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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 2011
I always seem to be grabbing random publications or tearing pages out of magazines that have something, anything, that pertains to this blog and family project. Here’s a bits and pieces post that pulls together these random tidbits of advice … Continue reading
On a day when we remember all we have, all we cherish and all we have to be thankful for – I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! “I come from a home where gravy is a beverage.” ~Erma … Continue reading
One of the quickest things I learned about having children was that even the best laid plans can go awry. Children throw a wrench in things quick. In my case, it was a lesson learned even before Beckett was born. … Continue reading
When Beckett was a new baby, I became a vigilant germ-nut that started spraying visitors upon arrival with hand sanitizer. I still pay attention to the coughs, sneezes and wheezles, but to a lesser degree with Camden. There is only … Continue reading
Pregnancy does strange things to your body. Things that people neglect to tell you about when they mention those wonderful nine-months growing a baby. By ‘strange’ I don’t mean weird or bad, just different. There’s that bizarre itchy feeling that … Continue reading
Beckett started talking when she was 18-months old and hasn’t stopped since. She blabs with the best of them and we jokingly refer to her as the narrator of her life/day/story. You want to know what she’s doing – just … Continue reading
Over the past two years, I have become pretty well-versed at scouting out the toxic ingredients in different personal products. I know that it’s safer to stay away from parabens, BPA and other hormone disruptors. I also know that it’s … Continue reading
The winners of the giveaway for the book “Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens by Minnie Rose Lovgreen” are… LILY KWAN BRITT T. Congratulations! Please email me your full name and address by Wednesday, November 16th at 8:00pm PST.
How easily the mind forgets what sleep deprivation feels like. I knew that caring for two children was going to be hard, but I didn’t think it would feel like caring for upwards of five. Or that lack of sleep … Continue reading