Learning the ropes: Honey Bees

Today I volunteered to help five local bee hives at Wright-Locke Farm, located in Winchester, MA. 🙂
This was the first time I put on a beekeepers outfit, within a protective gear. This summer, I shall be helping this amazing community farm with Honey bees, goats, sheep, chickens and fruit bearing gardens. 🙂

Also, one of my dear friends plans to have a couple bee hives of her own; in the city of Cambridge, MA. It is legal here to own a beehive on your property. I will be helping her plant flowers which honey bees love and learning the ropes of traditional bee keeping from her as well. 🙂

A link to Wright-Lock Farm’s website can be found here:
https://www.wlfarm.org/

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Growing Borage for the first time. :)

This winter [January 2015] I purchased quite a few organic/non-GMO herb seeds I have not grown before, to further my studies as a Medicinal Herbalist. 🙂
Borage [Borago officinalis], also known as Starflower is great for Honeybees and for various healing medicinal properties.

It’s natural habitats are in the Mediterranean region, and flourishes well in UK climates and New England, USA climates. Borage is a self seeding herb, which is another bonus with future seed gatherings in the fall. It’s leaves and flower tops are edible. A great way to color-up your summer salads. 😀 I shall take photos of a summer-herb salad; or if you so desire – you can easily look up Borage/herbal summer salads using “google images” search on your own. Google, as many know in the cyber world has quite an immense image section. 😉 🙂
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“Traditionally borage was cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses, although today commercial cultivation is mainly as an oilseed. The seed oil is desired as source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), for which borage is the highest known plant-based source (17-28%).[2] The seed oil content is between 26-38% and in addition to GLA contains the fatty acids palmitic acid (10-11%), stearic acid (3.5-4.5%), oleic acid (16-20%), linoleic acid (35-38%), eicosenoic acid (3.5-5.5%), erucic acid (1.5-3.5%), and nervonic acid (1.5%). The oil is often marketed as “starflower oil” or “borage oil” for uses as a GLA supplement, although healthy adults will typically produce ample GLA through dietary linoleic acid.”
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Paragraph information taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borage

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Back from the dairy goat farm

What a lovely dairy goat farm I work exchanged with for eleven days. 🙂
There where twenty-two pregnant goats, two bucks, flock of sweetheart chickens and fifteen doe yearlings.
I learned so many valuable skills and lessons of taking proper care of goats and their kids. 🙂

I plan to return to this lovely dairy goat farm after my fiancee’ and I learn how to make an adobe/cob house from scratch in Oregon.

Lots of love everyone and many green blessings. ❤
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