DIY Workshop: Beekeeping
Saturday, April 25th @ 2pm
Free and open to all ages
All over America, people are learning to appreciate honeybees and everything they do to help us grow a healthy and diverse supply of food.
Backyard beekeeping is now one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country, and more and more cities and towns are letting people grow their own bees. But doing it right requires some knowledge and the right set of tools.
Join Rogue Farms Beekeeper Andrew Barham this Saturday for our DIY Workshop: Beekeeping. Learn about beehive parts and construction, beekeeping tools and equipment, and take a look into an active hive. Even if you don’t become a backyard beekeeper, you’ll never look at a honeybee the same way again.
That buzz you hear on the drive into Rogue Farms is the sound of our 7,140,289 honeybees back from their working vacation.
They spent winter pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California. We brought them back just in time for the start of the spring nectar flow.
Some of the hives near the entrance to Rogue Farms. FYI, we won’t plant the jalapeños until June.
A nectar flow is when plants go into overtime producing nectar to attract honeybees. This is a period of fierce competition. Gazillions of flowers are blooming, each trying to lure a honeybee with the promise of nectar in exchange for the bee’s pollination services.
We took a stroll through our hopyard this morning and look at what we found!
The first bines of the season are emerging from the soil. They’re so tiny, about the size of a bottle cap, we almost didn’t see them.
A new bine pokes through the dirt in the 42-acre hopyard at Rogue Farms.
As much as we love sharing the story of Rogue Farms, and our grow your own, craft it yourself way of doing things – we especially appreciate it when others share it too.
Take a look at what Craft Brewing Business did with the pictures from our Winter Crop Report. They created a beautiful photo essay showing the highlights of what we’ve done over the past months to grow our beers, spirits, ciders and sodas. Click on the image below to view the full story.
When we last checked in with the Rogue Farms honeybees, they were shipping out south to spend the winter pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California.
Much to our surprise, their story caught the attention of the Oregon Beer Growler, which wanted to know why we’d go to so much trouble for our bees.
Here’s what they discovered.
“The journey across state lines and back again may sound like one big endeavor for a bunch of bees, but their contribution to the flavor of beer and the health of the environment in general is truly greater than their physical size.” -Oregon Beer Growler.
Click on the image to read the February issue online and see what’s happening in Oregon’s beer scene. Then head to page 18 to read about our honeybees.
At the end of every one of these stories we invite you to come visit us at Rogue Farms.
For us, there’s nothing better than showing folks how beer and spirits begin in the dirt. Spend a day with us and we’ll open your eyes to how that Rogue you’re drinking is actually a farm product, made with crops that we planted, grew and harvested ourselves.
Here’s what you might see on any given day at Rogue Farms.
Walk Among The Hops
Brewmaster John Maier in the rows of Rogue Farms Freedom hops in August.
At Rogue Farms we’re used to getting up before the sun. But today began especially early, as we loaded up our 7,140,289 honeybees for the start of their California vacation.
Our bees will spend the next couple of months pollinating an almond orchard near Tracy, California. That’s a 600-mile drive to the south, and an early start was necessary because we want to arrive by tonight. The less time on the road, the less stress on our honeybees.
Join us for our final blow out party of the year, Hops, Hogs & Holidays, this Saturday at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.
It’ll be a day of Holiday crafts, live music, a visit by Santa and we’ll wrap it up with a big ham feast. Please see below for more information, or call Rogue Farms at 503-838-9813.
Just as we prepare our hops and honeybees for winter, this week it was time for our celebrity Potbellied Pigs, Voo and Doo. Voo and Doo are hardy creatures but even they need a warm place to sleep. One of our chores this week at Rogue Farms was to winterize their home.
We laid down a thick layer of hay and cedar chips for them to snuggle in.
Autumn is one of the busiest times of year for the beekeeper at Rogue Farms.
There’s no more wild sources of nectar and pollen for our honeybees to forage and soon it will be too cold for them to leave the hive. So in the next few weeks our beekeeper has 7,140,289 mouths to feed, medicate and shelter before winter arrives.
The bees took care of us this spring and summer by pollinating our crops and making the honey we used in our kolsch, mead, braggot and sodas. Now it’s our turn to take care of them.
A scene from this year’s honey harvest at Rogue Farms.
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