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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: December 2010
If you have ever had a conversation with a toddler, you know that sometimes you are left scratching your head and saying “huh” and other times you are left marveling at the little one’s ingenuity and smarts. Well, my Beckett … Continue reading
As luck would have it, I had a wonderful dinner delivered to work a few weeks ago. Homemade tamales by an acquaintance who’s mother-in-law is native to Mexico. Oh, yeah. Dee-licious tamales made from scratch and ready for a zap … Continue reading
The first winter my husband and I lived in our house, we made the mistake of relying solely on our propane furnace for warmth. We fell in love with our wood stove and the ambient glow it provided, but didn’t … Continue reading
Who would have thought I’d be too busy the last few days to do the drawing that was supposed to happen on December 23rd? You? Good Job! Me? Guess not, or else I wouldn’t have picked the eve of Christmas … Continue reading
“Christmas doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more….” ~Dr. Seuss from the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
You see me? I’m the girlie more-than-half submerged in life who is treading water like a windmill, but barely keeping my head up. I don’t know what’s happening, but I am having trouble finding that karmic crossroad that intersects family … Continue reading
The winners of the drawing for stocking stuffers from Graham Gardens, Green Ski Wax and Smart Monkey are… Drum roll, please… TARA CAROL SYSON WOOD CATHERINE Congratulations!
Santa Claus is getting his sleigh ready, the ovens are cranking out one belt-busting delight after another and the tree is festooned with ornaments and gaudy gala. Tick-tock-tick-tock goes the countdown to Christmas! And, it’s time for another handful of … Continue reading
There are so many reasons for doing what we are doing, but occassionally I get that beautiful reminder of what it means to be here, living this life and making these choices. I recently contacted Bob Denman at Red Pig … Continue reading