• Beekeeper John

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    I’m 22 summers old and a student at Rowan University, studying journalism. I’m from “South Jersey” for those who understand, New Jersey to those that don’t....Read more on the About Page....

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My Personal Corrections Policy- If I were in charge of a media organization.

In today’s 24/7 news cycle it is easy to get caught up in letting mistakes by your publication slip by. However there is even less of an excuse to do so. There are a few simple and easy ways I see to report errors and make those corrections swiftly. Here are some of what I would do to better my publication if I happened to be in charge of a media organization:

* Append a note to any article that’s been corrected, explaining the change;

* Keep a list of these changes, linking to the corrected articles, at a fixed location on the site;

* Post a brief corrections policy, with information about how readers can report errors they find;

* Make sure that your corrections listing page and your corrections policy (whether they’re on the same or different pages) are part of your site navigation — they should be accessible by one click from any page on your site.

* Make it easy for readers to report mistakes to you

* Make fixing mistakes a priority

Happy editing!

Oh yeah, and my honeybees are doing great!

News and Such

So I wanted to do a quick update before I head off to my next class, and in this update I wanted to bring to light two things: an amazing article about honeybees remembering faces that was referred to me by a friend and the up coming meetings in the South Jersey Beekeeping Association.

I won’t summarize the article so you have the pleasure of reading it yourself, but according to a new study, honeybees use the same technique as humans do to recall faces they’re seen before. Interesting…

So head over to The New York Times and check it out!

The second thing I wanted to talk about is the New Jersey state honey show will be talking place this Friday. Judging will be held that day for all those entering.

If you would like to see all the entries on display, you may come anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, February 8, 9, and 10. The entries will be packed up (for transport to the state meeting on Febuary 13) and the display cases removed to storage around noon on Thursday, February 11, 2010. So if you plan on visiting, the display area will be located at the State House Annex, 3rd Floor, 125 W. State Street, Trenton, NJ. There is limited visitor parking on Garage Level 1

The NJBA also has its winter meeting Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture 103 College Farm Road North Brunswick, NJ 08902. They have a whole day planned out. If you desire the full e-mail with everything that is happening that day just leave a comment asking for it and your e-mail and I’ll forward it to you.

I’ll post again soon!

Interview and Photo Essay With NJ State Apiary Inspector Tim Schuler

Tomorrow, I’ll have the great opportunity to work with, and subsequently interview and photograph Mr. Tim Schuler.

The New Jersey state Apiary inspector. So hang on there bee lovers, I should have everything posted and finished before 8 pm. Hopefully.


2:1 Sugar Syrup mixSo I cooked up yet another batch of the 2:1 sugar syrup just now, that makes it a month since I started and they are still readily accepting the sweet stuff. I changed it up today and I cooked up a double batch since it’s getting colder each night and soon it’ll be too cold for them to use the sugar syrup.

In other news,  two very nice post were written about my locally harvested honey over at Twenty-Something and Starving. So you should go over there and check it out, if not just for the two posts, but for the other wonderful posts, recipes, and advice my friend Jen has! Tell her beekeeper John sent ya!

Actually if you happen to be a Rowan student reading this post, Jen just had a really informative article about French press coffee, as well as some tasty new recipes, in yesterdays issue of The Whit!

Honey: Top Ten Foods We Never Eat

Further Stumbling revealed a wonderful top ten list on the foods we never seem to eat enough of. Among the seemingly basic foods on this list honey finished up the pack at number 10. And with more information of its benefits than any other food on the list.

The advantages to eating raw honey  was no surprise to us here at Backyard Buzz (aka myself).

Here are some of the benefits they list:

– At a concentration of 40%, honey has a bactericidal effect on various gut bacteria known to cause diarrhoea and dysentery
– Raw honey is an excellent treatment for 90% of all allergies.
– Honey is remedial in cases of persistent coughs and sore throat. The strong antibiotic properties it contains coats the throat and reduces throat irritation.


For the full list of the benefits of honey, and the other great raw foods on the list, head over to here!

Off The Grid Briton

Living off the grid is something that interests me wholly, so naturally when I stumbled upon this green living blog from the UK I was hooked.

The post explains one man’s quest to live off the grid for one year It explains why he thought he needed to based on advice from an unlikely source.

Mark Boyle explains his living arrangement, his work, and how he feeds himself. The one year mark is coming up for Boyle, on Nov. 29th, and he has said that he plans on living off the grid for the long term.

You can get more information or even join his community if you go and check out Mark Boyle’s The Freeconomy Community

Ancient style of beekeeping making a come back

Wonderful fresh comb

Wonderful fresh comb

Honey Trees

In Poland’s Spala forest a small team of enthusiasts aim to attract bees to the area, by practicing an ancient form of beekeeping.

The Team of Polish beekeepers cut a hole in a tree and place honeycomb in there much like the one to the left. Any wild honeybees will then be attached to that area and hopefully will make a new home there. This way of beekeeping has been “out of style” since the 19th century.

The team was taught how to harvest honey from trees by Russians from Bashkortostan, where the practice is still going strong. They have 20 new honey tree nests around their area in hopes of attracting even more.

By the way, for those of you who might use the excuse of no space for backyard beekeeping as your defense for not doing so, well no more! Omlet, a British company, has made a hive for small garden and urban beekeepers alike. Just before you start keeping bees in a city, make sure you check your local laws and by-laws about if you can even have an apiary. You don’t want to end up like the Brooklyn beekeeper that has been busted for backyard beekeeping.