I got a question from a reader about where to start with a new property. Pete and I have started two new properties and this is what we have learnt so far.
If you've just bought a farm, large or small, you are going to need some equipment, but what items are essential? Which can you buy secondhand and which ones should you buy new? Here's what I think, I hope you'll share your own experience. Of course, there are many different types of farming, so exactly what you need is going to depend on what you are going to do, so I'll write mainly about...
Over the past few weeks I've been running a series of interviews with other bloggers about getting started with beekeeping (see the list at the end for the other posts). I have learnt so much from these posts, not just practical ideas but an insight into the philosophy behind different styles of beekeeping.
In the third of my series of interviews about getting started with bees, I'm chatting with Leigh from 5 Acres and a Dream. Leigh and her husband homestead on five acres in the foothills of the Southern Appalachians. Their climate is very similar to mine, with a relatively mild winter, and hot humid summers.
This week I'm talking to Vickie from Making Our Sustainable Life. Vickie and her husband live on acreage in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, just east of the Sacramento Valley. Even though they are in a different country, with a different climate and bee habitat, I think there's much to learn from beekeepers...
Pete and I recently got bees (if you've been following, you'll probably be sick of me talking about it!), and lately I've been connecting with other bloggers who have bees (by connecting I mean asking heaps of questions!). I thought this would be a good topic to continue my "getting started" series.
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