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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: April 2012
I don’t know about you, but Beckett can chase and blow bubbles for-ev-er. Here is a great recipe for homemade bubble mix. 1/4 cup dish soap 3/4 cup cold water five drops of glycerin (available at natural food stores) Mix everything … Continue reading
We subscribe to only two magazines and they are both publications we rely on for continuous streams of information and support their philosophies. My favorite has to be the Nutrition Action Healthletter from the Center for Science in The Public … Continue reading
This coming weekend is good for celebrating in the Ferry family. We have a day to celebrate my husband, Jacob’s, birthday. And, a day to celebrate, appreciate and bless this bountiful planet we live on. Here’s to another year of … Continue reading
My latest freelance article for the Community Co-op discusses the joys and benefits of buying in bulk. I’ve become a bit of a bulk addict and it really makes my skin crawl to buy something last minute in a wasteful, … Continue reading
It rains a lot in Washington. It’s not the torrential downpours of the southeast where the heavens seem to open from above, gutters overflow in seconds and you are literally soaked to the bone walking from sidewalk to doorstep. That … Continue reading
Okay people, it’s time to get ready for some giveaway winners… The winner of the giveaway of food from Nature’s Path is… GABRIELLE KC The THREE winners of the giveaway of compostable toothbrushes from Environmental Toothbrush are… LIKWAN BECKY ALU … Continue reading
Earth Day is quickly aproaching and it’s a good time to remember the value and importance of this planet we live on. This year on April 21st is the Great Cloth Diaper Change. This is the second year of this … Continue reading
I am a consignment store freakazoid through and through when it comes to shopping for kids. Chances are VERY high that if you peruse our house or admire something one of the girls is wearing and inquire about where it … Continue reading
When I was pregnant with Camden, I did a mammoth sort of all the baby clothing I’d saved from Beckett. It was a huge to-do and one of the biggest purges was all the polyester/polar-fleece stuff we had acquired. These … Continue reading
Reading is a favorite pastime of mine. The operative word there being “past”. I spend my time reading the bills, the occasional blog from my reader and creatively illustrated children’s books each night at bedtime. I used to be a … Continue reading