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About BlakeyJ

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  1. For the Original Floor, for the front one, kneel on the ground in front of the hive and use left hand to guide the end into the notches, and the right hand to set the clips to hold them in. It only takes a few seconds once you know where they clip in. For the back on, kneel behind the hive and do the same thing. The middle one is much easier and can usually be done from the side.
  2. But the green logo on the side on all product labels still says "100% organic naturally produced" but great that they have changed the name.
  3. haha, "oops, my fingers slipped onto the keyboard and accidentally typed a whole sentence that advertises we are not organic in any way" They clearly don't get it.
  4. Just saw this... wondering if anyone wanted to comment on their Facebook post, as to what treatments they are using - organic of chemical, as I seem to have been blocked from commenting.
  5. I know this is getting a little off track, but if a chemical neighbour had any respect for his neighbours, he would only spray when the wind was in the opposite direction, regardless of what the neighbour was dong. While there is a degree that you should be able to do anything you like on your own property, there is also respect for any and all neighbours. There seems to be a whole lot of "don't tell me what to do, if you don't like it, then move" attitude, and that too is not being a decent neighbour. It has to go both ways. Organic production never imposes on a neighbour, but chemical farmers impose big time on everyone around them.
  6. you can very effectively manage coddling moth using a wrap around the base of the trunk. The caterpillar hatch in the ground and the caterpillar must travel up the trunk. Catch it there, and job done, no sprays needed. In my opinion, spraying for many things is kind of on the lazy side. A little extra work, and less chemicals to drift anywhere.
  7. Ahhh I didn't imply an organic farmer should dictate anything, but you agreed that the conventional farmer should keep his spray drift inside his own property, which is precisely what I said. My comment was that conventional farmers should not just assume that they have the right to contaminate any neighbour with chemicals, regardless of what the neighbour is doing on his land. I do agree that it would be silly for an organic farmer to set up in the middle of chemical farmers.
  8. Here's my take on this, and I know I may get some flak, but conventional producers who spray chemicals on a property that has an organic producer next door, is far far far beyond arrogant and selfish. If I could use stronger language on here, I would, and I will not apologise. It is like Monsanto suing farmers next door to GMO crops, where seeds have migrated over the fence without the knowledge of the unsuspecting farmer, and grow. Because Monsanto licence the seeds, they must only grow on the licensee's property. Grow over the fence, and Monsanto sues that farmer for breaching their licence. The absolute arrogance and selfishness of that is deplorable. The same goes for conventional farmers whose spray crosses the fence-line, and contaminates the next door organic property, or someone's home. That is deplorable, and I believe it should be possible for the organic farmer to sue for loss of livelihood from the spray drift farmer. Sadly we have become so complacent about the use of chemicals, that we just let it happen, thinking we cannot do anything about it. I know a number of well established organic properties that have triple layer wind breaks, some of which decent neighbours have contributed to, and they won't spray on days of wind drift in the direction of the organic property. Sadly, neighbours like this are rare. As beekeepers, we are all required to mitigate any nuisance our bees create to our neighbours. The same should apply to chemicals that can and do harm other people bees, and crops.
  9. Has anyone else been blocked from commenting on the not organic facebook page, and noticed they have removed the "message" button??? They have changed the facebook page name to say "non certified organic beekeepers". I bet they realise that removing the word organic would hurt their business and they just can't bring themselves to be honest.
  10. I asked them that a few days ago and this is the response I got this morning. I have emailed them back just now to ask about hives permanently on a BioGro farm, and the use of synthetics strips on site. I'll post that when they respond. Hi Blake, Thank you for your enquiry to BioGro. Currently organic standards don’t hold restrictions on beehives used for pollination purposes except that the land where the beehives are placed must not be treated/contaminated with synthetic pesticides or herbicides. Hope it answers you question.
  11. @Alistair, are you able to contact this magazine with your personal experience, as they are going to contact the business, who will probably make their same excuses. The email addresses are information@nadia.co.nz and Lslight@baeurmedia.co.nz. I will reply back to them that you will contact them directly. Cheers Hi Blake, Thanks so much for getting in touch and letting us know about this. I take it this is the article you're referring to, about Earthbound Honey: https://nadialim.com/busy-bees/ I completely understand your concern and I know Nadia would be very disappointed if they are indeed not organic but are stating to be. I've CC'd in Lucy the NADIA editor. Lucy are you able to get in touch with the company and confirm their organic status? If they're not than we will want to remove the article. Thanks, Ellie Hackshaw Communications Manager —
  12. I have emailed both AssureQuality and Biogro about this but haven't received a response. I think it is more a case that bees cannot be marketed as organic if synthetic chems are used, but certified organic crops would remain certified, as the chemicals would not actually touch the fruit. The bees would only touch the pollen and flowers. The issue is the marketing of bees as organic, and charging a premium. As long as no hive is marketed as organic, then it doesn't matter where the dirty contaminated bees come from... the produce would remain certified.
  13. Seems they have made some changes to the About description on their facebook page, but still say they are a "non-certified organic artisan beekeeping business". They have removed reference to offering "organic pollination".
  14. Now they have changed their listings with no mention of organic - until a customer buys a jar, and sees the word organic on the label.
  15. Yip, thats the one, they haven't changed any listings yet, still proudly displaying that it is certified organic.
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