Bee Smart Podcast Project: Advanced Bee Culture

The Bee Smart beekeeping project is all about bring useful, informative and entertaining (hopefully) content about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

In the spirit of all of the above, I am proud to announce the “audio” recording of the book “Advanced Bee Culture” by W.Z. Hutchinson.  This is the second edition published in 1911 and edited by E.R. Root of the A.I. Root Company.

Unlike traditional audio book recordings, each chapter will be recorded as one episode here until the book is completed.

I hope you enjoy hearing this book as you drive, or sit back and relax.  It happens to be one of my personal favorites containing a great deal of information still pertinent and relevant today.

Look for the posting of the Introduction and Chapter One Thursday, January 19 and hopefully every Thursday afterward the next chapters will be posted here on the Bee Smart website.

December 2016 Marked 185 years Since Huber Passed Away

Francois Huber is one of the most notable beekeepers and bee researchers in all of beekeeping history.  His story is amazing.  Born in 1750 he began to go blind at about age 15.

He had a personal assistant named Francois Burnens and was married to Marie Lullin who acted as his proxy eyes in the field.

His most notable accomplishments include his book, “Nouvelles Observations sur les Abeilles” (New Observations Upon Bees” in 1792 with a second volume in 1814.

This past December marked 185 years since he died.  His research and writing however makes him an immortal in the world of modern beekeeping.

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Beekeeping Book Reviews

Welcome to a new feature of the Bee Smart website.  The Bee Smart project is essentially made up of three parts.  There is the Video component which focuses on presentation.  There are the podcasts which focus on articulation.  The third, the website here, is mostly focused on collation.  That is, the collection and arrangement of information in such a way as to be useful.

One of the best uses of the blog section of this website is to bring you information about resources as we come across them.  Reviewing books is an excellent example of just that.  We plan to review new books, old books and all beekeeping books in between.

Keeping in line with the goals of the Bee Smart project, when books are reviewed, we want to judge based on overall usefulness, accuracy of information, and if it’s entertaining or not.

So, there will bee 3 grade areas of 1 to 5 bees for each.  1 beeing worst and 5 being best.  You will see how well each book scores in accuracy and information, interest value and entertainment and practicality or how well a reader can realistically apply or put to use what they get from the book.

In addition, each book will get an overall average of the 3 scoring areas.

In presenting each books, reviews will include notes or specific examples of the things being described to help our website readers see how or why the reviewer came to their conclusions.

We have currently a few people who will bee writing these reviews but we welcome our community members to “apply” as it were to bee a or “the” official book reviewer(s) for the Bee Smart project.

If you want to read beekeeping books and review them here, send a review based on the above described methods for doing reviews to: beesmart@bbe-tech.com.stay tuned, the first review debuts on Thursday, December 29th.

Bee Smart and Bee Handy

The Bee Smart project is an aspect of the BBE-Tech Apiary Services effort to help beekeepers to bee successful.  It is the information branch of the BBE-Tech Apiary Services tree.

While the main BBE-Tech website focuses on the services I provide locally to beekeepers, businesses and residents, the Bee Smart project focuses on getting information disseminated and sharing experiences.

To that end, the Bee Smart project is really two branches in one.  The main branch of course is the weekly podcasts, monthly video program and shared content on the website.

A special branch of that is the “Bee Handy” special focus on not just sharing information and experiences but taking people step-by-step through various hands-on projects and activities.

Beecause, “Thought without action is wasted time and action without thought is wasted effort.”  We most certainly do not want to waste time or effort, so we give you the information to stimulate thought and then we go the extra step and walk you through the steps of actually doing things to inspire you to taking action on those thoughts.

Going forward, you will hear me use the phrase, “Bee Smart and Bee Handy” as the new motto of the Bee Smart project.

There will be podcasts, videos and website content geared specifically to “Bee Handy” How-To’s and step-by-step projects.  Please keep an eye out for “Bee Handy” in the titles of those posts, videos and podcasts.

The Bee Smart Project Video Show

Not only do we have the website and the podcasts getting geared up for our community.  We have a monthly, to start out with anyway, video show that will include great action from our content creator team.

The Bee Smart show will kind of, sort of, bee themed after the “Ask This Old House” show that airs on PBS.  At the same time, it will definitely bee its own thing.

We have brought together a team of beekeepers ranging from brand new hobbyists to experienced professionals and experiences in-beetween.   Each of us bringing a special segment or more tot he show that will focus on something that relates to bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.

I can say that personally, I will be bringing the Bee Smart to visit different people, places and groups having to do with beekeeping.  I will bee visiting various beekeeping clubs and associations to show you what different groups are up to and some of the great people who are members of these groups.

I will also take us “backstage” to different places, businesses and operations having to do with all different aspects of bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.  From the warehouses and stores of beekeeping equipment businesses to university functioning educational apiaries and then off to visit the people who use the products of the hive like beeswax soap and candle makers, people who make honey based products and do things with pollen and propolis.

Other members of the Bee Smart beekeeper team will show you How-To tips and take you along as they explain the activities they are involved in beekeeping.  From building equipment to doing live removals or pollinating fields and anything else we can find a way to bring to you.

We will be doing reviews of technology, products and equipment used in beekeeping.  (we encourage people who would like to see our team members try their products out on the show to send them to us for reviewing.  All items sent in for review will be passed along to contest winners and for special patrons rewards (unless otherwise specified by the sender, but we cannot guarantee return of review items sent in.)

There are so many cool things we want to show to you that it just can’t all bee contained in a few episodes.  We are in this for the long haul and we need your help to make it happen.  We want you as a Patron, to help us provide the best quality and content we are able to.  When you sign up as a Patron of the Bee Smart project, you are helping us have the right equipment, get to the places we need to bee and bee at our best to give you our best each and every episode.

Visit the Bee Smart Patreon page and become a Patron today to help us bee our best so that we can help you to bee your best for years to come.

The weekly Bee Smart podcast

Beginning in January 2017, the Bee Smart weekly podcast will become available for streaming and download on a once per week basis.  That might seem obvious up front but it represents quite a challenge in coordinating schedules and keeping interesting topics each and every time.

The purpose of the weekly podcast is to have an opportunity to share ideas, opinions, experiences and insight from a variety of perspectives.  At the core of the podcast panel there is myself, Big Bear, and Tony G.  In this team up alone we have a different perspectives from an experienced, professional apiarist and a new, just learning beekeeper.

Along the way, we will add guest hosts to the panel other beekeepers of different experience levels and those having a speciality or niche that they tend to focus on.  These are possible to include just about anyone with an interesting story, background or perspective on bees, beekeeping or beekeepers.  It could even be you.

The weekly podcast is expected to be a 15 to 30 minute episode in which the podcast panel will talk about something in general relating to bees, beekeepers and beekeeping or it might put more focus on a special interest of one of the podcast panelists.

We don’t plan to do “interviews” with notable beekeepers as a great many times it can put people “on the spot”.  Instead we will invite notable people involved with bees, beekeepers and beekeeping to sit on the podcast panel as a guest panelist.  This way, if there is something in particular the guest panelist would like to discuss, they have the opportunity without it being a “deer caught in the headlights” experience for them.

For the guest panelist, they are one of us for the time and part of a larger conversation.  Hopefully, this keeps it more relaxing, more fun and more interesting for everyone.

Bee Smart is a multimedia project by BBE-Tech Apiary Services that has the grand objective of being a fun way to continue teaching, learning and sharing experiences by beekeepers and people involved in activities and businesses related to beekeeping for everyone who has an interest in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping.