Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Beekeeping in Hawaii

Mark Baker is a beekeeper from Hawaii that helped Police and Fire with many Honeybee Emergencies.

He is passionate about honeybees of Hawaii. He is studying the effects of Bees to Hawaii's environment and the varroa mites impact on Hawaii' bees.

Want to know the history of honey bees in Hawaii?


As a beekeeper and more for 25+ years now here in Hawaii, I have spent years studying the honeybees of Hawaii. Honeybees are a fairly recent addition to Hawaii. It started with the royalty giving the new industry of raising cattle in Hawaii's dry areas. To feed the cattle on board the ships, they fed them pods from the mesquite trees of the mainland's southwest. Once they arrived at their portage, the cattle were tossed overboard to be ferried to shore. This might have been unsettling, since as soon as they reached shore, they pooped out the seeds wherever they landed and this was the beginning of the wild mesquite forests of Hawaii. Here they Mesquite is called Kiawe.

This was 1824. Always that ends way? Right? The Ranchers were to notice soon no pods being produced by their trees. Once they asked, they received their answer: there were no honeybees in Hawaii. Bingo! In 1857 when they then brought honeybees to Hawaii, the pods were heavily produced and their cattle were well fed ever where no rain fell since Kiawe[mesquite] sends it roots down 250 feet to look for subterranean sources of water.

At this time , also, the sail ship brought something that would have impacted the peoples in a bad way if not for the honeybees taking over the jobs that before the sail ships had been done by the native birds of Hawaii. Mosquitoes! This were more than just pests, they fed on the local birds at roost in the trees at night and soon these birds were sickened with TB and many types were lost. The crops of the islanders would have failed from no pollination and people would have starved, but the bees saw the tempting bloomsome and took on the task. Today, a well-cared for hive can produce 20 or more different types of our local honeys. As to production, I myself had 20 hives at a test bee yard producing 1560 pounds of Kiawe Honey yearly, each hive.

By studying these honeybees of Hawaii, I have found many here to fore missed things about honeybees of the world. It has been a wonderful field of study and a sweet reward as well!"

Saturday, June 27, 2020

How can you help?

Our community of beekeepers is the heart and soul of Apiary Book.

It's great to see beekeepers from around the world becoming contributors by helping with the development of Apiary Book solutions.

We invite you join in to shape the future of this project:

- help us with the translation of Apiary Book to French / Polish / Turkish or other languages;
- send us your feedback, ideas and improvements, your opinion is truly valued;
- play an active role in the community, share information and get valuable advice;
- promote Apiary Book on your social media channels: Twitter, Facebook groups, etc.
- choose to be a PRO subscriber (for the price of  3-4 cups of coffee per month)

Send your feedback to bogdan@apiarybook.com
Subscribe now http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Your bees, our passion. Let's grow together!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Community support

Apiary Book Community Support is a place where beekeepers can request or offer help in their community.

Using Community Support you can:
1. respond to requests for help or create a new post to let others know how you can help;
2. request help for yourself by creating posts about what you need or searching posts to see if anyone is offering the help you’re looking for.

Communication with other beekeepers is done through messages.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

National Pollinator Week

June 22-28, 2020 is designated National Pollinator Week!

"National Pollinator Week is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them."

Find Activities and Lightnings here:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

What is a beekeeper?

Beekeepers are not only persons that keeps bees
They are also carpenters, painters, carriers, packagers, drivers, sellers, managers, accountants, speakers, teachers and so many other professions.

Apiary Book team is passionate about helping beekeepers at all levels. Learn more about how we can help you improve your beekeeping practices, regardless of your profession: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Your bees, our passion! Let's grow together!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Your bees, our passion

Share your story with us! When did you start your beekeeping adventure?

How many years have you built, worked, lifted and loaded? How many times have you been stung, your back hurt, your face burned by sun? And yet you feel satisfied, happy and proud of your profession: bee keeper.

In recognition of your efforts, we want to help you with your daily activities and therefore offer you a 25% discount on your Pro Lite subscription.

The promotion is available starting 20 of June 2020. Find more here: http://www.apiarybook.com/pro.html

Your bees, our passion! Let's grow together!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Hive Inspection

The opinion of our users is truly valued.

Andrey Lebedev from Russia sent the following feedback:

"Вносить данные об осмотре ужасно неудобно.
Entering inspection data is terribly inconvenient."

Starting Apiary Book 5.8 the details of an Hive Inspection are displayed using horizontal tabs allowing the beekeeper to navigate easier between different pages.

The navigation experience was enhanced also for Hive Component and Forage.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2020


As a new beekeeper you have to learn a lot. The best way is to find a local beekeeping mentor that will guide you in all your apiary activities. Using Apiary Book Mentorship feature you can find mentors who can offer you support and advice.

Photo: Bogdan, founder of Apiary Book together with his apprentice. Cristian decided to start his beekeeping journey this year, so he bought 2 beehives. He already harvested 20 kg of rape honey.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Language support

Are you passionate about bees and want to help make Apiary Book available in new languages, or help improve the translations for existing languages?

We are looking for French / Polish / Turkish beekeepers that can help us with the translation of Apiary Book. Each contributor will get a PRO Lite subscription for FREE.

If you are interested send an email to bogdan@apiarybook.com

Find here http://www.apiarybook.com/credits.html the list of beekeepers who have made a significant investment of time, with useful results, into Apiary Book project activities.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Apiary Inform

Apiary Inform is a free management and communication solution for beekeeping associations.

Using this platform, a beekeeping associations can register and manage the list of members, invite members to join the communication group and send notifications to beekeepers (communication channels: email, in-app messages).

Beekeepers receive beekeeping news, best practices, disease/pest alerts, event details and other information directly on their email or mobile phone.

Find more details here:

Here are some advantages:
- free solution for beekeeping associations
- unlimited registered members
- multiple organizations/groups
- easy-to-use notification console
- communication channels: email or in-app notifications *

* In order to get in-app notifications on his smartphone, a member must have Apiary Book for Android installed and a registered account.
* SMS support can be added if required (additional fees may apply, depending on the volume)

Find below some use cases for beekeeping association:
- alerts of disease/pest discovered in a region
- crop treatments in a location/county
- monthly beekeeping actions needed in the apiary
- announcements related to the activity of association
- World Bee Day 20 May