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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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Category Archives: glorious gardening
We are blessed to have a huge lot with a very big vegetable garden. There is a lot of area to work with and I am able to switch up experimental newbies with my old standbys. But, I am always … Continue reading
I really embrace each of the seasons when they arrive, but summer might just be the one dearest to my heart. It could be endlessly long days with gardening into the wee hours of the evening or the good ol’ … Continue reading
Our garden is in full swing and it’s really looking like we are going to pull in a great harvest this year. My May freelance article for our local community co-op newsletter focused on how and why I rely on the … Continue reading
Now, that it is May and we are approaching the hump of 2012, I figured it was time to unveil the Ferry Family’s Carbon Footprint for 2011. This is my annual tradition (albeit one that it is usually done much … Continue reading
The garden is planted and, despite the very best combined efforts of both my children to completely consume my entire day, it’s lookin’ good. The plants are doing swell and it’s only the first half of May. Gardening is a … Continue reading
Winter is in my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. ~Victor Hugo
A great research-based article about organic vs conventional farming and how organic is sustainable and affordable in the long term. I love it when the numbers all add up. Enjoy! http://www.thestarphoenix.com/business/Study+debunks+myths+organic+farms/5462520/story.html
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
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