Ned Farrell has been a beekeeper for the last 24 years. Part of his beekeeping experience was in Paraguay, South America, teaching farmers how to keep honeybees with the local African (killer) bees.
Ned uses and teaches people how to keep bees with both the modern Langstroth hives common in the U.S., along with what he considers “more appropriate technology”, top bar hives common in other parts of the world.
Ned like many beekeepers feels the honeybee in the United States is in trouble. tis is due to a combination of factors like the overuse of pesticides, attacks by predatory mites, and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Due to these occurances honeybee numbers in the U.S. are dwindling at an alarming rate.
Ned wants people to understand that only honeybees can pollinate our flowers and crops to the extent we need. Honey, with all of its nuances and health benefits, can be produced only by bees. Our vast scientific knowledge cannot manufacture hive products in the laboratory. Without the honeybee to take care of pollination and to create the hive products, we are in trouble.
He joins us today to discuss how we can help the bees reestablish the populations many of us remember from the not so distant past. How to get started bee keeping and why top bar hives really are all they are cracked up to be. We also discuss how you can keep bees just about anywhere and where to get the equipment you need to get started.
Resources for today’s show…
- Members Support Brigade
- Join Our Forum
- TSP Copper
- Harvest Eating – (sponsor of the day)
- Free State Project – (sponsor of the day)
- Happiary.com – Ned’s Website
- Ned’s Kickstarter – How they created their full time bee keeping company
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