My Lil’ Bee Honey Farm
Dr Scott MacFarlane VM has been keeping bees for a couple of years and is in the process of growing his apiary at My Lil’ Bee Honey Farm in Napan. He sent these photos in March to announce the “Flow Hive” has arrived on the Miramichi and he’s happy to see his bees slowly coming out of their winter slumber.
The farm currently has 23 hives but hopes to have roughly 60 come fall. Dr. MacFarlane purchased the Flow™ hive frames to try on one of his hives. The Flow™ system makes the extraction process far less stressful for the bees and so much easier for the beekeeper. He has also built an observation hive to be able to take a sneak peek at the bees working in the hive without having to open or disturb them. Currently he produces enough honey for himself, friends and family and he attends the local farmers market whenever more is available, but fresh honey is in demand and it sells fast! Dr. MacFarlane assures us he will definitely keep us updated as the bees progress during the summer months.
My Lil’ Bee Honey Farm Update
In the time since this article was first published in the May issue of Giv’er Miramichi Dr. MacFarlane has written to say “the bees are now in full swing on warmer days and going after every and any flowering plant coming to bloom. Dandelions are loathed by many but if people only knew how important these flowers are as the first great source of nutrition to kick-start these amazing little creatures into a healthy and prosperous season. My bees will be heading out for blueberry pollination at the end of May. Then, I will be bringing the hives back home in hopes to grow my hive numbers and get them in honey production mode.”
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