Learning About the Bees of it All: Beekeeping 101
As a member of a #FarmtoPlate Advisory Panel, I am posting about my recent bee experience.
This one word scares a lot of people. It also delights just as many others. Bees are a life-source for our planet and are responsible for a lot of the food we eat. Without bees, our planet wouldn’t be able to thrive. They are plenty important to our entire eco-system, even if they get a bad rap because of their stingers.
I’ve always been intrigued by bees and the whole beekeeping process. I got the opportunity to get up close and personal with them, bee suit and all.
Gotta keep it groovy.
I became a beekeeper for a day. Well, for about 20 minutes. Even still, it was a very interesting experience. I got to get up close and personal with them since the bee regalia kept me protected. I even had a touching moment with a Drone Bee, who became quite friendly.
How do bees help feed the world? The honey bee works to pollinate crops and is responsible for pollinating over one third of our food. Without bees, we couldn’t have most of the food that we eat.
Bees are essential.
Beekeepers are modern day superheroes because what they do is essential for our lives. No pollinators, no food.
Jerry the Beekeeper showed us around and made us feel as comfortable as you can as a newbie surrounded by thousands of bees.
Seeing honey being made during our short visit was enough to restore my faith in humanity, even if only for a few minutes.
You can learn more about our visit with the bees by reading fellow Advisory Panel member Natasha Nicholes’ blog post. As you can see, we never miss a chance to ham it up for the camera, even if it’s donning bee suits.