Archive for September, 2010

Packaging Candles for Sale

September 28, 2010

The scouts spent a couple of hours at a recent meeting packaging advent candles and labeling honey.  This would have been a time-consuming job for an individual, but 20 scouts gather, they can get a job done quickly.

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Honey Bottles Washed Prior to Bottling

September 25, 2010

The scouts have bottled their honey in PETE plastic containers with very nice dripless lids.  A necessary step, prior to bottling, is to wash and dry the bottles.  A couple of hundred bottles will fit on a typical kitchen countertop.  For those wishing to purchase their own bottles, similar to those used by the scouts, they are available from Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Mann Lake Ltd, and locally from Miller Honey.

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Scouts and Library do well at Utah State Fair

September 19, 2010

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The scouts entered their Ambrose Amber and the Library Golden in the Utah State Fair honey competition.  There is no money for Honorable Mention, but the Ambrose Amber won $4.00 besides a prestigious ribbon.

Labor Day Weekend Honey Harvest

September 9, 2010

The Labor Day weekend was a huge success for the scouts endeavoring to earn the Beekeeping Merit Badge.  The weekend began on Thursday night with some advance training for parents in candle making and honey extraction.   Friday afternoon 5 scouts new to beekeeping came over and pulled the supers from the scout hives.  Friday evening about a dozen scouts and parents came down to the downtown library and we pulled the supers from the library hives.   Saturday we tackled honey extraction and candle making.   In the end, the scouts made 600 hand-dipped beeswax candles in about 8 hours and extracted all of the honey from the scout hives.   Saturday evening and Sunday were busy times for me as other beekeepers came over and extracted honey and then Sunday evening we had the Honey Harvest Taco Party.   The entire endeavor was a great success.  13 scouts have effectively completed the Beekeeping Merit Badge, but for a few sentences in the form of a written essay summing up their knowledge of bees, beekeeping, and pollination.   Congratulations to the scouts.

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