Beekeeping is Therapeutic, Keep Calm and Keep Bees

One of the biggest reasons I am so enthusiastic about collaborating with Scatter Joy Acres and Joy Bartling is because of the opportunity to have a place that spotlights bees and beekeeping on multiple fronts.  It not only provides space but an open-minded and willing support for bee conservation, skills training, providing a “safe space” for people to encounter bees in a positive way, and to facilitate the incredibly therapeutic experience that beekeeping offers.

Beekeeping can be a very relaxing and calming experience.  It requires the beekeeper to proceed in a purposefully calm and deliberate manner.  There sensory experiences that beekeepers enjoy have been often described as soothing, relaxing, and contributing to an almost Zen-like state of mind.  Like I said earlier, it can be downright therapeutic.

Joy and the volunteers at Scatter Joy Acres bring rescued animals to the ranch and then introduce people seeking calming and self-fulfilling therapeutic experiences to those animals.  This does two things at once.  It provides the rescued animals with and abundance of care and positive interaction from people and it gives people an opportunity to build confidence, a sense of purpose and calm to build up the inner strength to live more full and positive lives.

Bringing rescued bee colonies to SJA helps to keep bees that might have otherwise been exterminated or died of unnecessary environmental stress factors alive and in a low stress environment.  It also allows the Bee Smart beekeeping project to introduce people to the fascinating and often stress relieving experience of beekeeping.

I welcome anyone who is seeking out unconventional and interesting ways to help to alleviate stress issues such as people recovering from ptsd, over-busy lives, incarceration, low self esteem and other such stressful backgrounds.

With the new teaching apiary at Scatter Joy Acres being a home for rescued bees, maybe it could bee a good fit for you to.

Contact Tony Sandoval here at the Bee Smart beekeeping project to find out more about how bee rescue and beekeeping might bee just the the therapeutic experience that you are looking for.

You can support the Bee Smart beekeeping project and it’s efforts in bee conservation, beekeeper skills training, and building informative and entertaining public awareness about bees at the Bee Smart beekeeping project Patreon page.

 

Making a difference for bees in Omaha

The Bee Joyful Teaching Apiary has made its home at the best place it could be at Scatter Joy Acres, a haven of animal rescue.  Joy Bartlett and her volunteers have built a great reputation for helping rescue and relocate farm animals and all kinds of other animals and bring them to a better place.  Now they can add bees to that list.

Bumblebees in the nest

Tony Sandoval of the Bee Smart beekeeping project is set to perform live rescues of bees from homes, buildings, trees and other locations and relocate them to this new home instead of them being exterminated.    The new place is called “Bee Joyful Teaching Apiary” located on-site at Scatter Joy Acres.  It’s threefold mission is to be a refuge for wayward honey bee and bumblebees colonies, to provide informative experiences for the public about bees, and to be a place for beekeepers to learn the craft and get professionally guided hands-on experience in apiculture.

The Beehooligans is a group of people who by joining, become member to a special team of people who learn and practice beekeeping skills while maintaining and supporting the teaching apiary and helping the public better understand and appreciate bees and beekeeping by participating in special activities and events for them and the visitors to Scatter Joy Acres.

You can help by :

  • Coming out to Scatter Joy Acres and visiting the animals and bees.  Your small admission fee helps take care of animals and provide valuable therapeutic services to people.
  • You can make a donation to Scatter Joy Acres to help cover the costs of rescuing and maintaining bees.  The special costs of scaffolding and other means to access bee nests in high and odd places can be substantial.
  • You can spread the word to people not to exterminate bees, but to call to have the bees rescued by our Beehooligans instead and relocated to the teaching apiary.
  • You can support Tony and the Bee Smart beekeeping project by becoming a supporter at the Bee Smart Patreon page.

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Hive Working Happening At Scatter Joy Acres Teaching Apiary Tomorrow

I’ll bee ready to work on rehabbing hive boxes and putting together new boxes tomorrow at 1 pm.

We have donated hive boxes that need to be cleaned up and made usable for the new bee colonies we will go out and rescue this year.

Interns, here’s a great opportunity to come down, ask questions, find out the answers to What, How, Why, When, and even When.  Learn to identify pieces of hive equipment and much more.  $7.50 for the day.

Apprentices, take in a session of getting hands-on experience while you have someone there who won’t let you break anything (or can fix it if you do).  No stress, all fun and improving your skills.  $15.00  for the day.

After we’re done, you can get a special deal on going through the rest of the farm to see what Joy and the gang’s and visit the special critters living there.

Learn about bee hives, beekeeping equipment and support Bee rescue all at the same time.