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Our Love of Beekeeping

Our Love of Beekeeping

I discovered my interest in honey bees when I was introduced to beekeeping in high school back in the mid-1970's. In this article for the American Bee Journal, I talk about how I went from six starter hives to running a business with more than 300 colonies. I share a fun story about how I involved my wife Bernadette with bees. I also discuss some of the changes to the farming landscape around Waupaca, Wisconsin, which have affected the availability of flowering plants that provide food for our bees.  Read more

The Beekeeper's Lament

The Beekeeper's Lament

"It's a rare season that ends as it begins," says John Miller, whose beekeeping business is featured in Hannah Nordhaus' new book. In this article that I wrote for the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association (in my monthly column as president), I share my thoughts on this book, which I find myself reading repeatedly: The Beekeeper's Lament – How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America. It is an enjoyable read for people inside and outside the beekeeping community, and it is also a far more relevant book than some these days, reflecting the many changes in beekeeping over the last 20 years.  Read more