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Has My Honey Gone Bad?

Have you received honey that has turned to a semi-solid granulated state? Does that mean the honey has gone bad? The short answer, no. In fact, the honey is not likely to expire within your lifetime! What you are noticing is the honey beginning to crystallize. This does not at all mean that crystallization has diminished the quality of the honey. It merely changes the color and texture. Some people prefer honey in this consistency as it becomes more spreadable on food, others prefer it in the more common consistency of syrup. Crystallization is the honeys natural method of preservation. Modern archaeologists have found pots of honey perfectly preserved for thousands of years inside ancient Egyptian tombs. Due to honeys naturally...

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Pollinator Stewardship

We did a lot of education and outreach for the amazing pollinators whom we are so very indebted to this spring and summer!We hosted several groups from partner organizations and businesses to our apiary, and educated them about honey, propolis and beeswax; beekeeping; herbal medicine; and issues facing pollinators today. Our staff also helped out in the apiary and learned more about honeybees. Madelyn taught several classes in partnership with Portland Nursery - two mason bee care classes, and a class on gardening for pollinators. We partnered with the Portland Fruit Tree Project and our friend Jen Davis of Bee Friendly Portland to teach a Pollinators class as well. Matt and Madelyn also travel to retail partners in Oregon and Washington to...

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