Varroa Mites are often the bane of the bee world.
As we grew the bees to be larger and larger, we created an unnatural size for them which prevented them from being able to defend themselves from Varroa Mites.
Here is a German study on how Small Cell honey bees help protect against this threat in a natural manner.
Small Cell Study
Monday, February 23, 2015
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
The She-Farmer asked me how long it would take to start having revenue from our system. I hemmed and hawed... "Eight months?" I said.
"Um, could we last eight months without an income now?"
"What's your point?"
"If we are out of business, because we are broke, then we lose."
"That is a really good point!"
So, I asked the question, "Do you think we should grow aquaponic vegetables for income for maybe ten years?"
"That would be wonderful!"
We had taken a class on aquaponics from Rob Nash in Austin, and we are pretty confident that we can do just that.
I put together a new plan.
Aquaponics under a greenhouse to control climate, moderated by using the earth as a heat sink, thermal inertia.. We would also do micro greens and eggs and a few other herbs and veggies to round things out.
In my estimate, if we can produce 1500 lettuces (or equivalent) each week, then we can produce a full time income on the farm. Then I ran into this video above and it is like "BINGO!" just what I wanted to do, right there in Houston!