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Big Bear

Location:  Omaha, NE

Day Job:  bee conservation/pest management

The Digs:  Backyard, Other

Crops:  Cucumbers, Mint, Pumpkins, Squash, Tomatoes, mulberries,zucchini,pumpkins

Animals:  Bees, honey bees, bumble bees, mason bees

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I believe we are here to "do" things, not just talk about them or think about them. Get out in the world and do them.


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  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on August 25th, 2015 at 02:46 pm

    Congrats to you again!

  • Posted by: SierraTahoeDad on August 19th, 2013 at 06:52 pm

    Congrats to you! Thanks also for raising bees, more prople should do it.

  • Posted by: Wall 2 Wall Border Collies on August 19th, 2013 at 03:00 pm

    We have a hive of wild bees that comes to the oak tree in the kitchen yard each summer. They don't bother us and we don't bother them... the first time the swam came it almost scared us to death! : )

  • Posted by: Backyard Grower on August 19th, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Wonderful bees! Nice pic, too. Voted!

  • Posted by: Wong88 on August 19th, 2013 at 06:52 am

    Best Wishes to the Farmer of the Day!

  • Posted by: Das Haus on August 19th, 2013 at 06:38 am

    Mason bees - are these also called carpenter bees, maybe? or borer bees? I'm not sure what we have but they are as big as bumblebees and they bore holes in the wood of our compost bin and chicken coop. If they are beneficial, we'd like to know what we can do to prevent the damage being done to the wood without treating the wood or harming the bees with chemicals.

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  • Posted by: Coralrocks on April 26th, 2011 at 06:32 pm

    That is so cool what you are doing. I've been curious about bees but, I understand it's more complicated than it looks. Thinking about planting an orchard and thought it would be nice to have bees too.

  • Posted by: Big Bear on December 17th, 2010 at 05:10 am

    Please feel free to visit my Facebook page for "BBE-Tech Honey Bee Conservation and Bee Friendly Pest Management."

    This is a local family business focused on helping honey bees and helping to minimize chemical pesticide use through other IPM strategies.

    Our main website is at bbe-tech.com, we'd love for you to stop by and visit us there as well.

  • Posted by: Groundbreaker on October 13th, 2010 at 07:18 am

    I posted progress pictures... ...my Summer labors... ...chicken yard with log-cabin style chicken coop... ...used rounded garden timbers for body and recycled playhouse roof for roof/lid... ...rain shelter on side with old mimosa limbs for perches... ...chicken yard built around fruit trees... ...fence edged with yellow lantana...

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