Never mind that it’s February and 32-degrees outside. The sun is shining! Just the blue sky and the winter garden bathed in direct sunlight can make any of us long for Spring and the start of the growing season. For now though, many of us can get our “fix” by preparing for the coming season. […]

Even on a lunch break, our employees live the country lifestyle. Lynda Linquist works at our Boise Overland store and had quite the story to share. I have a commercial heard of about 100 meat goats on 40 acres just up the road from the Boise Overland D&B. Last year while they were kidding, before […]

Our edu-vacation to Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Research Lab eventually lead us to the actual science labs where graduate assistants are diligently working to collect useful data for unique projects, lead by a very intelligent man, Ramesh Sagili. One of the fascinating projects involved a set of observation hives. These are indoor hives with […]

Don’t Trash That Pumpkin! It Could Be Next Year’s Harvest. Pumpkins on the front step. It is a familiar site right now. They are traditional décor for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. In the U.S. alone, there are 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin produced annually. While most are processed for consumption, a good portion of that […]

Our hands-on learning at the Oregon State University Honey Bee Research Lab and apiaries continued as Ellen and Carolyn sent us out on a mission – inspecting yet another failing hive to determine the cause. Hive 2: We opened this hive to find a dwindling population of bees. We pulled out frames to inspect the […]