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
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
Protecting the bees
Everyone is worried about the bees. Since colony collapse started being recognized as an issue in 2007, the word is out that bees may be in trouble. Yet, and maybe because of, there are more beekeepers than ever. Florida ... READ MORE
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
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
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
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
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
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
For the love of Honey
Becoming a Beekeeper wasn't something I dreamed about my whole life. Beekeeping was never on my radar. When a friend suggested I consider beekeeping, I don't remember jumping up and down and being thrilled. One thing drove ... READ MORE