Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Seasons Greetings for 2014

Seasons Greetings for 2014
Excitement is in the Air for 2015

At least at our Honey Bee rescue mission, we have our web site up and taking orders, actually went up in late July but since then we have added more content.  Besides bee keeping and Bee removal I also the Webmaster, and S.E.O. tech for our web site.  Our web ranking is improving weekly and we are making sales. Amazing to think how far we have come in less than 12 months.

 By the way we will have a few hundred 3 Lb Bee Packages for sale this spring as well as queens and some Hive equipment, sorry were not doing any mail order with bees. However we will have pickup points in central New Mexico for our package bees in early Spring 2015.

Please Visit our AntiguasDelNorte's Honey Bee Sales Page
                Or our Store Front at;  Antiguas Del Norte Honey Bee Farm Store

We have an Upcoming Event, We are planning an "Offical Web Site Online Launch Party" for February 2015, we will have Free Gifts that visitors can win in our scavenger hunt by finding clues thru-ought our web properties directing them to the digital treasure codes that can win them a free prize or discount coupon code from our store. Even though our web site is fully operational we are adding more content and information for our customers and visitors, and in the next few months we will be loaded with News, Educational Information, Free Downloads and awesome advertiser deals as well as bee keeping supplies that can be picked up in our local area. We have identified some really great deals on Bee keeping equipment with our advertising partners E-Bay, Amazon and Click Bank, please check out our ads and support our efforts by purchasing those items you are in search of thru our links.

On the Bee side in early December 2014, we traveled south of our farm to the Historic community of La Joya, New Mexico, this area was named by Don Juan de Onate in 1596 and was originally known as La Joya de La Sevilleta in honor of Seville Spain! Once I arrived we located the Hive that required some help, essentially the rescue involved protecting a hive that was exposed when part of a limb broke off exposing their colony to the elements, and making them a bit defensive.  I sealed off the entrance to prevent water from entering, leaving them a small entrance. They were unhappy and likely felt under attack at first, but settled down and seemed secure once they realized what had occurred.  I used an old cotton sheet, heavy duty yard bag, and duct tape to seal the gaping hole into their hive. I am hoping the effort will keep out the moisture and harsh winds until we can remove them in the spring.

Speaking of the Spring, I have several removals planned for the Spring of 2015, and many swarms traps to place near some large feral hives that I have located in homes, large trees, cinder block walls or concrete embankments.  Essentially these colonies are in areas where it would be very difficult to remove them without significant property damage or expense  If the weather does as I suspect with moderate to light moisture this winter, barring any big temperature drops, I anticipate a strong swarm season this spring and busy summer cutout season if our Spring is at all similar to 2014.

Our Goal for 2015 is to quadruple our paid removals, and to double the number of "Free" removals for people having financial hardship that cannot afford to pay. We also hope to triple or quadruple the number of swarms we collect, and to significantly increase our harvest of honey for 2015.

On the Honey side our "Special ESR Dark Amber Liquid Gold Honey" is really Special tasting and 98% sold out.  We also use it for facials, hair treatments and as an antibacterial treatment for small wounds.  Tests show that our New Mexico Honey is easily on Par with Manuka honey for its anti-oxidant qualities. Current research is being done to test the effectiveness of using the Honey from NM to treat MRSA infections.

"Your future is certainly Brighter when you use our Pure Honey"

"We help Honey Bees with People Problems"

Thank you for the visit,
Ray E,  Uno Antigua Del Norte


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall 2014 Activities

We left the Summer of 2014 feeling envigorated by all our activity served only as a catalyst for our entry into fall. This Fall we are flush with our spring business planning. Our Spring will be extremely busy, and if all goes as planned we will enter a testing phase of a new division to our Apiary Services and Products, we are excitedly looking forward to the delivery of equipment and the application of the the technology and production of a high quality product line??? watch for an update to in July 2015.

I will be continuing with the NM Beekeepers Association Certified Master Beekeeping Apprentice Program, and continuing as a mentor where needed as far as my volunteer work.

Our Apiary will be increasing in size and we be expanding our Honey Bee Removal service 2 to 3 fold.

On our production side we are gearing up for a muti-pronged approach which includes doubling or tripling the size of our apiary, re-planting our pasture into vegetable and nectar bearing crops, as well as improving our honey processing capacity from hundreds of pounds to thousands of pounds, while ramping up Pollen and propolis collection, and shifting from selling raw products like beeswax and propolisis into candle, lip balm, tinctures, facial creams etc.. sales. We will also be in full testing phase for the new Division to our Apiary product line ??? and we are brimming with excitement. .....Wow I just had to wipe my brow just thinking about what we have to get done next Spring, hey I'm not even eating our Hot New Mexico Chili.

Speaking about Chili I believe we are true Chili Capital of the United States with a fabulous Red chili that dates back hundreds if not thousands of years....

Some of our Red Chili reminds me of a Feral Honey Bees colony I once picked up, just a little too Hot!!!!

Were off to the Festival of the Cranes next week...we will post some pics.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rescued another very late season Honey Bee Swarm.

On this spectacular day I had yet another splendid opportunity to save a late season swarm that was located in Los Lunas, New Mexico, Since we have sufficient resources, while they last, we will house them in a nucleus hive that has sufficient drawn comb and honey reserves to sustain them through winter, the rest is up to them.  We Help Honey Bees with People Problems, # antiguasdelnorte.