What Would Happen If We Lost the Bees

Bee Stressors

This morning as I sat eating breakfast next to a wonderful Crepe Myrtle tree in full flower and buzzing with bees, I realized that a person could find it hard to believe that bees might be an endangered species. After all, I reported here myself last March about how Colony Collapse Disorder in honey bees […]

Posted on August 28th, 2018

Saturday is National Honey Bee Day!

Honey Orange-Glazed Almonds

Saturday, August 18th is National Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are the almond grower’s best friend so we need to celebrate! We bring honey bees into our almond orchards every year because every almond you eat exists only because some sweet bee pollinated an almond blossom. And the bees benefit, too! Almond blossom nectar provides […]

Posted on August 17th, 2018

Celebrating World Bee Day

Bees

Guess what? Yesterday was the first annual World Bee Day! The holiday is about spreading awareness of the significance of bees and came about as the result of a recently adopted UN resolution. It will be on May 20th every year which is also the birthday of Anton Janša, a teacher of apiculture and pioneer of […]

Posted on May 21st, 2018

Update on How the Honey Bees Are Doing

honeybees on honeycomb

About 10 years ago beekeepers began to report unusually high losses of 30-90 percent of their hives. Worker bees would suddenly leave the hive, leaving the queen and the young behind, and without the workers the rest of the hive would eventually die. The phenomenon was called Colony Collapse Disorder and it became a very troubling […]

Posted on March 8th, 2018

How You Can Bee Proactive and Help Save the Honey Bees

honeybees on honeycomb

You’ve heard the term “busy as a bee” and as it turns out, honey bees have an essential role in our food chain and especially to almond farming. At Maisie Jane’s, we care about bees because almonds need bees to grow, and we need almonds to bring you our healthy, delicious products. Why are bees […]

Posted on July 14th, 2017

Honey Bees Are in Danger and it Could Leave Us Hungry for Almonds

bee collecting pollen on almond blossom

When you think of almonds, the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t bees, but bees are an essential part of the almond-growing process. Almond trees need bees for cross-pollination. Actually, approximately 70% of our food and plants depend on bees, as well as help avoid the need to spray harmful pesticides in the […]

Posted on March 31st, 2017

The Bees Are Back in Town for Almond Tree Pollination Preparation

Almond Orchard Blooms

Did you know that bees need almonds and almonds need bees? Between late February and early March, the orchards that produce Maisie Jane’s almonds burst into bloom with light pink and white flowers in preparation for pollination. This is a crucial time in the almond lifecycle. The Blooms and the Bees Almond trees need the […]

Posted on March 10th, 2017

Find Out Why We’re All Abuzz About Our Beekeepers

bee_on_flower

Here at Maisie Jane’s we care a lot about bees because if it weren’t for bees, there wouldn’t be any almonds! Bee hives are brought to the orchards during bloom to assist with pollination since almonds are not self-pollinating. The Zitlaw brothers own and manage the hives that we use to help pollinate the almonds we […]

Posted on September 29th, 2016