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FROM the FARM: Honey always a welcome sweet ingredient

FROM the FARM: Honey always a welcome sweet ingredient

One of the last of our peach trees at our family farm grew by accident, but produced plenty of fruit.

October 22, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Poison ivy penetrates from films to reader personal stories

OFFBEAT: Poison ivy penetrates from films to reader personal stories

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 07, 2013 12:00 am
Sting operation: Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets offer benefits despite their bad-temper reputation

Sting operation: Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets offer benefits despite their bad-temper reputation

There's a reason the age-old expression "Stepping into a hornet's nest" carries such strong connotation.

August 23, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: A reason to be thankful for this season's blueberries

FROM the FARM: A reason to be thankful for this season's blueberries

Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.

July 11, 2012 12:00 am
Smoke and No Mirrors for Persuading Bee Behavior

Smoke and No Mirrors for Persuading Bee Behavior

Dr. Jerry Coltro, a physician at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill. is also a beekeeper hobbyist. Using puffs of smoke, he's able to calm and coerce a colony of bees to leave a natural tree hive along a busy Chicago street and relocate to a makeshift hive to be moved to a better location at d…

September 29, 2011 12:00 am
Gardening Beekeeping

Gardening Beekeeping

Edd Buchanan displays a frame from a hive at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., in July 2011, to examine how well his bees are developing a honeycomb, which he eventually will remove, package and sell. At least a pound of worker bees and a queen are needed to make a productive apiary, s…

September 29, 2011 12:00 am
Benefit of bees: Raise your own pollinators, reap a sweet harvest

Benefit of bees: Raise your own pollinators, reap a sweet harvest

The buzz about honeybees in recent years has been about their vanishing act from gardens and farm fields.

September 29, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Michael S. Thompson and Hives

Michael S. Thompson and Hives

Michael S. Thompson (standing) is the man behind the many custom constructed bee hives around downtown Chicago, including the prominent pride-and-joy Mayor Daley colonies based atop Chicago City Hall.

March 09, 2011 12:00 am
City Hives

City Hives

Bee hives have found a home in the urban landscape of the Windy City, with empty lots and high-rise building rooftops around Chicago hosting hives flowing with honey sold at the Chicago Downtown Farmstand.

March 09, 2011 12:00 am
Bee and Flower

Bee and Flower

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's push for a "green scene" landscape in the downtown, with flowering planters and vast public park spaces, are an added draw for the hobby of urban beekeeping in the Windy City.

March 09, 2011 12:00 am
The buzz on urban beekeeping: Chicago high-rise buildings are home to active hives flowing with honey

The buzz on urban beekeeping: Chicago high-rise buildings are home to active hives flowing with honey

Last month, when Irene and Thomas Renwald of Munster read about a seminar in downtown Chicago on the hobby of "urban beekeeping," their curiosity prompted them to attend.

March 09, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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The buzz on urban beekeeping: Chicago high-rises are home to hives flowing with honey

The buzz on urban beekeeping: Chicago high-rises are home to hives flowing with honey

Last month, when Irene and Thomas Renwald of Munster read about a seminar in downtown Chicago on the hobby of "urban beekeeping," their curiosity prompted them to attend.

March 09, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Martha Stewart Sketch by Artist Sara Wood

Martha Stewart Sketch by Artist Sara Wood

Artist Sara Wood says her 2009 illustration of Martha Stewart in beekeeper garb symbolizes the media mogul as "the queen bee of a massive hive of a corporation."

February 16, 2011 12:00 am
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