The front page notes for the year 2013 and first quarter 2014 about happenings here at Beeutiful Bees in Beefield have been archived to make room for current information, but you can read them by just following the link.
Members of the Coastal Empire Beekeepers Association:
Effective with the June 2014 meetings will now be held at Oatland Island and we will no longer be permitted to bring you our mobile storefront. Only customers who preorder their needs by telephone and ask that they be brought to the meeting will be able to purchase from us. These orders must be prepackaged prior to meetings for delivery only. Oatland Island requires a $50 fee for each appearance of a vendor. We do not clear $50 profit from the sales we make to club members each meeting. With the current cost of fuel there is no foreseeable chance without unrealistic price increases that we can continue to provide full storefront service at CEBA meetings. We always welcome all members of CEBA to visit us by appointment here at Beefield.
Members of the Beaufort Jasper Beekeepers Association: Effective for May 2014 we will no longer bring our sales trailer to meetings in South Carolina due to the cost of fuel unless we are specifically asked by several club members for the specific month they meet. We will gladly accept all preorders by telephone and bring those orders prepackaged for delivery.
Effective 1 April 2014: 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.
Savannah Leaders Lobbied for Bees
The city of Savannah Georgia officially bans the ownership of honeybee hives. Their fear being that bees sting. They haven't banned cars yet and they are more dangerous than a swarm of bees on a warm Spring day, but hey, lack of knowledge and education is the basis of all fear and prejudice so expect the ban on cars soon too. Dr. Barbara Phillips a customer who has visited right here in Beefield is a bee keeper by hobby. She owns hives in four different areas of Chatham County, but none in Savannah, because that's illegal. She hopes to change that. See this WSAV news report from May 6th about her efforts and if you live in Savannah, join her cause to educate the leaders of Savannah.
Lumber Prices Skyrocket!
Reaching a 15 year record, prices of timber products has skyrocketed bringing the reality of economics to the front door of beekeeping. Our most recent trip to suppliers on 11 April has brought a sudden need to raise prices of all our woodenware. More on the price hikes, from the Wall Street Journal, from Reuters, from Forest Industry, from the government watchdog AEIdeas Public Policy and from Quartz, the startling discovery of 45% price increases.
Bee Toxic Garden Plants Locally
Enter the Ides of March as 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.
Our Calendar of Events
see where we have been this Spring thus far
Read Spilling the Honey brought to you by the Georgia Beekeepers Association.
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! 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 candlers in 2014, we provide high quality eggs from our free range Americana, New Hampshire Red, 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 got high concentrate sugar water for $2 a gallon, bring your 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.
Yes, we do have a photo gallery here at Beefield. You can even create a user ID and load one of your own. Be sure to share your uploads with friend by giving them the link to the page. Make sure you provide a date, place and description and bee'come a star poster.
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.
Where are your bee boxes working?
At the present we only service a small area in SE Georgia for pollination, extractions and bee rescue. While you are out you can identify our Beeutiful Bees boxes easily, each box has this large easily seen bee. RFID enables us to keep up with our hives.
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