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HoneyLover of the Month: DENNIS

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Dennis Broderick only has one hive, but don’t let that fool you. He knows his way around bees pretty well.

It all started in 2009 when Dennis was growing an heirloom garden and then, as these things do, it all snowballed. He got a worm farm. And a composter. And when he looked around he decided he needed more pollinators. One day later he heard about the Backwards Beekeepers on KPCC and within a week Dennis had been to a meeting and was making arrangements with HoneyLove mentor Kirk Anderson to bring a swarm.

Dennis HoneyLover

A few weeks later Dennis was doing his own feral colony rescues all over Los Angeles. (His ringtone cries “Help!” when a rescue call comes in.)

Dennis still has just one hive. “I had two but one of them was mean so I sent them off to a beekeeper in the high desert,” Dennis explained. “One hive is plenty. And if they abscond, I just get more.”

His hive is five boxes high and Dennis only goes in for a few frames of honey every now and then. “I want them to be bees and pollinate. That’s it.” When asked if his colony has a name he laughed. “They’re bugs! I don’t name bugs.”

Honey from the Dale

Dennis also owns and shows Grand Champion Cairn Terriers. Better yet, he has his dogs Betty and Deuce in Earth Dog and Lure Coursing competitions because he believes that dogs not only need a job but that they should get dirty and have fun.

After a stint in the military, Dennis worked for ABC TV for 25 years in Network Operations, retiring as Department Head.  “It got fun when things went wrong and you had to fly by the seat of your pants.”

Sounds a lot like bee rescue, doesn’t it?

Follow Dennis and his bee adventures here:
http://buzzinthedale.blogspot.com/

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HoneyLovin today @MuirRanch w/ @Cocoxochitl

Mark your calendar folks because today was a big day…
Say hello to HoneyLove’s 1st School Garden with Bees!! Yay Muir Ranch!!

HoneyLove at Muir Ranch  HoneyLove at Muir Ranch

HoneyLove at Muir Ranch

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3rd Sunday Mentoring

Another bee-utiful day up at the HoneyLove Sanctuary!
Join us next month! Learn more here: Meetup | Facebook

3rd Sunday Mentoring 02/13

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BOOK: “Gardening For Geeks”

Awesome NEW BOOK coming out featuring HONEYLOVE  !!!
PRE-ORDER HERE –> “Gardening For Geeks” by Christy Wilhelmi aka Gardenerd

Gardening for Geeks

BOOK: “Gardening for Geeks” by Christy Wilhelmi

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HoneyLove Outreach @ Canfield School

HoneyLove outreach with three classes of curious, polite, awesome 2nd graders.
KIDS’ FAVORITE TOPIC OF CHOICE TODAY: bee poop… hahaha

Canfield School Outreach

Canfield School Outreach

Canfield School Outreach

Canfield School Outreach

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HoneyLover of the Month: ROXANA

HoneyLover Roxana

HONEYLOVER OF THE MONTH: Roxana

BEES RESCUED FROM:
Hive #1 (The Warrior Girls): old garage/barn structure in Woodland Hills.
Hive #2 (The Mische Girls): upside down large pot in Northridge and a small citrus tree at the LA Times building.

The small book Love in the Garden by Jean-Pierre Otte, contains a splendid eight-page poetical fantasy called “The Astonishing Deception of the Bee Orchid.” After reading it and learning how the bee orients herself through smell and gathers nectar to make an alchemical potion, I was quite keen on using the honey bee as part of the branding for my botanical perfume company.

A few years later we witnessed a swarm arrive at the compost bin outside our studio, which started us on the path of urban beekeeping. The French bee historian Yvon Achard says, “Beekeepers are chosen by bees.” Indeed! We now have two active hives on our property.

For Roxana Illuminated Perfume I create concept-driven fragrances, many of which have a call to social action. To Bee is a fragrance I created using aromatic extracts from extra combs from bee rescues. The perfume is named after the soliloquy from Hamlet “To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

Roxana Beekeeping

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HONEYLOVE NEWSLETTER: JANUARY 2013

Click here to view HoneyLove’s January 2013 Newsletter

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BUZZ: Living Homegrown

Thanks for the sweet buzz Living Homegrown ?!!!

Click here to view the original post on livinghomegrown.com

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HoneyLover of the Month: Roberta

HoneyLover of the Month: ROBERTA 

“Beekeeping started out just as way to improve my crops. Seemed easy enough to just get some free bees off a tree limb and stick them in a box and voila, more fruit. Well there was something about my first day that was just magical. I went to watch Kirk do a cutout with someone who had some experience. I came from work and they had gotten most of a very old and big hive out of wall. I got to just watch and learn.

The next door neighbor and her kids were watching from a window and I loved being the person explaining what was happening. Kirk was mentoring, the other beekeeper was learning how to do a cutout, I was just learning how to be around bees and the kids were learning about something so new.

Then Kirk took me to a simple swarm capture and we packaged them up into one of his old nucs and there I was with a new hive. With the swarm, it was just a small cute ball of fuzzy bees. They were gently, buzzing but pretty much content to go wherever we put them. Seemed like an innocent experience.

The excitement of being able to work with these little but powerful creatures took a hold and I had bee fever. I couldn’t get enough cutouts and swarms but then I couldn’t keep them anywhere and that’s how the mentoring started. I loved being able to share a first time cutout or swarm with others. It really felt like giving someone a gift.”

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