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Swarming: The Natural Reproductive Process of a Honey Bee Colony


March 9, 2022

One of the world's most prolific species of pollinators, the honey bee, is arguably the most important insect species known to mankind​. However, despite their immeasurable importance in the role of food production, they often have a negative ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Clubs & Volunteers, Events, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Livestock, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, Wildlife
Tags: Agriculture, Bee, Bee Info, Beekeeping, Bees, Colonies, Colony, Hive, Hives, Honey, Honey Bee, Livestock, Nectar, Organism, Pollen, Pollinators, Reproduction, Spring, Swarm, Swarming, Swarms
Bees on a hive frame

The Bees are Coming.


January 28, 2022

Bringing the bees Mid to late February in Highlands County is the beginning of the orange blossom bloom. It's January when beekeepers from all over Florida and many other states look for spots to leave their honey bees, as close to the orange ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Bees, Classes, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Honey, Insects, Master Gardener Volunteers, PolliNATION, Pollinator Plants, UF IFAS Extension
Is Beekeeping for You? by the Hometown Gardener. text only

Is Beekeeping For You?


August 27, 2020

To bee or not to bee? Could that be the question you are asking yourself? Because of my love of honey, the answer was yes for me. As I learned more about the honey bee and its uniqueness, I became fascinated with this insect. Like the fact ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Honey, Insects, Master Gardener, Master Gardeners, PolliNATION
Bee comb

The Bees Trees


April 29, 2020

Why trees make the best food sources for bees Everyone these days wants to be pollinator friendly by planting to attract bees and butterflies. What usually comes to mind are flowering plants such as Gaillardia, Coreopsis, Zinnia and ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Livestock, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, , Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Bees, Firebush, Flowering Trees, Honey, Jamaican Caper, Melochia, Native, Nectar, Pollen, Pollinators, Raw, Songbirds, Unfiltered, Untreated
The Highlands County Master Gardeners are having their 2nd Annual Garden Festival on the November 16, 2019

2nd Annual Garden Festival is Coming Together


October 2, 2019

Last Year's success It was not quite a year ago the Highlands County Master Gardeners had their inaugural Garden Festival and plant sale. They themed it, Let It Grow! And grow it did; from a great plant sale to a fantastic festival. The festival ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Events, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Butterfly Gardens, Classes, Garden Festival, Gardening, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Honey, Master Gardeners, Plant Sale, Sale, Tomatoes

Beekeeping, not just a hobby.


August 27, 2019

The incredible honey bee There is nothing quite like a the honey bee. They are one of natures great pollinators. While doing that job they store wonderful honey. They also store pollen, form propolis and they produce something called royal ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension,
Tags: Agriculture, Bees, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Hometown Gardener, Honey, Honeybees, Insects, PolliNATION, Pollinator Plants, Vegetable
Worker Honey bee feeds on pink salvia flower

Honey Bees, are in the air!


April 2, 2019

The business of bees Honey Bees are everywhere in Highlands County. It's that time of year when the bees are busy making honey. Because Highlands County produces so much citrus and citrus produces a heavy nectar flow, the beekeepers come with ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Agriculture, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Horticulture, Livestock, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Agriculture, Citrus, Highlands County, Highlands Horticulture Digest, Honey, Insects, PolliNATION
bee on honeycomb

Selling Honey Under Florida’s Cottage Food Law


September 17, 2018

What is the buzz around Florida’s Cottage Food law? Are you a Florida beekeeper and interested in selling your honey under cottage food law, but uncertain of the rules and regulations? Beekeepers are permitted to sell raw honey as a cottage ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Food Safety, Horticulture, Livestock, UF/IFAS, Work & Life
Tags: Beekeepers, Beekeeping, Bees, Cottage Food Operator, Cottage Foods, Honey, Jennifer Hagen, Lee County, Manufacturing Honey

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