Overwintering Bees – Are they as snug as a bug?

    Overwintering Bees – Are They As Snug As A Bug? Eastern Ontario winters are cold, and Canadian beekeepers work diligently starting in November to prepare colonies for long Canadian winters to help get them through cold snaps and freeze/thaw periods. During the winter months, honeybees cluster together inside the hive consuming stored honey. …

Go With The Flow

Ontario Honey Harvesting with the Flow Hive Over the last couple of years in my neck of the woods, there has been many grumblings and speculation about the Flow Hive Honey Harvesters – how they work, and if they actually work? Although designed in Australia, here in Canada we have a much different climate and…

The Bee Beard

The beard season never seems to end.  Science suggests that hipsters grow beards to appear more attractive to women, and to act more dominant in comparison to other men, but beards seem to be popping up everywhere I look these days, not to mention the once extinct men’s “barber shops.”  Recently I witnessed a beard…

Field Notes: Fishing For Bees

Earth Day 2017 – As spring finally pops out of winter’s shadow, it’s never too early to start thinking about fishing.  Yes fishing for honeybees that is.  This story is about a dream to catch not a fish, but a swarm of bees. Wild bee colonies help preserve and increase the local honeybee populations if…

Bees Meet Flow – Honey On Tap In The Making?

Well it’s time for the bees to be introduced into their new Flow Hive as we continue this great Canadian Flow Hive experiment.  An update on the nuc, it has grown to be a colony and has been safely transported with the help of the Beekini Beekeeper onsite.  And in doing so, the bees have had a fews days…

Plan Bee – Born To Bee Royal

The Flow Hive is ready, but where are the bees?  Part two of the Great Canadian Flow Hive Experiment unfolds. After setting up the hive and choosing a great piece of real estate for the Flow Hive, the honey harvester is ready to receive the bees.  It is time.  But where to find the bees?…

The Great Canadian FlowHive Experiment…To Bee, Or Not To Bee?

The Great Canadian Flow Hive Experiment My journey with my FlowHive experiment began not today, but many years ago. Historically the Tyner name has always been known for making fresh Canadian maple syrup, probably for more than 50 years now. But over the years, I have become fascinated with not only maple trees, but bees….

Changing Perceptions for World Food Day

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once wrote, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are” (Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es). Thinking this is where, the phrase “you are what you eat” comes from. Let’s toast today, October 16th  to World Food Day, which marks the founding date…

Growing Learning Gardens with Green Manitoba and Winnipeg Harvest

Hi Ho Hi Ho It’s Off To The Gardens We Go… June 26, 2015 – Winnipeg Manitoba Nutrients For Life has been busy over the past few months with the launch of our National Learning Garden Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Nutrients For Life partnered with Green Manitoba and Winnipeg Harvest in launching Winnipeg’s newest community garden….

Educating Youth In 4R Nutrient Stewardship

It’s the year 2050…

If we fast-forward to the future of 2050 similar to the science fiction world view from “Soylent Green” how would the youth of 2050 describe our practices, our food, and our fields? Will their digital postcards reflect our true landscapes, our waters, and our air? I am optimistic we will not be in need of any “Soylent Green” but how can inspire our leaders of tomorrow and how can we help them grow a greener future?

Spring Into The “Farming 4R Manitoba” Course – Now Available on GrowZone!

With the Spring season just around the corner, what better time than now to learn about 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The Farming 4R Manitoba online training course is now available on GrowZone – interested in preparing yourself socially, environmentally, and economically for the future? Gain specific knowledge for farmers in Manitoba with the Farming 4R Manitoba…