Yerba Buena Farms Jamaica

Yerba Buena Farms Jamaica

Need a change? How’s chilling out on Jamaica’s north coast sound? a little ackee and saltfish, roast breadfruit and chocolate tea for breakfast catching a warm morning rain shower while picking fruit.> learn bees, top bar hives and some unique and tasty sustainable agriculture stew peas, rice and callaloo for lunch a little hammock time in a sweet sea breeze hiking down to a beach […]

Adventures of a Fluorescent Mineral Collector

Adventures of a Fluorescent Mineral Collector

Corby Waste’s Fourth-Millennium.net, is another must visit site for anyone interested in collecting fluorescent minerals. His adventures include: decades of collecting at most of the classic North American localities some neat and rare specimens excellent photography stereo pairs and a neat spiritual Greenland trip This is another one of my favorite sites. Check it out. -dM

Yard Visit End of May 2013

Yard Visit End of May 2013

The bad weather continued through the third week in May. It’s still cool. But not cold enough to keep the bees from flying. So today, I opened up the broodnests and: inspected the brood pattern looked for signs of pests and disease fed where needed switched to a top entrance added a third deep box The Good News The brood patterns were compact and solid. […]

Kombucha Withdrawl

Kombucha Withdrawl

The Idea Through a series of inadvertent circumstances, I failed to ferment more kombucha and ran out. Days without kombucha turned into weeks. And weeks turned into more than a month before I got serious and starting brewing another batch. most of my pre-kombucha symptoms gradually returned once drinking kombucha it took a month to get back almost to normal remnants of some symptoms, previously […]

Bees and Hexagons

Bees and Hexagons

Radiolab does it again.   Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you’ve been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud … ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon? My kind of bee math. Check it out.

MineralArts

MineralArts

MineralArts.com has some beautiful images of southern Arizona fluorescent minerals. The fluorescent rocks displayed were collected in the mountains of southern Arizona. The rocks consist of calcite and aragonite with minor amounts of opal, sphalerite, and amphiboles. The fluorescence is the result of minor impurities in the minerals slightly altering chemical bonds in the crystal structures of the minerals. The limestone host rock was subjected […]

Yard Visit May 2013

Yard Visit May 2013

April’s weather has been terrible. Basically a snow storm about every 3 days. It’s brought desperately needed moisture to this land of extreme drought. But I still haven’t had a chance to pull a few frames and take a close look. Yet, it was time to refill the feeders on those lighter weight hives. So, I basically did a repeat of my March Inspection. hives […]

Wild Fermentation

Wild Fermentation

Want to incorporate more probiotic food in your diet? Want to make your own? WildFermentation is a great place to start.   Fermentation makes foods more nutritious, as well as delicious. Microscopic organisms – our ancestors and allies – transform food and extend its usefulness. Fermentation is found throughout human cultures. Hundreds of medical and scientific studies confirm what folklore has always known: Fermented foods help […]

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