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PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:47 am 
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Which one is from your harvest?

The glass jar with the honeycomb is from our midsummer harvest. It's purely from the Rocky Mountain Bee Plant. The late summer/fall harvest is much darker honey.

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Do use a centrifuge to pull the honey out or just let gravity do the job.


We practice two types of beekeeping. The first type involves the use of frames. Frames are placed in the extractor and honey is spun-out of the comb via centrifuge. The frames go back into the hive and the bees refill the empty comb with honey. The second type is top bar. The bees build comb from the top bar. I like to cut the comb into squares and/or rectangles. I will either sell the comb honey by itself, or I will place the sections of comb into a jar of liquid honey. The leftover comb is smashed and honey is left to drain out.

Our fall honey is so vicious, that the centrifuge method doesn't work. In that case, I have no choice but to use a gravity fed system and remove the 200, 400, or 600 micron screen.

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I would love to have the land and the time to start beekeeping. Nice work!!


Beekeeping takes a lot of knowledge, patience, and time. It can also be very rewarding and enjoyable. You really don't need much land to start beekeeping. Even in a residential setting, you can have a hive or two in your backyard. Beekeeping does take time, though. You need to perform hive inspections, know when to split a hive, know when to introduce a new queen, know when to add more boxes, know when to harvest, and know when to feed. Even though I've been beekeeping for a few years, I'm still learning a lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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I just found this thread and read all the way through it. Awesome work and loving reading about all this.

So any updates since Oct? Still making progress?

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:30 pm 
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I just found this thread and read all the way through it. Awesome work and loving reading about all this.


Thank you for your interest and I'm glad that you've enjoyed reading it.

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So any updates since Oct? Still making progress?


Unfortunately, there hasn't been many property updates since October. We did buy a house in the town that we're working in. I will probably move the RV to the property in the spring which will give us a place to stay on weekends and during the summer months.

There isn't much work we can do during the winter months. Once the snow begins to accumulate, accessing the property becomes difficult, if not impossible. Just a month ago, we still had 14 inches of snow on the ground. Due to warmer weather, the snow has melted quickly, and now it's just a matter of time before the ground dries out. During the winter, I've been planning and getting ready for the upcoming bee season. I hope that my Rocky Mountain Bee Plant seed distribution was successful and takes off like last year. We had a very good honey crop and hope to repeat that again.

I'm researching the possibility of putting in a solar field and selling the electricity to the electric company. Based on the math I've seen thus far, I should be able to pay off all the equipment in 3.5 - 4.5 years and begin turning a nice profit thereafter. I have a few other projects in mind, but I'm still assessing each project and trying to make decisions on what I want to tackle next.

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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Cool, well I look forward to more updates!

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 11:28 pm 
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Any updates....or did you fall off the grid completely?

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:15 am 
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Any updates....or did you fall off the grid completely?


Thanks Wolverine for checking in. We just finished mowing the property a few weeks ago. The plan is to look at installing a few hoop houses on the property so that we can grow food and nectar/pollen producing plants in the colder months. There are still a few few acres that I need to remove pine duff, stumps, and other organic debris before I can start cultivating the ground. We're making some transitional changes to our overall operation. We sold the utility trailer and will be replacing it with a larger and more heavy duty dump trailer. Additionally, we're thinking about selling our gas powered John Deere Riding Mower and purchase a diesel powered John Deere Compact Tractor. I'm trying to decide if I want to purchase a tractor next summer or wait until the house is built first. I certainly could benefit from a frontend loader and numerous other attachments.

Due to my organization and level of involvement, the bank has agreed to let me be my own contractor. This should cut the overall cost by 10% - 15%. But this also means that I will have to find my own subcontractors, get price estimates, and be very detailed in the cost analysis. Financially speaking, we need to have some money set aside before we start the building process. My goal is to have $20K saved up before we finalize the loan. The loan officer said the bank will be more at ease knowing that we have a safety plan in the event that we go over budget. On a positive note, we already have a substantial amount of equity into the property. Equity + Safety Reserve = Happy Bank.

I don't know how long it will take to save up $20K. We've been paying $1,000 per month towards our investment property. That property will be paid off in 5 more months. Once that's paid off, then we can start putting $1,000 into a safety reserve account. If nothing substantial changes in our lives, we should be able to build in two more years and keep our second home.

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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How is this project going?

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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WolverineFW wrote:
How is this project going?


Wow, October of 2016 was the last time I posted! That over two years ago!

In total, we've gotten 62.5" inches of snowfall this season. I'm looking forward to getting back outside and working again this spring. I've been doing a lot of landscaping at our in-town residence, which gave me a reason to order a dump trailer to my specifications and needs. It will come in handy at the mountain property, too.

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 Post subject: Re: Going off the grid
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Lol....been a bit. Glad to hear you are still making progress.

Thanks for the trailer porn. [FACE SAVOURING DELICIOUS FOOD]

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Lol....been a bit. Glad to hear you are still making progress.

Thanks for the trailer porn. [FACE SAVOURING DELICIOUS FOOD]


Thank you. You appear to be my biggest fan, or at least my only follower at this point, lol.

The dump trailer has been fantastic. It was a long overdue purchase. I now need a tractor. We are wanting to buy a John Deere 2038R with a loader and backhoe. As it stands right now, and to stay within budget, I can only afford the tractor and loader. If I want to buy the backhoe with the tractor, I will have to wait another year. If I don't want to wait another year, then I can buy the tractor/loader right now and worry about the backhoe at a later date. I'm not sure what we are going to do. These decisions are never easy to make, especially when you're in a race against time.

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You have at least 2 of us following your adventure. :D

Do you still have the red KJ? I noticed you were selling your 4.10 gears and some other KJ parts.

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You have at least 2 of us following your adventure. :D


Great! I've got two followers! Hopefully you guys have 10 years to keep following. :mrgreen:

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Do you still have the red KJ? I noticed you were selling your 4.10 gears and some other KJ parts.


We sold the KJ approximately 2.5 years ago.

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I don't log on often much anymore. Glad to see your still making progress on the property. How are the bee's doing?

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I don't log on often much anymore. Glad to see your still making progress on the property. How are the bee's doing?


Hello bugnout, I'm glad to see that you're still checking in from time-to-time. We were having great success with several hives until a bear came in and took out four of our best hives. New Mexico Game and Fish gave us two solar powered Bear Fences to help alleviate those problems. We took our honey to the state fair a while back and walked away with a few 1st and 2nd place finishes. :D

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