Tim Brod of Highland Honey Bees sells creamed honey and herb-infused honey intended to promote health, as well as queen bees and bee packages to would-be apiarists and pollination services for local organic farms. And -- as I learn on my Saturday morning visit to the Boulder Farmers' Market -- he is ... More >>
Late last year, Odell Brewing named a beer, Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, after a truck belonging to the organic farmer who hauls away the brewery's spent grain to feed to his dairy cows. This time around, the Fort Collins company will focus on the life cycle of hops -- and in particular on a butterf ... More >>
When Denver craftsman Corbin Clay launched his own custom furniture company a few years back, he saw an opportunity to make stylish, affordable pieces out of an abundant resource: the vast stands of dead lodgepole pines left by Colorado's raging beetle epidemic. It was a shrewd move; among thousands ... More >>
Like pine beetles, Boulder artist Jill Powers does some of her best work in bark. Her mixed media fiber sculptures and installations draw on exotic natural materials, from seed pods to a tough inner bark called Kozo that happens to be "sustainably grown" -- and that's good news, since Powers's new e ... More >>
It's now official: In some areas of Colorado, 2012 was the driest year since 2000. A late dump of snow in December has failed to take portions of the Western Slope and the southern part of the state out of the "extreme drought" category. And if the weather doesn't take a dramatic turn to the wet thi ... More >>
Bees have been stung with something of a bad reputation, but they make a big contribution to life on earth by pollinating plants. And the people behind the documentary Bee People are out to prove that bees deserve a better image....and a better chance at survival.
- The Brown Palace is ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Beetle and the Damage Done," reports on the mounting toll of the worst bark-beetle epidemic in recorded history in Colorado and the various causes blamed for the infestation, from past fire suppression policies to climate change. Are the millions of dead trees claimed b ... More >>
Above the heads of passersby, James Bertini's bees are flying in circles around the entrance to their new home: a small tube set in the red brick wall at Denver Urban Homesteading. Though the bees are still orienting themselves with the ins and outs of their glass-windowed beehive, soon they'll "be ... More >>
Colorado is under attack! By Miller moths! This earlier-than-usual invasion has inspired plenty of grumbling, as well as Melanie Asmar's list earlier this week of the top five alternative uses for the irritating little buggers. Note that Asmar didn't include anything about moths causing car crashes ... More >>
Miller moths are back, molesting porch lights, swarming cars and generally pestering the good citizens of Colorado earlier than usual this year due to our recent warm weather. Pest control companies are helpless in the face of these flapping demons; their best advice is to suck them up with a vacuum ... More >>
Driving through Montana last week, I saw worrisome splotches of red in the thick stands of trees on some hillsides -- not the fires of dry summers past, but the first signs that the pine beetles that have plagued Colorado are moving north. Heading south through Wyoming into Colorado, those sp ... More >>
Lori MidsonWhen it comes to food, I'll try anything once -- I've happily eaten tarantulas, ant eggs and ant dust, grasshoppers, crickets, duck tongues, rubber, crayons and toenails -- but this Sicilian dish, the texture and flavors of which were pure funk and stink, is not something that I'd ... More >>
"Bees like redheads."
That was Matt Kentner's attempt to reassure me that the continent of flying insects communing above my head wasn't going to sting me to death, a legitimate concern for someone who's allergic to bees. But just in case you're ready to grab the phone and order flowers for my fu ... More >>
Ever eat a bug? On purpose?
The Butterfly Pavilion, located at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, will welcome a truly freaky act to help open its new, sideshow-inspired exhibit, Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders, this weekend. Renowned Seattle entomophagist chef David Gordon, who ha ... More >>
That sound makes me want to bite somebody's freakin' head off!Some creative researchers at Northern Arizona University have discovered what could be a literally sound solution to saving Colorado's forests that are rapidly dying at the jaws of pine beetles.
The answer could lie in the sound o ... More >>
A Flickr PhotoCan you imagine eating this with slightly less guilt?WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE BEES?!? Those little buzzy things that scared the living daylights out of me when I was younger are disappearing. Not like "slowly declining and let's just kinda worry about it later" disappearing, but "in ... More >>
NEED A TAX BREAK FOR THE NEW YEAR? CONSIDER RAISING BEES, DONKEYS, HAY OR, AS A LAST RESORT, A STINK WITH THE COUNTY ASSESSOR.TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE? FOR A SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPER SEEKING A TAX BREAK, THAT'S NO QUESTION. BUT TAXPAYERS GET STUNG.