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Benefits of Eating Locally Harvested Honey

It’s no secret that honey is a great sweetener with benefits that sugar just can’t compete with. But did you know that raw honey — or locally harvested honey — can give you even more benefits than store-bought? We sure did! That’s why we’re bringing locally harvested honey into select C-A-L Ranch Stores. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of eating locally harvested honey.

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How to Maintain a Beehive

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper. Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby, and it’s not as overwhelming as it seems. Not only does it help the environment by bolstering the bee population, but you get free honey out of it! Maintaining a beehive is a relatively simple process, from setting up the hive to harvesting the honey in the fall and keeping your bees alive through winter.

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The Difference Between Italian and Carniolan Honey Bees

Most people don’t realize that there are several different types of honey bees out there, which can make starting your hive a confusing process. You may have thought all honey bees were the same, but different species have specific traits and characteristics. Some species produce more honey, bigger hives, and some are more aggressive. Choose a species depending on your personal preferences. Most beekeepers in the US use Italian or Carniolan bees, and these are the species we carry at C-A-L Ranch. Each has its pros and cons.

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How to Set Up a Beehive

Chances are if you’re reading this you’re either considering ordering bees or you already have. Before you receive your bees, you need to have the hive set up and ready to go. Failure to transport the bees into the hive within 24 hours can be damaging. But don’t worry — setting up a hive is simple and easy! Keep reading for instructions on how to start your own hive.

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Everything You Need to Start Beekeeping

Beekeeping can seem like an overwhelming hobby for beginners. Truthfully, beekeeping is a relatively easy pastime that rewards hobbyists by providing honey and helping to pollinate gardens and flowerbeds. As with any hobby, starting up can be an expensive and daunting task. Before you order your hive, you need to make sure you have all the necessary equipment and understand its usage.

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Raising Backyard Goats

Goats can provide milk and meat for the whole family. You can also use their fur to spin your own yarn or sell the fibers to companies who would do the same. You can also leash-train your goat so you can take them along on hikes and use them as pack animals. Raising goats can also help teach kids responsibility. There’s plenty of benefits to raising your own goats, whether you do it for their milk, meat, or weed-removing abilities. Here’s some topics to think about if you’re considering goat raising.

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Raising Backyard Chickens

They say fashion trends seem to cycle back around every 20 years or so. Well, comebacks aren’t just for fashion fads — chicken keeping is finally becoming popular again.

The practice was common in the early 1900’s before the industrialization and mass production of food, the popularity of refrigerators and the presence of grocery stores. In fact, Uncle Sam used to encourage people to raise chickens — it was the people’s civic duty! Just look at this advertisement from 1918:

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