Fairy Dell Farms

Fairy Dell Farms is a micro-farm using Kratky Method hydroponics, a passive, ultra-low maintenance technique pioneered by B. A. Kratky, and raised beds adhering to ‘square foot’ gardening protocols.

Added to the mix is a small apiary whose behavior is monitored 24/7 using microcomputer data collectors. The collected data includes hive weights and temperature profiles of the hives. Also, audio recordings are used to listen-in on hive conversations (bee communication sounds). Video cameras may be used to show activity at a hive’s entrance.

While the data collected is used to monitor honey production, it’s also fun to watch the activity of an amazing democratic collective. (‘Democratic’ meant what it says – bees vote on decisions related to the future of their hive.) More on bees will follow later.

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