I, Bubba Bee, am starting my own mini-podcast since the Beehooligans won’t let me bee on their podcast. That’s Ok though beecause I can tell you about things that bees know best. like… Honey!
Iowa State bee inspector Andy Joseph sits in with the Beehooligans to talk about everything from queen rearing to state fairs.
Patrick Frievald is an Apiarist. He makes part of his living working with bees. He is also an author of several books in the horror genre. When you combine beekeeping and creative writing, interesting things can happen.
In the new anthology called “Behold! Oddities, Curiosities, and Undefinable Wonders“, Patrick has a story titled “Earl Pruitt’s Smoker”. It took me awhile, but I finally got to read the story.
Having read most of the other books by Patrick Frievald, I was curious how this would turn out given his great passion for bees and beekeeping and making delicious, spicy honey things and his supernatural thrillers that make up most of his author endeavors.
I’d bee lying if I said that “Earl Pruitt’s Smoker” was an innocent walk through the flowers in regards to telling a tale based on beekeeping. It’s an earnest story though, giving us a passionate tale of bees, beekeeping and the smoky motives and pressures of the people who find the practice nearly an obsession.
Patrick spells an imaginative painting using his own passion for beekeeping to give an honest rendering of the world of beekeeping as only a beekeeper can see it. I like it a lot. It’s engaging and challenges preconceived notions about who people really are beneath the veil.
I hope you get a chance to read this story. There just aren’t enough ‘good’ things to read about the world of beekeeping. In fact, I can see this single tale being the beginning of an anthology in it’s own right both in following the possession of the smoker in question and the lead for other stories based on the beekeeping theme in general.
Bee Smart and read “Earl Pruitt’s Smoker” by Patrick Frievald.
So, you talk a big game about being down for the environment and how you got our beneficial pollinators backs. Do you put your money where your mouth is though? Do you go further than money and put your actual effort into it?
If you’re a beekeeper, then you have the creds. You are making it happen. But for everyone who isn’t a beekeeper, what about you?
Now, not everyone who is interested in bee conservation wants to be a beekeeper. Just like not every beekeeper is solely focused on honey bees. We have apiarists who manage mason bees, bumblebees, honey bees and more.
A person concerned about the environment and beneficial pollinator bees doesn’t have to be a beekeeper either. But if not a beekeeper, what can you do to “bee real” in the bee conservation effort?
You can do any, some or all of the things listed below.
Big Bear’s List of Ways to Bee Involved
- Become a hobby beekeeper or professional apiarist.
- If you already are or are just getting started, YOU ROCK!
- Hire an Apiarist to manage an apiary for you.
- Just Beecause you don’t manage the bees yourself doesn’t mean you can’t have bees and have your own honey and beeswax to use for home or business purposes.
- Provide support to research into keeping bees alive, healthy and thriving.
- For ground level research, you can’t go wrong by supporting Randy Oliver at his website. He does awesome work not only doing the research but by making it accessible directly to hobbyists and apiarists himself.
- Provide support to education and training efforts that increase awareness, teach and train people about bees and beekeeping.
- Yes, you can sponsor someone to take classes or begin a training program like the Apiarist Apprentice Trade program at BBE-Tech Apiary Services in Omaha, NE.
- Offer a location for a hobby beekeeper or professional apiarist to establish an apiary.
- If there’s one thing bees and beekeepers need most, it’s quality places to set up and maintain an apiary.
- Buy from a local beekeeper.
- Whether it’s honey, beeswax items, or any of the hundreds of delicious and awesome things made from honey and other hive products, supporting local beekeepers means supporting local bee conservation.
- Check your local Farmers Markets. Not only are beekeepers there selling their stuff but all kinds of local growers whose crops got help from pollinating bees are too.
- Implement an IPM plan in your lawn care and gardening activity.
- Integrated Pest Management is perhaps the best way to prevent our beneficial pollinators from being unnecessarily exposed to toxic pesticides.
- The Label Is The Law! Mix and apply ANY pesticides you use exactly as the label describes. Not more, not different. You don’t need to dump a gallon of weed killer on a single dandelion.
- Bee an advocate for bees and beekeeping in your community.
- There are many cities and towns that don’t appreciate, understand or “get” all the benefits to bees and beekeeping locally. Even if you don’t intend to have your own hives, you CAN bee a proponent for bees and beekeeping at town council meetings, neighborhood associations, city, county and state elections, etc…
So, this list above is a good start.
Whatever you do, DON’T just be someone who talks about environmental and bee conservation issues but doesn’t actually do anything about it. The world is full of fakes and phonies. We and the bees need you to Bee Real.
So, the Bee Smart beekeeping project and that goes into it here… What’s the point of it all when there are so many other beekeeping websites out there? I ask myself this every so often.
I am always come back to the notion that I believe that there are things about bees and beekeeping that can be introduced and communicated differently, if not better in general.
The one thing about the web is that it contains so much information yet in many ways, so little context. People can do a Google search on seconds to get information yet still not understand it because it lacks context and perspective. In some cases, it does get presented with context and perspective but sadly, in a way that leaves people no better off or with any better understanding than before. In some cases, even in a worse place.
Also, Bee Smart beekeeping project is here to entertain and inform anyone who wants to understand bees and beekeeping better not just a specific group. I want to help non beekeepers understand every bit as much as I want beekeepers of any skill level to understand.
I just hope to do so in a way that isn’t necessarily the same way as everywhere else on the internet. That is from the perspective of beekeeping as a professional trade. The Point of presenting information to you about bees and beekeeping isn’t so much as to influence anyone to being pro this or anti that. It’s more of a “here’s what it is, here’s how it works, here are the pro’s and con’s of it.”
The goal is to help people be successful. To be successful in anything to do with bees or beekeeping, you have to be informed and you have to be interested. The Bee Smart approach to achieving being informed is to provide you with as accurate and honest information as possible.
The way we address being interested is to present the information in an entertaining (we hope) way. When people are having fun with something, they pay more attention and usually remember it better.
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I have a Patreon page for people who beelieve in what I am doing here and their support helps make it possible to make everything available at no upfront cost. I hope to get more Patreon supporters so that I can offer better quality content and more of it. In order to get more people to become Patreon supporters, they have to beelieve in the Bee Smart beekeeping project and what it’s trying to achieve also.
Thanks to everyone who is visiting us here and finding this content useful, informative and entertaining. Thank you greatly to our Patreon supporters for continuing to help us make it happen.
I can finally break the news!
There is a webcomic coming to the Bee Smart beekeeping project website. Of course, the comic will be titled, “Beehooligans”.
Look for it to be posted on a regular basis and more fun and information about all things bees and beekeeping to your heads.
More in-depth information is available for our supporters on Patreon and as always, it will appear on Patreon at least the day before being posted public here.
Join our cast of characters as they define and re-define the term, “Beehooligans”.