“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Busy As A Bee

 Many years ago, we had ten robust beehives.    We'd feed the bees, check the hives, add new supers when needed; and at the end of each summer harvest the excess honey.  We'd leave enough honey behind in each  hive to assure that our bees had adequate food for the winter.

   It wasn't long after we began beekeeping that the honeybees throughout the world began declining.  There was a lot of "buzz" about colony collapse  disorder... and sadly, at that time, no understanding of what was causing it.  As it turns out, pesticide and herbicide use plays a major role in the decline of these precious creatures.

It was during that time that our own bees began to dwindle.  Each year, only a percentage of our hives would make it through the winter.  Eventually (over 10 years or so), all of our hives had perished, despite starting new colonies when old had died.  It was during the life of our last hive that we found out that Hubbs was deathly allergic to bees.  His intolerance to stings had begun to increase over the years, culminating in a sting that put him in the ER with an anaphylactic reaction.  It was at this time that we decided that we would start no more beehives.  Within a couple years,...

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