About Me

I guess I consider myself a native Utahn. I graduated with degrees from the University of Utah and in 2006, I returned here to live after a 5 year stint in Japan. I guess I can call it home even though I have lived in many different states, some of which for long periods of time. I have seen a lot of change here in Utah as well. The mountains, the sunshine, and the proximity to outdoor recreation has drawn much more diversity in its population that was purported a couple of decades ago. While the folks here are too conservative for my tastes, they tend to be friendly and Mormons make good neighbors. I live in Utah County which seems stifling at times with the monoculture mindset and the growth for growth sake mentality which has lead to cookie cutter houses for as far as the eye can see.  Manifest Destiny is still considered a legitimate way of life in these parts and the minorities like myself (not Mormon) are quite marginalized. If you can handle being marginalized (apathy works well), then this is a great place to live.To top it off, we have rather loose beekeeping laws which have allowed me to build Warre hives!  Over the last months, I have become very interested in bees, beekeeping, and the colony collapse disorder.  After hearing about CCD (colony collapse disorder) and reading about the issues bees face in the world today, I have become passionate in learning all I can about beekeeping.  After reading everything I could get my hands on regarding the subject, I realized there was almost NO information regarding alternative practices in beekeeping in Utah.  This blog is my attempt to pass along any knowledge I have gained and to document my progress as a hopeful beekeeper with no experience whatsoever!  

6 Responses to About Me

  1. Ross Woolf says:

    I live in Utah County as well, and intend to use Warre hives this year. I would love to have the opportunity to come see yours and ask some questions. Let me know if this is possible. Thanks

  2. Natalee thompson says:

    Hi. I really enjoy reading your blog, it’s great. I live in SLC. I have 7 colonies and 1 of the is a TBH. I also do some foundationless Langs. I have been interested in Warre but I don’t have access to a lot of woodworking tools. I do have the usual suspects though.
    I would love to built a Warre. Buying one and shipping it is outrageously expensive!
    I am the program director for Wasatch Beekeepers Assoc. in SLC. I experience the monoculture in utah as well but, it seems more are becoming interested in TBH’s. I wonder why you chose Warre?

    • wasatchwarre says:

      Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for reading. I picked Warre because of volume and nest scent which are two important factors. As for building them, I spent a great deal of time designing half frames to ensure compliance with state law. I would love to offer a work shop on how to build them. If people pay for the materials, I’m happy to build them at no extra cost for any Wasatch Beek Association members.

  3. Ashe McFionn says:

    Great website with a lot of good information. Would you mind if I posted a link to your site on the Wasatch Beek Association website?

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