Today’s episode is different from previous episodes in that we have not one or two but 4 guests! Each fulfills an important role in local beekeeping and ecological conservation. They share their personal stories and how bees have inspired them to take important steps to provide education to new beekeepers and to make their communities better for not just the bees but for the people, too.

 

In order of interview: Breanna Suarez, David Riera, Megan Long AKA Queenie, and Daniel Calzadilla.

 

How to connect:

 

@Breesbees1 @Plantman_dan  @Bee_wranglers  @SFLbeekeeping @meltingbigfoot @MiaSTEAMEduu

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Our current featured guest is extraordinary for her many talents, her journey with bees, and her generous spirit! She is the owner of Zia Queenbees based out of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment which is also my home state. But the most recent twist in her journey brought her to the Iberian Peninsula for her Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship. I am so happy to share the first of many visits with Melanie Kirby!

 

To learn more about Melanie and her work, visit her online at ziaqueenbees.com!

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I had the pleasure of spending some more time with Julia Mahood, a Master Beekeeper from Georgia that we visited a few months back. This interview was recorded on March 30th, just at the beginning of the quarantine here in the US before we realized the extent of our social and physical confinement. I only went back and listened to it very recently to get it ready to publish and I just want to say how timely this conversation and topic felt. It made me pause and reflect on what quarantine at home is like, and how grateful I am for this charmed life.

 

Read more about Beekeeping at Arrendale State Prison here.

 

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Today we catch up with Ang Roell, who joined me from Florida where they’re caring for 200 hives. I first interviewed Ang back in late 2018 and we promised a follow up for when their book Radicalize The Hive would become available for all of us to read! That day has come, and you can get a free copy of Radicalize the Hive by visiting They Keep Bees.

We also talk about the realities of how the pandemic is affecting our beekeeping operations and seeking out the silver lining.

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On today’s show we visit with Noah Wilson-Rich Ph.D, author of The Bee: A Natural History, a TED Speaker, and founder of The Best Bees Company

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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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