Audio files of interviews and other items of honeybee interest.

 

Interview with Christ Church Unity in Florida discussing The Spirituality of Bees in the Experience of the Soul Series. Interviewer is Rev. Cynthia Alice Anderson.

 

This podcast discusses how Joseph & Jacqueline found their farm and the things anyone looking for a homestead should take into consideration during the process of finding a suitable location. They also talk about slug management, ladybugs, beesbats, woodchip compost, persistent herbicides, pesticides, permaculture, biodynamics, cow manure, cow taming, hens and roosters, visitors dogs, livestock guardians, cats on the farm, and voles. (Interviewer: Paul Wheaton of Permies.com)

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Reverence for Bees

Paul Wheaton (permies.com) interviews Jacqueline about her love for all animals on her farm and the interactions with them on a daily basis throughout all aspects of animal husbandry. Discussion of chemical-induced harm to bees from pesticides, problems of monocultures and migratory beekeeping, natural selection, wild bee populations and natural balance, and the benefits of biodiversity.

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Book Review Podcast

This podcast has a lot to say about raising honeybees without treatments of any kind. References to many stories in the book that show interesting relationships between bees, their tasks, growth, food, reproduction, stress and defense, including stories about how bees live their lives and respond to the sounds and activities of the entire hive from the time they are a larva all the way until they make their final pollen collection trip at the end of their lives. Jacqueline spends an enormous of time watching, hearing and understanding the bees. Also quite stunning: there is no such thing as “fair”. Bees contribute to the colony for the entire span of their lives and the colony will take as much as they can get as a collective, with no concern for the individual.

They talk about the different roles that bees play, such as taking care of brood, defending the gates to the hive, collecting food and capping cells. They all have the ability to do many jobs so whatever is of the highest importance, that’s what they will do. Later in the podcast, they talk about how bees determine which plants are best to harvest from and how they go about performing tasks such as fermentation to increase the value of the foods they collect throughout the season.  Along with this they also go in depth about how honeybees have methods and tactics for stabilizing their colony in times of stress or uncertainty. 

Jocelyn really enjoyed the book and found it to be amazing in many ways. Paul had an idea that if Jacqueline decided to rework the book, he thought that maybe a religion would form around the book. Jocelyn found that statement rather odd, but Paul said “the book is that profound and wonderful” that some folks might find it quite useful in guided them in their own lives. The book is about gratitude for thousands of right actions. This is what leads to a happy healthy colony that is able to split and spread it’s awesomeness to new places in the environment.