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Karen Bean – Off grid beekeeper and blogger extraordinaire – KM036

Karen BeanKaren Bean is married to Ian and lives in the Marple Falls, which in Washington State in America. She runs a beekeeping operation called Brookfield Bees and Honey and has also runs successful blog from her off Grid Farm.

Karen is the beekeeper at Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey and she blogs at Brookfield Farm Bees and Honey

For all you Social media junkies you can also follow Karen on Facebook and Twitter.

In this chat you will learn:-

  • How how to run a blog from an off Grid Farm.
  • Keeping Bees in America without using Antibiotics
  • How a lot of Beeswax products in the US have American Foul Brood (AFB) in them.
  • Why starting with smaller depth boxes may be a better option for you.

Resources mentioned in the chat with Karen

Read more about Professor Penny Amy's work on American Foul Brood on Karen's site here:-
Phages that attack American Fould Brood – field test

The treatment mentioned by Karen in the Blue container is Apiguard.

Randy Oliver's Scientific beekeeping Website.

David Yanke and Rachel Kearney Carniolan Queen Breeders in New Zealand:-
Daykel Apiaries – Home of Southern Cross Carniolans

BK CornerKevin Inglin's discussion about helping the bees access honey in the hive over winter “Honey Tunnels” :- BK Corner – Where Good Ideas Come From

I had a great time talking to Karen on a late night in Washington State, we hope you enjoy the show. She is an interesting guest, so sit back and enjoy.

*** This was recorded via a phone line, so sorry about the wavy quality in some parts ***


Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

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2 thoughts on “Karen Bean – Off grid beekeeper and blogger extraordinaire – KM036

  1. Another great interview, Gary. Really interesting.
    Sorry we couldn’t beat the wallabies for you on the weekend 🙁

    1. Hi Matt,

      Thanks for the feedback, we mentioned your comments on the latest podcast :), how is the podcast planning going?

      See ya…Gary

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