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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

New Treatment-Free Beekeeping Forum


Solomon Parker, who podcasts interviews with treatment-free beeks and monitors a TF page on Facebook, has launched a new treatment-free forum.

Although I love my local beeclub, I occasionally feel a bit furtive as I sit there with my TF hives listening to everyone else discuss mite monitoring and various prophylactic treatments against disease and pests. I'm looking forward "coming out of the closet" on this forum since I won't have to defend myself against comments on how I need to add antibiotics, fungicides, and pesticides to my hive. Well done, Solomon!

8 comments:

  1. How do you follow the forum? Do you have to go to the forum website periodically to look for updates, or is there a way to have new messages pushed to you? I get my updates to your site through feedly which is great for notifications of updates.

    I'm finding that attitudes are changing slowly in our area. There are a lot of backyard beeks (like me) who are trying to be treatment free, but some of the commercial people still deride people for trying to be TF.

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    1. Nevermind. Looks like I can follow the forum through feedly also. DUH!

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    2. Oh, that's cool! I didn't know Feedly (which I also use to get update your your brilliant blog!) tracked forum posts. BTW, I went into the various forums I wanted to follow and scrolled all the way down. There is a link that says "Subscribe forum." If you click it, you can have posts sent to you.

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  2. I don't think feedly is working (since I haven't gotten notified of any updates), so I'll try the subscribe button. Thanks for the tip!

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  3. Hi Julie,
    I just started following your blog seeing how we are practically neighbors! I figured there is always something to learn especially being in the same state. I subscribed to Solomon's forum after it was mentioned on Facebook and am determined to be treatment free. My one hive made it through this past CT winter and seems to be going strong and hope this new hive will be as fortunate.

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    1. Hi, Neighbor!!! Which part of the state are you in? We should definitely compare notes! :-)

      Glad to hear that your colony is doing well! Fingers crossed for your new one!

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    2. I am in Naugatuck. I have one carnolian regular size hive and one small cell carnelian The regular size over wintered and just picked up the small cell last Saturday.

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  4. I can relate to your bee club sentiments. As a 'natural' bee keeper, I am very much in the minority, and have come away from the bee meetings feeling frustrated and disappointed over the effort to produce maximum honey at the expense of the bees. I finally came to realize the more vocal members speak loudly about the need to treat, but there are some 'quiet' members who don't treat, they are just quiet about it.

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Thank you for your comment! I can't wait to hear what you think!