Keeping Backyard Bees

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Keeping Backyard Bees is a joint effort by Mother Earth News and Grit magazines to create a hive mind of information on bees, beekeeping, pollen, hives, honey, and much more. Our audience may be seasoned beekeepers, interested in starting a hive, or just concerned about the well-being of bees and want to know how to help. You can make a difference, and we’re here to show you how.

Episode Date
Pollinator Friendly Gardens - Video

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Jessica and Q discuss the benefits of growing a pollinator-friendly garden! #pollinatorweek


Jun 28, 2018
Bee Package Installation - Video

Join Russell Mullin as he walks through the steps of installing a package of bees into a horizontal Langstroth beehive.

Music: Sunshine to my Door by Martin Stirrup

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Jun 14, 2018
Assembling a Beekeepers Tool Kit - Video

Join Russell Mullin and Kellsey Trimble as they discuss what Russell keeps in his beekeeper’s toolbox and why.

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May 21, 2018
Hive Split - Video

Join Russell Mullin and Suzanna Vazquez as they walk through the process of splitting a beehive.

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Music: A Stranger’s Map of Texas by Chapman & The Woodpiles

May 18, 2018
Installing a Bee Hotel - Video

Join Russell Mullin as he shows how to properly install a “bee hotel” for mason and leafcutter bees.

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May 17, 2018
Beekeeping with a Busy Lifestyle - Emma Arnold

In this episode, they discuss Emma’s history with bees, a few cool stories, and how she manages her beekeeping while on the road.


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May 15, 2018
Swarm Capture - Video

Watch as Editor Russell Mullin captures a swarm. Swarms take place when a hive has grown too large and splits in two. Then, a queen leaves the original hive with a number of worker bees.


This video was shared to us from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Youtube Channel!

Swarms don’t stay like this for very long, so if you’re interested in capturing one, you may only have a day or two at the most.

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May 14, 2018
MEN Classic Episode - Changing Urban Ag Policy

In this episode, Charlotte and Russell meet with Mary Miller and Helen Schnoes from the Douglas County Food Policy Council.  They have worked tirelessly to create agricultural regulations in Lawrence Kansas that both encourage and protect urban farming, including keeping bees. 

May 10, 2018
MEN Classic Episode - Profit From Your Homestead

In this episode, Becky Tipton and Hank Will discuss how they make a profit on their homestead.  their expertise explores keeping bees, gardening, and livestock.

May 10, 2018
MEN Classic Episode - Harvest Your Honey

In this Classic Episode of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and FRIENDS, Becky and Steve Tipton meet with Charlotte and Robert to teach them about the different methods of harvest honey and what makes hive product so extraordinary! 

May 10, 2018
MEN Classic Episode - Swarm Essentials

Enjoy this classic podcast episode from MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends! 

In this episode, Hilary Kearney of Girl Next Door Honey teaches Zach and Charlotte about catching a swarm.  She also goes into detail about her business as a beekeeper! 

May 10, 2018
MEN Classic Episode - Bee-ginning with Bees

This podcast episode was proudly sponsored by MOTHER EARTH NEWS! 

Are you considering keeping bees? In this episode of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and Friends podcast producer Robert Riley sits down with Master Beekeepers Becky and Steve Tipton, and Ethnobotanist Dawn Combs, who is a veteran in the realm of “natural beekeeping”. These experts share their knowledge and discuss differences to help Robert and other beginners get up and going with their own colonies.

Robert, Becky, Steve, and Dawn help prepare you for this upcoming adventure by covering bee species, swarming, pollinator-friendly plants, when to smoke your bees, tools of the trade, and much more. If you are an experienced beekeeper you may even learn a new technique.


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May 09, 2018