Anthony Andrist

Hive Design and the Honey Bee

The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others. — St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, d.407 What is in a design? Why do hives differ so much? Which hive is best? Choosing the best hive for your bees doesn’t need to be complicated. Once people began to keep bees, diverging from gathering the honey of feral hives, their homes have […]

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The Dance with Bees Continues

by Anthony Andrist Go to the bee, thou poet: consider her ways and be wise. — George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman Looking for simplicity and compatibility between styles, we moved next towards a top-bar design. Essentially, it is a wooden bar placed horizontally across the width of the hive and has a starter strip of foundation comb or a wax bead along the centre to encourage the bees to […]

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Dancing with Bees

With spring coming along steadily we thought it might be time to diversify our beehives into a more natural and sustainable medium. There are a number of designs available, but we wanted something simple and as natural as possible. Beekeeper working a typical Langstroth apiary Traditionally, the Langstroth design is a popular one, used mostly in commercial beekeeping. It has a bottom to top vertical arrangement, meaning the queen is […]

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What Happens When We Stop Observing?

You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself. — Samuel Levenson Front Sign for The Dunoon Honey man One of my recent experiences has been while beekeeping between Sydney and the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon. Over the last two years, I have learned a great deal from working and living in a Permaculture system but also from […]

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