Today’s guest is a beekeeper who lives in my neighboring state of Washington. He is super active in his local beekeeping community and through his contributions he earned the title of the 2019 WSBA Beekeeper of the year! We had been communicating with each other online for a while and I knew he listened to the show so when he earned that award I asked with fingers crossed that he would come on the show! He did, and I really enjoyed having some shop talk with him! Meet Jeff Hall from Full Frame Apiary!

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In this installment of Beekeeper Confidential I visit with Emily Bondor, the founder of Santa Cruz Bee Co. She has a wealth of knowledge gained from a series of unique opportunities. She has followed her passion and built an amazing beekeeping business that serves beekeepers, the community at large, but most importantly - the bees!

 

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March 4, 2020

Bee & Bloom

Today we feature 3 incredible bee advocates who took a brave leap of faith and joined forces to build a company that promotes the health of native bees, honey bees, biodiversity, and more. Together they keep a busy schedule of classes and hands on workshops, the host apiary tours, make luscious skincare products, offer stunning photos and stickers, and MORE. They are smart in business, friendship and in beekeeping. I am really proud to call them my friends! Meet the ladies of Bee & Bloom!

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Today we are visiting with a fellow podcast host and beekeeper. She promotes and shares tips for sustainable beekeeping practices from her apiary in North Carolina. She has gained an impressive audience in the short time that she has produced her show. Joining us via video call, please welcome Leigh Digs from Beekeeping at Five Apple Farm

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In this episode we visit with Brad Garmon of Commonwealth Bee Company. He's a beekeeper, nurse, father of twins, husband, and entrepreneur. His focus on serving the community doesn't stop when he's working as a flight medic, he carries that right into his beekeeping. He has built his company around the need for leaders in urban beekeeping who educate and facilitate responsible beekeeping in Virginia. We go deep into what it is to run a small (but growing) beekeeping business, and how to find work/life balance. 

 

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January 22, 2020

Julia Mahood | Map My DCA

What do you get when you mix drones with drones? What do drones do when they disappear into a congregation area, and how do we even FIND these DCA's? You’ll get the answers to these questions and more today as we go deep into the DRONE ZONE with Master Beekeeper Julia Mahood!

 

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Today’s guest is a badass female beekeeper from Miami, Florida. She and her boyfriend first fell in love with bees in 2015 and have since built a successful full service beekeeping company.. Her enthusiasm and joy for bees is contagious! I really admire beekeepers who take their passion to the next level --- I also respect how challenging being a beekeeping entrepreneur can be. Today we’re diving into these issues and MORE. Joining us from her home in Miami, please welcome Tasha Trujillo!

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Over the last year I participated in the Bee Informed Partnership’s Sentinel Apiary Program. You’ve heard me share tales of pulling samples and the tiny funnel that was included in the sampling kit. I was curious to learn more about what goes on at the lab at the University of Maryland where the Bee Informed Partnership is stationed. After I completed the program for the year, and upon a special request from one of our listeners, I asked for an interview and they said YES! Joining us from the BEE LAB is Kelly Kulhanek and Dan Reynolds! I might be too excited about this interview...

 

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Today’s interview was weeks… perhaps months in the making. This is the first time I’ve interviewed someone overseas and it took some extra effort to make it happen and I am so glad that it did! I think you will bee as charmed as I was to meet today’s guest. He is one of the early producers of New York City Honey Week, he was a key organizer for the 2019 Learning From the Bees Conference, and he continues to develop his Ambeessadors program which is a collective of bee ambassadors who work to unite scientists, beekeepers, activists, enthusiasts and their communities. Joining us from his home in Berlin, please put your nasonov glands up and welcome Steve Rogenstien to our hive!

 

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Joining us from her 13 acre farm in West Michigan, here is part 2 of our visit with Roda Shope of Indigo Acres Apiary!

 

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