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who’s the sacred bee?
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: supper & sustenance
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
I have an aversion to certain food smells. It’s a violent reaction that starts with just the package opening and sends me over the edge. And, if Jacob even thinks of eating either of the two foods – it’s a … Continue reading
One of the goals we have this season in the Ferry household is that to not waste produce that we have grown. It overwhelms me when the garden is in full swing and I am trying to plant, weed, mulch, … Continue reading
Berries are a big deal in our house. Even our neighborhood is where it’s at when it comes to berries. We live smack dab in the middle of raspberry country. Within a two miles radius of our house is over … Continue reading
It’s warm here and we are finally into summer full swing, but the last few days of break and Beckett’s birthday coming up mean that fall is around the corner. Here is a freelance article I did for one of … Continue reading
We are in what I refer to as a rough patch with toddlerhood. My motto with parenting has always been “this too shall pass”. And, this has served me well. Just when I think I can’t take anymore of a … Continue reading
With a vegetable garden in full swing and a plethora of greenery – broccoli, lettuce, carrots and green beans, our farmer’s market trips are getting fewer and farther between because the market is growing right in our backyard. But, it’s … Continue reading
A good reminder of the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen”. The data is the most up to date list from the the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and is based on the level of chemical contamination and residual pesticides in these … Continue reading
I have a good friend. He makes an appearance at least every week, if not twice. His name is pasta. He comes in curly-que noodles adorned with pesto and shredded parmesan. Or he’s back into a delicious layered pie of … Continue reading