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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: where the locals go!
I have some big news that I am just ecstatic about. Literally busting at the seams. Sit down – NO, no sibling for Camden and Beckett just yet, but it is still pretty cool. The city of Bellingham passed an … Continue reading
We recently took a short family vacation to eastern Washington where the sun shines bright, the thermometers approach scorching and the orchards are overloaded with apricots, cherries and peaches. On our way out of town at the end of our … Continue reading
Camden has found that the drawers in the kitchen are filled with a wondrous array of goodies – cloth napkins, tupperware, spoons, you name it… Oh, and then there is the drawer with a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread! I … 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
Where’d I go? I’ve missed you all so. We flew straight outta Washington and headed for sunshiney California. We found out last minute that Jacob had a week off after working 42 of the last 45 days and we snagged … 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
Our life has been busier than ever lately and the blog tends to take a hit when I am treading water. I sorta step on it and just hope it doesn’t need any attention while I keep my chin up. … Continue reading
When I am lucky enough to hit a cycle of REM sleep in the night, I dream. I dream about the girls and their futures. I dream of health and happiness for my loved ones. And, I dream of my … Continue reading