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A Taos Apiary - Bees in the Back Yard

Bee Resources

Bee Keeping with the Warré hive
These pages are dedicated to beekeeping using the hive developed by Abbé Émile Warré (1867-1951) and any of its modifications. Responding to the obvious decline in beekeeping in France since his youth, Warré experimented with some 350 hives of various designs with the aim of producing a hive that was simple, economical, bee-friendly and assured a surplus for the beekeeper. The result was his People's Hive (Ruche Populaire) whose construction and operation he described in his book Beekeeping For All (L' Apiculture Pour Tous, 12th edition)

New Mexico Bee Keepers Association
The New Mexico Beekeepers Association is a non-profit organization of private beekeepers, commercial beekeepers, persons interested in promoting the importance of the honey bee in the environment, and businesses related to the honey industry. Representing all regions of New Mexico, the Association maintains a close affiliation with the State of New Mexico's Department of Agriculture. Membership in the Association is open to all interested persons.

Bee Informed
The Bee Informed Partnership is an extension project that endeavors to decrease the number of honey bee colonies that die over the winter. Managed honey bees are important to our agricultural security because many fruits, nuts, vegetables, and other crops require bees to pollinate them to ensure production of quality produce. Unfortunately, the rate of mortality suffered by overwintering colonies over the last 4 years has been unsustainably high, threatening the livelihoods of not only the beekeepers who manage bees, but those who rely on bees for pollination.

The American Apitherapy Society offers and shares information to educate those of you who seek an alternative form of health care referred to as Apitherapy. Apitherapy encompasses the use of bee hive products including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom. Apitherapy is used to treat many illnesses and to alleviate pain from injuries both chronic and acute. We are an organization reaching beyond traditional Western medicine helping others to help themselves in attaining better health through a holistic approach in harmony with the bee hive, a true gift of nature.

Bee vencom cures
Bee venom therapy is the part of apitherapy which utilizes bee venom in the treatment of health conditions. Apitherapy is the use of beehive products, including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, bee venom. It has been used since ancient times to treat arthritis, rheumatism, back pain, skin diseases and in this modern age as an alternative therapy to treat multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease and chronic fatigue syndrome. Bee venom comes from the stingers of honey bees who use it in defense of the bee colony.
Apitherapists in New Mexico

Bee Pollinators and
Bee Pollinators of New Mexico
Most fruit trees and many vegetables and seeds such as apple, plum, squash and sunflowers require or benefit from pollination by bees. Traditionally the introduced European honey bee has been used to pollinate these crops. However, parasitic mites have greatly reduced wild honey bee colonies, and make it more difficult to manage commercial honey bees colonies. In addition, the presence of aggressive Africanized honey bees in New Mexico make the use of honey bees riskier, especially near populated areas.

The Joy of Mead
There are a lot of misconceptions about Mead. The first thing that comes to mind, if you even heard of it, is a bunch of vikings drinking down lots of large mugs full of a macho drink. And well, nothing could be further from the truth. I don't mean that viking warriors didn't drink their own version of mead. What I mean is that Mead is not some kind of a drink that is rough and tumble. Mead is an astonishingly delicious and delicate drink that will absolutely take you by surprise.

Beekeping in Ancient Egypt
The God Ra wept and his tears fell to the ground and were turned into bees. The bees began to build and were active on all flowers of every kind belonging to the vegetable kingdom. Thus wax came into being, thus was created honey from the tears of the God Ra.