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Bee-n Thinking
the surest signs of spring come with wings
classes
mason bees
Sunday, March 5
4:00 pm
next door @ Portage Bay Cafe
w/ missy anderson
"queen bee"
(trainer for King County Master Gardeners)

Learn about the importance of mason bees with expert 
and master gardener Missy Anderson. Topics include:

        • lifecycle of a mason bee 
        • how to take care of them
        • options for renting bees 
        • how to provide foraging resources to support the pollination of spring crops
        • the importance of boosting native populations


honey bees
Sunday, March 12
4:00 pm
next door @ Portage Bay Cafe
w/ evan sudgen

Part two in our series--Potentials & Problems:

        • what you can do with bees
        • managing problems
        • options for renting bees 
        • installing your bees - first steps
        • seasonal management
        • solutions for success


all classes--$10 per person plus tax

new items @ the Grange
mason bee cocoons just came in
PNW Mason Bee packs
$15.95/10 bees

we also have 
West Coast Raspberry Bees
"Green Berry Bee"

Ordering Honey Bees

This season we are excited to be partnering up with Bob Redmond of Urban Bee Company, which

"founded in 2009, cultivates healthy environments for bees and humans. Our single-origin, raw honey comes from hives in community farms, backyard gardens and urban wild spaces. With bicycle delivery, youth education, and a focus on sustainability, we are working to build "community through the hive" in the greater Seattle area."

Bob's philosophy is one we are on board with!

so here's the buzz


3 lb package bees  
$135.00

Package bees (3 lbs) from California, with caged, mated queen. Choose Italian or Carniolan queen.

Package bees are gentle and easy to install, and for the beginner can be the slowest, and therefore easiest, way to start beekeeping. Get familiar with a colony with low risk of swarming and minimal complications for the first year.

Pre-treated for mites and nosema, these packages are sourced from the largest and oldest bee supplier in California. We have used these packages ourselves in the past, in order to ensure top quality.



5-frame Nuc 
(nucleus colony) 
$200

Italian-Carniolan hybrid

Five wooden frames, size deep, of bees and stores (four frames of bees and brood, one frame of honey) in a cardboard box. These bees started in the almond orchards in California, then will move to the fruit orchards in eastern Washington. They are a hybrid Carniolan/Italian breed that does well in the Pacific Northwest. Each nuc is assembled in Eastern Washington from the parent colonies and includes a field-bred caged queen.



pick up at The Grange

3 lb package bees  • April 2
Nucs • April 9
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so what do you need?
smarts
if you've been wanting to take a class on beekeeping, we have you covered.

honey bees
Sunday, March 12
4:00 pm
next door @ Portage Bay Cafe
w/ evan sudgen

Part two in our series--Potentials & Problems:

  • what you can do with bees
  • managing problems
  • options for renting bees 
  • installing your bees - first steps
  • seasonal management
  • solutions for success


all classes--$10 per person plus tax

supplies
Nucs typically arrive in a cardboard box that includes 5 established frames. You will need to provide a home which typically means a bee box, five additional frames, an "entrance" and a "migratory top" and a few tools, as well. The 3 lb packages typically arrive in "cages" with a separately caged queen (nourishment included).  These packages do not come with the first five established frames. 
Maybe you've been doing this for awhile, maybe this is your bee-autiful beginning.  Either way, the Grange has you covered.  We carry all the supplies you need.  If you are prepping for an April Bee arrival, we recommend coming in to the Grange now.  That way we can make sure you have everything you need in time for April.




Register your hive?

All the best Bee folks recommend we register our hives. 

Are you registered with the State of Washington as an Apiarist? Please be sure to let us know---honey bees and bee feed are tax exempt in the Evergreen State for eligible apiarists.




chick update

expected
3/3/17
Black Sexlink 
Buff Orpington
White Plymouth Rocks
Silver laced Wyandotte
Easter Eggers (Ameraucanas / Araucana)
Cuckoo Marans
Salmon Faverolle
Speckled Sussex
Gold Laced Cochin
Polish
Blue Silkie(st run)
Exchequer leghorns
Barnavelder
Olive Eggers (StRun) 

ducks
Magpie
Crested Khaki Campbell

geese
Grey Saddle Back Geese 

3/10/7 
Barred Plymouth Rock
Gold Sexlink
Buff Orpington
Easter Eggers (Ameraucanas / Araucana)
Anconas, Ast. Frizzles(StRun)
Wellsumer
Blue Wyandotte
Blue Langshan
Golden Phoenix
Red Shoulder Yokohamas
Dark Brahmas
Barnevlder
Blue Red Laced Wyandotte
Olive Eggers (StRun)
Blue Brown Dutch Bantam

3/17/17 
Gold Sexlink
Black Sexlink
Baxter Barn Leghorn
Barred Plymouth Rocks
Buff Plymouth Rock
Easter Eggers (Ameraucanas / Araucana)
Cuckoo Marans
Mottled Java
Blue Cochin
Salmon Faverolle
Speckled Sussex
Polish
Black Sumatras
As Silkies(StRun)
Columbian Wyandotte
Silver Spangled Spitzabuen
Spangled Russian Orloff
Blue Wheaton Old English
BB Red Culbalayas
Blue Red Culbalayas
Barnavelder
Olive Eggers (StRun)
French Black Copper Marans
French Wheaton Copper Marans
Crested Cream Legbar
Blue Ameraucana(StRun)
Lavender Ameraucana(StRun) 

Ducklings
Cayuga, Rouen, Welsh Harlequin(StRun) 
Geese
Tufted Roman 


**Straight Run indicates that the birds have not been sexed.






SEE YOU SOON AT THE GRANGE!



why not grow something new


Indoor weather doesn't have to mean an end to a fresh food garden.

Support Your Healthy Lifestyle with Tower Garden

Tower Garden, a vertical, aeroponic growing system, allows you to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet—indoors or out. So it’s the perfect companion in your journey toward healthy living.


available at the Grange
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Seeds for your fall plantings.

Irish Eyes have arrived.
Seeds for your fall plantings.
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Is your soil ready for a change in season?

•need supplements?
•Have you weatherized your coop and run? 
•Your Bees?


•visquine
•cedar chips



Weck Jars

Pectin
Books on Canning





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