Queen Bee Corner
December, 2011 in this issue
Madrid, World Youth Finding An Agent That’sDay Right For You
Honey Extraction New Product Testing True’s Chicken Shack Queen Bee Corner
“We should expect young Catholics to continue to develop new forms of witness, show that Catholics and all of humanity can transcend our differences and deeply held opinions to come together, understand each other, and build a world of faith and reconciliation. Perhaps they will not merely redraw the boundaries but erase them entirely” Margarita Mooney
“May you have the Faith to walk on water”
A Yearly Insight into the Work at Sweet Mountain Farm
Sweet Mountain Farm
August 11-23, 2011
Emily returned from WYD knowing what
The highlights of her trip included a send off
Pope Benedict XVI concluded the festivities
a pilgrimage is all about. When asked
blessing at Stella Maris Parish with Pastor
by saying “now take this faith that has been
about her trip she said it was not a
David Ruby. Emily referred to herself as a
renewed and go back to your homes and share
vacation. Her knees were swollen and sore
Pioneer of the Parish. Stella Maris Parish
it with all the people that you meet –become a
but her spirit was strong. She attended
helped to financially support her.
We traveled to St. John the Evangelist in
Wisconsin. Tyme Out is a retreat center
Milwaukee with a send off from Archbishop
Emily was voted by her group as the Best
sponsored by the School Sister of Notre
Listecki, his message was “May you have the
“Silent Sufferer.” What a compliment. She
faith to walk on water.”
suffered though 100 degree days without
pure & absolute sweetness
WYD with a group of 33 people from the Tyme
shade, slept on an airstrip in the rain during a Our Parish youth coordinator, Bridget
Archbishop Dolan spoke to the English
tornado watch and stood at the barricade in the
Browning, planted the idea, encouraged
speaking youth at WYD. He believed that
sun for seven hours. Emily said August 18,
her to make this trip a reality, mentored her
faith has to grow, that our faith is weak.
2011 should be listed in Guinness Book of
throughout the year, and helped to
That’s why it takes 2 million youth to come
World Records as the largest sleepover in the
overcome obstacles at every turn.
together in one place…to strengthen their
world. I think that with God’s help this kid can
faith and to realize that together we are strong.
do anything that she puts her mind to.
1402 Mountain Road
Washington Island, Wisconsin 54246
Just In Time
Capital for Expansion
Sweet Mountain Farm’s Maxant 18 frame extractor arrived from Massachusetts just two days before our scheduled extraction date. The Ferry Terminal called to announce that the extractor was on the boat and in route to the Island. We
jumped into the truck and hurried to the dock for pick up.
Autumn came to me yesterday and said “I want to go to Kenya in June.” She will turn fourteen this April and wants to travel. Would you send your child to Kenya? Share your experience and advice with the Queen Bee.
Autumn tells me that she will earn the money
older sister and maybe help out on the next
herself. She plans to start selling sandals from
trip. It would be an opportunity of a lifetime
to get a glimpse of life in a Third World country.
If a trip to Kenya is meant to happen, it will happen. My hope is to give Autumn a broader
Yesterday, Autumn received a telephone call
It is scary to see my three youngest girls
world view, a mission beyond oneself, to fully
from her sister Hillery. Hillery traveled to
venture into uncertain and potentially unsafe
embrace other cultures and to love one another
Kenya last February on a medical mission
territory. I worry about everything from
and appreciate one another for our differences, as
trip. Her position within the medical team is
abduction to zeusophobia, --and everything
well as our similarities –that in loving your
triage nurse. It was proposed, during this
neighbor you love yourself.
Sweet Mountain enjoyed a 100% success rate at over wintering our colonies last year.
Sponsorships are a good idea
A ventilated top feeder/candy board was Sweet Mountain Farm expanded its bee yard
custom designed for the hives.
from ten hives in 2010 to thirty hives in
continue to monitor the success of this new
2011. There are currently seven sponsored
winter feeding solution.
hives and twelve super colonies ready for splits this coming spring.
Sponsorships can be renewed from year-toyear and, once purchased, are exempt from
any price increase. A sponsorship entitles
Sponsorships are a vital source for our The new extractor runs much like a
the owner to 30 one pound bottles of our best
expansion. The pre-sale dollars are invested
washing machine on the spin cycle,
honey shipped at no charge to one specified
in new hardware and bees. Orders for bees
although the variable speed motor on an
are placed by January 1st each year and paid
extractor precisely controls how fast the
November 15th. Just in time for the Holidays
in advance of the May 1st delivery.
drum will spin. call, that Autumn might accompany her
buzz us at 920.847.BEES
Deliveries are on or before
This year we have added a new option. We The goal for 2012 is to produce 30 thriving
The honey supers ( a box that contains 8-
offer an 8.45 oz. decanter of maple syrup
super colonies. The long term goal is to
10 honey combed frames) are removed
alongside a 16 oz. dripless bottle of honey
continue to grow the bee yard until it has 100
from the hives, the capped honey cells are
gift boxed together. The sponsor may select
strong hives. At 100 hives, there should be
shaved off each frame with an electric hot
between 15 maple/honey combination gift
approximately 10,000 lbs of honey and it
knife, and then the uncapped frames are
boxes or 30 honey gift boxes
will be time to hire a helper.
loaded into the large extraction drum. The
new machine has considerably reduced
Sweet Mountain Farm is above average in its
labor hours and is built to last a long time.
sponsorships is due by April 1, 2012. A hive
success at over wintering the bees. Average
winter colony loss is about 20% and a higher
renewing by January 1, 2012 will receive a
loss is experienced in non-treated/organic