All the essential equipment, including hive parts, the smoker, and the hive tool, came in a kit purchased online from a mail-order supplier. It's best to start with new equipment to avoid any hidden problems.
Raising bees has become all the rage. Honey bees, along w/ native bees, are keystone species, responsible for pollinating many of the world's food crops. They deserve every bit of help the human race can offer.
Selling at Farmers Markets is a FREE downloadable issue of Growing for Market. It contains articles and photos about all aspects of selling at market: •Creating great displays, and managing customer traffic; •Setting fair prices; •Food safety and sampling; •What kind of insurance do you need? •What are the most profitable crops? •Keeping yourself and customers safe; •Should you take credit and debit cards?
To create the easiest bunting in the world, simply fold bandannas in half diagonally, connect them by knotting the corners together, and hang. Have fun mixing and matching colors and prints; there are tons of styles available online for about $1 a pop—we found cute ones at orientaltrading.com. (After the party's over, give them to the kids for their cowboy and stagecoach-robber costumes.)