If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you might have noticed we’re a bit bonkers about bees. We’re sure we don’t need to tell you why – bees are awesome for so many reasons, the least of which is the honey they produce.
Did you know that without bees our food supply would be reduced by two thirds? That’s a crazy amount. Do you like apples? Almonds? What about pumpkin? Avocados? Carrots? All of these and more would disappear without our little bee friends pollinating our plants. And our bees are in serious trouble, disappearing and dying off in huge numbers around the world.
It has always been our goal that Confetti be a vehicle for us to live a more sustainable and conscious life and we love sharing these little lessons and journeys with our readers – it is this sharing that keeps us inspired to continue growing.
It’s hard to remember the exact chain of events that led my partner (Stew) and I to take up bee keeping. I think it was a natural progression after having chickens and an ever expanding veggie garden. Our initial interest in bees came from what the bee could produce – delicious honey – and also the help they would offer our garden in pollinating our fruit and veggies so we could enjoy better yields.
We’ve had a hive for 10 months and the process has taken us on an unexpected journey filled with a huge environmental education. Since learning about bees we feel more connected to our local environment, the seasons and weather conditions and we have discovered a growing gratitude and appreciation for what the planet can provide. I often feel a little overwhelmed when I understand the strong connection between EVERYTHING! The more we’ve learned, the more responsible we feel for the trees we plant in our garden and the products we buy for both the garden and household.
I never could have guessed a few years ago I’d have a bee hive! Whenever we tell people we have a bee hive there is a mix of intrigue and ‘you guys are crazy’ looks! Plus of course the inevitable jokes about my name being ‘Honey’ and producing honey – yeah, yeah, I get it!! I think deciding to live a more sustainable life eventually leads to being a bit crazy, but a good crazy!
Is bee keeping for everyone? Probably not… but I think most people would be surprised how much they’d enjoy the process and of course what’s not to love about the end result – golden sweet amber! Bee keeping takes us about 6 hours per month to maintain and harvest the hive and has probably cost around $1,100 to set up. The cost includes the hive box, hive (queen and bees), honey spinner (how you harvest the honey out of the frames), suits and general equipment.
If you interested in keeping bees my advice is to contact a local bee club or someone you know who has bees and attend a few ‘honey harvests’ so you can see how the process works. If you’re still keen then ask someone from the club to help you setup the hive, they are usually all too happy to help!
I’ve really fallen in love with bees and I’m in awe of their systems and processes. Keeping bees has also given Stew and I a shared interest and weekend ritual to do together which has been a bonus.
I hope you feel as inspired as the Confetti team do about the ‘honey bee’ and share this information with as many people as you can – the more we all share and connect the better chance our bees and our planet have. Read the full article here (subscriber only) and learn what you can do right now to help save the bees here.