Mia Completes Fund Raiser for Bees in the D!

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Our daughter Mia Whitfield generated $895 for Bees in the D community outreach and education programs!! Thanks to our new and regular honey customers who bought Whitfield’s Raw Honey and helped make this donation possible!! Congratulations Mia on a very successful Capstone project! Mia at the “inside” Farmers Market in Lansing – Bees in the D fund raiser A requirement of graduation from Oxford School’s Early College Program is...

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Installing New Honey Bees

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We just received our new honey bees from Olivarez Honey Bees or OHB in Orland, California and are getting them installed. This time, Mia joined me in the bee yards to help. Here is a quick video that shows how we do it. Mia installing new bees at our Byron hives Are you ready for some fresh, local, raw honey?  You are more than welcome to stop by our home in Clarkston.  Be sure to call first before coming by to make sure we will...

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Another Awesome Raw Honey Harvest With Friends and Family!

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Many of you know that Whitfield’s Raw Honey is part of a co-op of sorts in which five families pool their resources, and even friends, to achieve a successful harvest every year.  We help each other pull honey supers in the field and we purchase, and maintain, harvest equipment like our variable power supply Dadant 20 frame extractor. We have a blast getting together for food, fun and fellowship as we process thousands of pounds of...

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Ever wonder where we get our Honeybees?

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One of the most common questions we are asked is, “where do you get your bees?” Ours come from Olivarez Honey Bees or OHB in  Orland, California.  Orland is situated between Sacramento and Redding California on the I5.  The Olivarez family have been beekeeping for three generations and have a truly quality operation.  We have tried southern states honeybees and even local Michigan bees but have had the best experience with the...

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Spring Queen Inspection with Newbies

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This spring I had the pleasure of having my friend Dereck, and his 9 year old son Evan, join me for a queen inspection.  It is always fun to be able to show kids an active hive and see their eyes go wide as saucers when they are eye to eye with 30,000 – 50,000 honey bees! This inspection was to see if the queens I installed a few weeks ago were producing brood.  One of the things I look for is pollen being hauled into the hives.  This can...

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Clarkston Farmers’ Market Fun!

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Mia and I tried the Clarkston Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 11th.  It was brisk but sunny and sales were good.  Notice Mia’s blanket?  We found that the Clarkston Farmers’ Market is a great place to sell our honey.  It was surprising how well informed the market customers were about honeybees and raw honey.  Our special brand of raw honey was well appreciated and sales reflected it. Please join us again on October 18th,...

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