Meet Phil the Groundhog

We’re in the process of moving into our permanent location and we’ll be limiting our posts to short entries. Please bear with us.


On the first day moving into the Longborne property, we spied a Groundhog (AKA Woodchuck), which we have dubbed “Phil” after the famous groundhog in Pennsylvania. As he is not posing a problem to our grounds or livestock, we’re going to let him continue to occupy his burrow. He was here before us, after all. … More Meet Phil the Groundhog

Beehives Three Ways: Long Lanstroth, Layens, and Trågkupa (for sale, too!)

We’ll be building three types of beehives this year for the institute’s bee yard. We’ll be chronicling the builds here on the blog and posting full plans and updates throughout their uselife. The goal is to compare overwintering and other observations on their use. We will also build extra beehives for sale if you are in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. Please get in touch if you are interested in purchasing a hive. … More Beehives Three Ways: Long Lanstroth, Layens, and Trågkupa (for sale, too!)