hive beetles, wax moths, Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), Africanized invaders, insect resistant genetically modified foods (GMO), aerial spraying in farm fields, droughts and the number of dangers increases annually while bees continue to decline quickly. Here at Beeutiful Bees we try to manage bees in our care with a natural kindness like you might with your cat or dog.
Mark & Ruth Mettler are delighted to share with you the life of a beekeeper. The grumpy old bear and his honey can give you an international view of beekeepers. Ruth is from the UK and most Southerner's love to hear her speak. This also allows you to see that beekeeping is not only one of the oldest vocations, it is standardized throughout the world. We delight in sharing with you something that may be with you for the rest of your life.
Altamaha Beekeepers Association (Lyons)