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Beekeeper For A Day

Beekeepers George Hegeman and Mike Bennett give us firsthand experiences with their hives. Then, preheat your oven to 400 degrees for two baked eggs recipes.

bees on honeycomb

Photo: Yael Ksander/WFIU

In Mike Bennett's top bar hive, the bees build comb hanging down from the bars, as they would in a natural environment.

Southern Indiana provides a delicious variety of nectariferous plants for bees to feast upon. With things in full bloom right now, I wanted to revisit a couple stories from last year about local beekeepers.

On this week’s show, we hear from hobbyist Mike Bennett as he brings home a new batch of bees, and George Hegeman, an elder statesman of Bloomington’s beekeeping community. He minds the hives at the Bloomington Community Orchard:

One time I caught a swarm for him. The swarm emerges from the hive when the bees are reproducing, and that sort of settled me. I thought, gee whiz, this is a great way to be a local hero and play with all these wonderful buzzing insects.

Then, we’re taking a week off of baking sweets and instead whipping up savory dishes with Chef Daniel Orr. Baked eggs are on the menu today. Our two recipes use almost the same ingredients.

And, from Harvest Public Media, did you know that farmers are not allowed to repair their own tractors? We’ll hear about efforts to change that. Then, to Kansas where ranchers are recovering from spring wildfires.

Stories On This Episode

Farmers Lobby For Right To Repair Tractors


Farmers fixing their own equipment would be an obvious blow to the business of tractor dealers who have cornered the market on repair.

Study: Grow More Crops, Store More Carbon In The Soil


New research shows breeding plants with larger root systems may be the key to storing more carbon in the soil, especially in large agricultural operations.

Baked Vegetable Cups With Eggs

baked veggie cups with eggs

While you wait for your breakfast to bake, whip up a quick pico de gallo or tomato sauce to drizzle on top.

Breakfast Bake Of Eggs, Cheese, Tomatoes And Greens


This dish will look like a crustless pizza when it comes out of the oven. The cheese curds and eggs create a base for the tomatoes and greens.

Great Plains Ranchers Look To Rebuild In Wake Of Wildfires

Rancher Gena Kirk

The USDA set aside $6 million in aid to help farmers and ranchers affected by the fires.

Home Is Where The Honeybees Are


In this week's podcast, we follow a backyard beekeeper as he adopts a new colony. And, rethinking antibiotic use in livestock with Harvest Public Media.

Tyson Announces Better Conditions And Safety For Meat Workers


An investigation found that the more than 500,000 slaughterhouse and meat processing plant workers have some of the most dangerous factory jobs in America.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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