Lost more hives later in the spring, the price you pay i suppose for organic beekeeping, speaking with my beekeeper sensai John, the mite load seems to be too much for most hives, they just can’t keep up. All of the moisture Early on also made us see a lot more chalk brood than usual as well.
All that said, the hives that are still going are going strong! we had the good fortune of catching two wild swarms this year and already we have honey boxes on top of them! this is great as we are diversifying our genetic strains and adding to them wild swarms that are most likely mite resistant! Great!
We have harvested just over 400 lbs so far and looks like much more to come!
Excited about open Farm days coming up August 21st sunday from 11-6 come on out to the hive and see what we do! there will be some free honey tasting as well as on site extraction and hive demos. hope to see you out there!