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Farm Name: Laid Back B's Farm

Year Farm Established: 2009

Location: Sault Sainte Marie, MI, MI

Years I’ve been farming: 7 years

Animals I raise: Honey Bees and Chickens

Crops I grow: We are progressing well in our 5th year, working towards establishing an Edible Forest garden on 40 acres. We plan to raise assorted apples and fruit, strawberry, blueberry, grape and some nuts (other than us)

Hobbies I enjoy: Gardening, Raising Animals Beekeeping, Hunting, Fishing, Woodworking, Trapping

Club/Associations memberships: Disabled American Veterans, AARP, North American Hunters Club

The proudest moment on my farm: Having all 24 hens produce an egg each in their 26th week.

Pets: Ginger (Husky-Border Collie mix - spayed), Fred and Barney (farm cats - neutered)

Farm Motto: Leave the earth in better shape than how you received it.

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  Honey Harvest
I like the story behind the name. We harvested 300 pounds (25 gallons) from 6 productinve hives. Tha's pretty good output from the hives that produced well. We only took honey off hives that had enough surplus so that we didn't hhplace the colonies in jeopardy for overwintering. We have 10 hives, 2 are from a hive that swarmed and we caught the swarm, and 2 others just got a very slow start this spring. We believe all our colonies are in great shape for making it through our long - cold winters.

Come visit me, Laid Back B's Farm.

11/14/2010 04:36.45 PM Report This Comment  
  What's in a name...
No military connection in our name. It comes from my first horse, Inspired By Fire, whose call-name was Chief. (Incidentally, he was named after a dear old friend who was a firefighter, at the time the chief in his department.)
How awesome to raise honeybees! We looked in to that, but decided it wasn't for us. Still, I think it's great!!! How much honey do you get?

Come visit me, Chief's Acre Farm.

11/13/2010 07:56.00 AM Report This Comment  
  chickens vs football
Its a hard one. People think im crazy to sit and watch my chickens. They can sure b fun though, when i dont come in from chores right away, my wife knows where i am. We have a new batch of layers going now. 5 weeks old.Ive already have my favorites. This year we are doingcornish hens.6 weeks and butchered,done it yesterday. altogether plan on 100. should get us through the winter.

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05/26/2010 03:30.15 PM Report This Comment  
This is our 1st year.
I have made all of my hives, i know it is only 2,next year we hope to double,its a start. I bought nuces this time around.

Come visit me, Golden Opportunity Acres.

05/24/2010 11:57.40 AM Report This Comment  
  Bees! Awesome! I love me some fresh honey! I wish I knew more about keeping bees and wasn't so scared of them.

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04/20/2010 07:12.05 PM Report This Comment  
  Trails end farm.
All our trails have ended here. We want to live the rest of our lives in East Texas. Marine Corp, nine years. Traveled alot. This is home. A little town in East Texas where we can raise our own food and preserve it too. Canning, drying, and just enjoying eating it to. We raise our own meat and vegetables. Fresh is much better than frozen or purchased commercially processed foods.

Come visit me, Trail's End Farm.

04/02/2010 10:15.45 PM Report This Comment  
Thanks for the visit. bees eh? The wife wants to get into bees one day. I'll keep visiting and see what I can learn.

Come visit me, L.R. Fulmer Family Farm.

02/27/2010 03:45.44 AM Report This Comment  
Good luck with your spring plantings.Ive been planting a small amount as I can.Have 4 Heritage Raspberries that will be 3 yrs old & hopefully get something out of.My blueberries aren't goin so well.My first 4 got dug up everytime I planted them by our pet fox at the time.Something in the roots I geuss.Maybe the soil acidifier I added.I killed my other 2 last year by neglect.Shame on me.Workin 3 jobs right now tryin to get out of the corporate world.So I figured the berries and grapes were the best place to start.They can be gettin established until I have time.Grapes are doin good,but planted wrong by someone I paid to do it while I was at work.If you want somethig done right,do it yourself.Thanks for the bee response.I noticed she always got stung when she was playing and running around the yard.

Come visit me, Blakers Acres.

01/27/2010 05:48.04 AM Report This Comment  
I think there is even a taste difference between raw & past.I think raw has a little zing when it hits the tongue.Not like its hot tasting.More like an itchy feeling.Maybe because I have allergies to a few different local grasses and plants.Maybe I'm just crazy.LOL Actually my daughter is the one allergic to bees.She has the epipen,but never had to use it.She's been stung a lot!!I saw something fly across the laundromat 20 ft & sting her in the leg while she was playing a video game.Do you think they can smell fear or aggression?Just curious.

Come visit me, Blakers Acres.

01/26/2010 04:21.30 PM Report This Comment  
  Raw honey
I'll give raw honey a try


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01/26/2010 07:52.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Pasteurizing Honey vs Raw
Pasteurizing sterilizes the living properties in honey. I understand the general perception that everything to be sold for consumption has to germ free, but I disagree that honey should be sterilized. The living enzymes, the pollen, the fact that germs die in honey... honey doesn't spoil. I LOVE honey.

We enjoy raising bees, they are challenging creatures to care for, but they teach us more every year.

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01/25/2010 06:04.08 PM Report This Comment  
Great shot... I've heard a lot of mixed information about raw honey vs pasturized honey.

I"ve heard raw honey is better for you, but then why do they pasturize it too?

Any advice?

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01/25/2010 10:06.17 AM Report This Comment  
WOW bees! LOVE Honey!!Are they hard to raise?I'm new to lt all and all advice is welcome.

Come visit me, Blakers Acres.

01/25/2010 04:30.21 AM Report This Comment  


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