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New Hives!

Posted by Hannah Safford on April 1, 2013 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Post written by Ben Denzer.

This Easter weekend signaled the resurrection of the Princeton bees! On Saturday we had a good group of volunteers come down to the BEE yard where we removed our old hives, constructed a storage trunk, and put down mulch for our bee yard (to stop problems we have been having with weeds). It was a beautiful day and nice to do some manual work!

Today, with the help of Bob Harris, we successfully installed two boxes of bees into new supers. Bob ins...

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Bees on Sabbatical

Posted by Hannah Safford on March 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

by Nadirah Mansour

Winter’s always rough on bees. In fact, most beekeepers loose some percentage of their population every winter. We’d been lucky in previous years: we hadn’t lost hives before this year, when we unfortunately lost two. They’d made it through Hurricane Sandy, only to get a mite infestation. We hadn’t medicated because we’d had trouble finding medication in the fall (we’d harvested a little later this year), and this is likely w...

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Apian Academics: Current Topics In Bee Research

Posted by Hannah Safford on March 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 by Ben Denzer

This past month the BEE team hosted a panel discussion on current topics in bee research with Dennis vanEngelsdorp (University of Maryland) Elina Lastro Niño (Penn State) & Michael Smith '10 (Cornell, BEE Team Founder).


The panel was a great success!

We had a good crowd of grad students, profesors, community members, a few undergrads, and three beekeepers. 

The speakers themselves were great!

 Michael ...

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Sweet Times at 2D!

Posted by Hannah Safford on March 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

by Louisa Willis

We hosted our third annual Cooking with honey event this past November 18th! We gathered at 2-D and concocted a variety of dishes, incorporating our delicious honey into each dish! We took advantage of all the extra hands to jar the last of this years harvest as well.

Highlights from the meal include honey mustard tofu, brussel sprouts with a honey-balsamic glaze, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and baklava! To accompany the meal, we had an informal mead tasting. We c...

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Tour of White House Hive

Posted by Hannah Safford on March 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The BEE Team took a trip to visit the White House Bees!

Read about it here! 

and here!

Honey Extraction 2011

Posted by Hannah Safford on August 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Posted by Sarah Bluher

This year's extraction was a great success!  We ended up with 5 gallons of honey, 1 more than last year. We extracted 2 medium supers from Locke hive, and 1 shallow super from Hughes hive.  Our "summer beekeepers," Josh, Irena, Tessie, Aleks, Dawn and myself, with help from Dave Wagenblast, worked hard... but not as hard as the bees!

Dave Wagenblast, a Princeton groundskeeper and beekeeper of 19 years, helped us load the frames one by one...

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Mead-Making with Aubrey Yarbrough

Posted by Hannah Safford on May 17, 2011 at 1:13 PM Comments comments (1)

This is a belated post that I should have gotten to a month ago when we actually made the mead (anagram, btw...), but I'm getting to it now that we have an update on how our mead is progressing.

We had a great turn-out for our mead-making event: some 20 people showed up to the 2-Dickinson co-op to hear local farmer, brewer, and BEE team friend Aubrey Yarbrough talk about mead-making and brewing in general.

For those of you who don't know, mead is wine made from honey rather than g...

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Honey Cook-Out

Posted by Hannah Safford on November 20, 2010 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Honey, Scrabble, Guitars

by Emilly Zhu, Guest Contributor

First food-centered beekeeping event (which explains my presence :))! Baklava (alternate pronounciations include bakLAva, and baklaVA...sorry about the lack of International Phoentic Alphabet) is perhaps the best thing ever. Guitar-shaped honey cake with a cocoa finish is also nothing to "fret" over (the creator of that particular pun should perhaps be "strung" up...)


But I digress. As I walked int...

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The Wickerman

Posted by Hannah Safford on November 6, 2010 at 2:03 PM Comments comments (0)

We had our first non-hive visit event on Thursday, entertaining all the BEE Team members who hung around Princeton over fall break. We watched the 2006 remake of the cult classic "The Wickerman," and had a long discussion about the film after showing it--because none of us understood what the heck was going on. Here's the movie in a nutshell:


Nicolas Cage is a cop. Shocking. He sees a little girl die in a car accident. He then gets an unpostmarked (sketchy, Nic, don't you th...

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Second Hive Visit!

Posted by Nadirah Mansour on October 15, 2010 at 7:32 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey there,


 I’m Nadirah, a new freshman addition to the Bee Team. I’ll be poking around here, putting things here and there (Watch outfor the new book reviews that’ll be going up after midterms!). But without further adieu, let’s get to our second hive visit!


‘ It was a pleasant day at a time when pleasant days were a rarity, a ruby amidst coal.We hadn’t expectedit and many of us flung our sweaters over our shoulders...

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