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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: February 2011
There are some things that men just don’t understand about women. In our house – it’s hair. I have long, thick hair. Beckett has sweet, ringlet-curled, long auburn hair. The dog is 85-pounds of wool-coat-like hair. What’s it all add … Continue reading
The winner of the Ecover: Powered by Nature giveaway for a Stain Remover and Car Wash & Wax is… Drum roll, please… EMILY N. Congratulations! Email me your full name and address by Monday, February 28th at 8:00pm PST.
The bulk food section of the grocery store is a new realm for me. I have always been a person who shops in the produce, but tends to linger a bit too long in the middle of the store and … Continue reading
The winter months are hard for me as a beekeeper. After I seal those hives up in late fall, I feel like I hang my beekeeper hat up and resume the twiddling of my thumbs until spring. The hibernation is … Continue reading
Just when I think my baby is all grown-up, I am reminded. I am reminded of chubby baby cheeks. Beautiful ringlet curls. And, a little food on her chin. The snuggly, milky, oh-so silky soft little one is still there. … Continue reading
I’ve always been satisfied with our garbage and recycle service. It’s relatively affordable ($20 a month), reliably on time and the customer service is helpful. I started to swoon a bit when I signed up for the Food Plus! service … Continue reading
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Wise words from my favorite author and resident doctor. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss
I am finally standing a bit more upright after a gnarly sickness bout this week, so the drawing is a bit late. But, who doesn’t love being a winner?! Here goes!!! The winners of the Daddy Van’s Giveaway are… Drum … Continue reading
About halfway through my college career, I veered off the beaten path and took a sharp left. I made the radical decision to major in a field I would enjoy, but, quite possibly, not use. I skittered away from elementary … Continue reading