Brent Edelen, aka Shaggy, is a sixth generation beekeeper based in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. His great grandfather settled there after immigrating from Switzerland around the turn of the last century. Beekeepers today are faced with an overwhelming number of challenges. Between pests, disease, and environmental factors it gets harder every year to keep a colony of bees alive and healthy. Most of the commercial beekeepers today are in an “all-in” game and feel that they cannot risk losing their bees by not treating them with chemicals for various pests. In contrast, I have come to the conclusion that getting back to the simple and basic way that my grandfather and great grandfather maintained bees is the […]
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