Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hands On BeeKeeping Workshops

                                                                                         “MAY FARMS LLC”



During the past several years, while teaching Introductory Beekeeping classes,  it has become explicitly clear that class room lectures, coupled with a single field trip to the bee yard do not adequately prepare a new beekeeper to cope with all he or she will encounter in an “Apiary”.

Therefore, we are offering “Hands on Introductory Bee Keeping Workshops” at May Farms LLC in Greenville, SC. Emphasis will be on providing experience for new beekeepers while applying the test proven methods of Hands On - Is The Best Teacher. Weather conditions may cause revising workshop dates. Currently, the dates selected for the workshops are:

          June 2 & 16:  July 7 & 21:  August 4 & 18:  September 1 & 15:  October 6 & 20

The minimum class size will be 5; the maximum will be 10. Each workshop will last from 2:00 pm
to 5:00 pm. The workshop will consist of two (2) days, three (3) hours each and will be priced at $75 total. A bee veil, smoker, and hive tool will be required. The text, “The Hive and The Honey Bee” ISBN number 0915698099 is suggested, but not required. A note book will be provided and hand outs on each topic will be included. The “Workshop” will consist of a short lecture followed by a visit to the adjacent bee yard on each subject matter. This Workshop is designed for the new beekeeper with little or no experience, or for the experienced beekeeper who would like a refresher course on bee yard management. Emphasis will be placed on proper analysis of various stages of brood. 

Alternative dates will be given for inclement weather.

 A tentative workshop outline is as follows: (Subject to some revision)

I.                 Brief History of Beekeeping
II.                Importance of Beekeeping
III.               Castes of Honey Bee and Function of Each
IV.               Bee Keeping Equipment
V.                Bee Activities and Behavior
VI.               Thorough Physical Examination of Hives in various stages of developement
VII.              Diseases, Pests, and Treatments (Including Microscopic Examination)
VIII.            Seasonal Management
IX.               Hive increases
X.                 Conclusion and Summary

If you have any questions, please let us hear from you. Please send your sign up request for the workshop and deposit made payable to May Farms, LLC and mail to:

                      May Farms LLC, 100 Birnam Court, Greenville, SC 29615

The Bee Whisperer
Ralph C. (Buddy) May Jr.
100 Birnam Court
Greenville, SC 29615
Cell: 864-430-0318
Email: buddy_may@bellsout.net

Friday, April 5, 2013

Seasonal Allergies????


Consuming one spoon of honey daily help us to lead a healthy long life.

One Good Benefit of HONEY:

Suffer From Seasonal Allergies???
Especially for those who suffer from seasonal pollen allergies, wildflower honey can serve as a GREAT long-term remedy. By consuming even very small amounts of locally harvested honey, the human body becomes ‘inoculated’ against the very pollen allergens which trigger the allergic response. This form of ‘self-immunization’ is very similar to the homeopathic concept of “like heals like”. According to this Law of Similars, “by using drugs to induce symptoms, the artificial symptoms would stimulate the vital force, causing it to neutralize and expel the original disease and that this artificial disturbance would naturally subside when the dosing ceased.”[2}
In conclusion:
The best honey which is fit for healthy consumption is honey that is raw, organic, locally harvested and never heated in the process of transferring from honeycomb to jars. Using it medicinally for those who do not have sugar or weight problems is really the best, since there is nothing else quite like it as an efficacious delivery system. The honey bees works very hard to create such a nectarean substance; perhaps we can now acknowledge their contribution to global wellness.

{SOURCE: “Therapeutic uses of Honey in Ayurveda” by Dr. Krishna.R.S at Pioneer Thinking}