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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: October 2011
There is something about little girl’s clothing that is especially adorable. I don’t know if it’s the pink petunias, sunny skirts, flowing fringe or bubbly bugs or a combination of them all. Whatever it is, it’s borderline scrumptious. One of … Continue reading
Two weeks ago we welcomed Camden Rose into our lives and our family. She was born October 8th and her arrival was a miracle of the bestest kind. Beckett was born in August 2008 and was a planned c-section from … Continue reading
Fall has descended on us like a heavy blanket. It’s hard to say good-bye to the long days, warm evenings and gloriously abundant garden of summer. But, with each season there is a sense of renewal and a warm welcome … Continue reading
The winner of the giveaway for an assortment of snacks from Late July is… Drum roll, please… DOMESTIC DIVA Congratulations! Please email me your full name and address by Tuesday, October 24th at 8:00pm PST.
Food labeling is deceptive at best. If you are lucky enough or have the proper training you can possibly decipher the ingredients list, but the real challenge is in what to make of the boisterous claims on the package. One … Continue reading
Costco sends out a newsletter every month called “The Costco Connection”. It’s a decent update on what is happening in Costco. I usually quickly thumb through each issue and try to avoid the endless filler pages of Costco advertisements, but … Continue reading
3+1=4 Camden Rose was born Saturday, October 8th at 2:51pm. She tipped the scales at 7lbs 7oz and 20 inches long. The VBAC was a success! And, we are overjoyed by the newest addition to the Ferry family!
The word swarm evokes a plethora of fictitiously horrific images with bees attacking innocent bystanders and taking down farm animals by the herd. Swarms by definition are not, in any way, shape or form, an experience that should bring fear … Continue reading
My latest article for the Community Co-op newsletter gives an intro into Nesting 101 and how we approached it with an eco-friendly twist. The article is below and here is the PDF version. Enjoy! Babies are on the brain in … Continue reading