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The Sacred Bee is me, Kate Ferry, the author of this blog. I am a beekeeper in Custer, Washington. My family lives about 10 miles south of the Canadian border and right smack dab next to the Pacific Ocean, in beautiful Custer!
I am the wife of my husband, Jacob, and the mother to three children; my young daughters, Beckett and Camden, and our dog, Tucker, who is 11 years old.
Where's the name ‘Sacred Bee’ come from?
Honeybees are incredible insects. They are responsible for the pollination of over half of the food that makes it onto your table and the chief pollinators for many foods, including almonds and raspberries.
I became fascinated with honeybees while studying anthropology in college and learned more about these amazing creatures after taking an intense six-week course on beekeeping in Surrey, B.C., Canada.
My love and respect for the sacred bee has grown and intensified as I have watched my own two hives bear hundreds of pounds of honey, my garden flourish with the bees' pollination, and through the trials and tribulations of watching my girls (a.k.a. the honeybees) live and die.
Sacred Bee. Honoring the honeybee, one of nature’s gardeners, and practicing beekeeping in Whatcom County, Washington.
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Monthly Archives: November 2010
Thanksgiving weekend is perfection from start to finish. The hubbub of the holiday season isn’t in full-swing yet, the weather is usually not totally winterish and it’s the ideal time to enjoy four long days with family and friends. It’s … Continue reading
I like Oprah. You probably like Oprah. We pretty much all like Oprah. She’s like the fairy godmother we always dreamed we’d meet. Well, her website has put together one great link that focuses on charities and answers the question … Continue reading
The winners of the “Thinking Outside the Box” – EcoTouch and Goodbye Detergent giveaway are… Drum roll, please. RG Kristen van sickle CONGRATULATIONS! Email me your full shipping address, phone # and name by Wednesday, December 1st at 8:00pm PST.
The turkey is sitting in the brine. The cranberry is coagulating in the fridge. And, the china is washed and dried. It’s Thanksgiving week and other than the customary gut busting meal, there is the annual tradition of mayhem that … Continue reading
You might call me a little bah-humbug, but Christmas just isn’t one of my favorite holidays (it’s #3). Halloween is number one for me and you’ll find our house adorned with endless orange and black motifs and I eagerly anticipate … Continue reading
It’s not just the presence of a baby that makes women or even a few secure men squeal with delight, it’s their gear, too. Everything baby is scrumptiously adorable and bite size. And, their shoes are no exception. Who doesn’t … Continue reading
There are not words to describe what it’s like to fly with a toddler. The last time we took Beckett on an airplane she was still nursing and we nursed on the way up, she slept, we nursed on the … Continue reading
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead
[hot knife 6]
The hot knife has done its job, now it’s time for the comb… FYI: the dark splotches you see in the frame are cells packed with pollen. Continue reading