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1st Virtual Bee Class

Posted by douglasfarm on January 22, 2011 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

1st class to be held on Friday, March 11th 7pm via Skype

It will focus on beginner topics and questions.

This class will be free, but is limited to 24 callers.

You may pre-register by emailing your skype id to:

To participate you must have skype, which can be downloaded and installed for free:


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A Winter Slumber

Posted by douglasfarm on January 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It's cold out. I'll say that again. It's cold out.


My face grows pink then red. Feeling in exposed skin slowly fades into a white numb.


So I sit in front of the fire after checking the chickens and rabbits. I sit now missing my bees. I miss the grass, the flowers and the leaves. But, most of all I miss my bees.


Yet, today was a happy day. Today I carried inside as my feet crunch down snow our first two eggs of the year. The young ...

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Douglas Farm is in the news again :)

Posted by douglasfarm on November 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (0)

An article on our local beekeeping. Also mentioned is Tom Stephans, who gets his bees from us. :)

Bernardsville News Article

The Mystery of Bees Deaths

Posted by douglasfarm on October 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently, the NY times posted an article saying they have found the main cause of CCD. Sadly, the magic cure was more smoke than reality.

I'm sure most beekeepers are aware now, that there will never be a magic cure for our death issues. Still, the general public may not, so another cause of public miss conception.


So many things kill the bees; a beekeeper needs more of a bee first aid kit or large (health) tool box, not a Bee Health Improver 6000.


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2011 Bee Orders Start Oct. 1st

Posted by douglasfarm on September 29, 2010 at 11:07 AM Comments comments (0)

October 1st is coming around quickly and its time to start thinking about what bees you would like to order for next year. We disperse bees in the order of 1st come (ordered) first served.


Orders need to be paid in full within 4 weeks for orders by email / phone. Payment is expected by check in the mail. This year we are also offering payment through google checkout on the website. This will allow you to pay by credit card. Please note the prices on google checkout will inc...

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Common Bee Questions - Somerset 4H Fair

Posted by douglasfarm on August 15, 2010 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So the Somerset 4H fair has come to an end. A lot of fun, and a lot of work. Hopefully I was able to reach out to a few people and spread good will between man and bee.


The most frequent question was, as you might expect, "Have they found out what's causing all the bees to die?" As no question is a bad question, perhaps there are questions that are poorly worded. As this question implies one cause and one solution to the beekeeping industry.


So, where did...

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Grant un-to bee

Posted by douglasfarm on August 8, 2010 at 4:51 PM Comments comments (1)

So with great consideration during spare moments throughout EAS, I have decided the direction and to apply for a SARE research grant.

(I sugest you play superman theme music as you read this) :)


The primary focus of the project will be to develop nosema resistance within our Buckfest line. It's fairly clear Nosema is a problem that beekeepers can do little about.


Fumagilin B treatment has become the only course of action for beekeepers to fight...

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Buckfest, A Journey to Canada Ch. 2

Posted by douglasfarm on August 8, 2010 at 4:43 PM Comments comments (0)

So, without delay our Buckfast bees will actually arrive by currier later this month.


Having been fired up for a true journey, we will delay our visit to Canada till the following year. At which time we will pick up a second set of breeder queens.


General interest in our Buckfast has been very possitive and we can't wait to offer this breed to our customers next year.

Buckfest, A Journey to Canada Ch. 1

Posted by douglasfarm on June 12, 2010 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

It comes with the essence of the breed perhaps. The Buckfest bee was created by Brother Adam through many long travels. So, it is very fitting that we prepare for a long trip ourselves to obtain them. This spring we were informed they no longer intended to ship bees across the border. We must now travel to pick them up and bring them across ourselves.


This week we took our first step, beyond phone inquiries. It all starts with applying for our passports. It’s one of t...

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Colloidal Silver

Posted by douglasfarm on June 9, 2010 at 6:13 PM Comments comments (0)

Colloidal Silver is silver suspended in a solution, normally water. It's made by grinding or electrolysis.


Silver is a metal that has been used in medical instruments for a long time. It is easily cleaned.


Many believe it to have anti bacterial, fungus, and viral properties.


I've heard of beekeepers spraying their equipment with colloidal silver. Please don't. Don't jump off any bridges because they guy next to you says its a good idea....

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Top Bar Hives

Posted by douglasfarm on May 25, 2010 at 1:47 AM Comments comments (0)

Not that I want to support the anarchy and crazy out of standard hive systems.


But for all you 'Top Bar' beekeepers or those curious...


Top bar hives are the short name for the Kenya Top Bar Hive.


They are hives that are built front to back with comb facing perpendicular to the enterance. The hiv...

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Website Updated - Drop Downs

Posted by douglasfarm on May 15, 2010 at 12:31 AM Comments comments (0)

New drop down menu's from the navigation bar.


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