INTERVIEWS & MOVIES
Audio and Movies: Interviews and Talks About Bees
Bees: The Queens of Consciousness Rejane Ereau filmed an exquisite documentary about Jacqueline’s work with honeybees. “Abeilles : Les Reines de la Conscience” was filmed in France, surrounded by natural beauty of Pierre and Nils Aucante’s farm in Sologne.
In English and French.
Are you a fan of THE MOTH? This was produced by Terence Mickey of Memory Motel who is a frequent MOTH speaker. It starts at 6:00 and is the story of How I came to have a deep relationship with bees.
One of my very favorites.
Christ Church Unity in Florida used the book SONG OF INCREASE to create the Experience of the Soul series, four spiritual lessons that encourage us to contemplate and listen to the voice of Spirit as Nature.
The Spirituality of Bees Interviewer is Rev. Cynthia Alice Anderson.
Dominican Republic Beekeeping Jacqueline traveled to the Dominican Republic. The US Embassy and USDA hired Jacqueline to teach rural beekeepers how to go organic and biodynamic. Photos and videos of jungle beekeeping and the centuries old methods they still use. Michael Thiele (GaiaBees.com) came, too.
More niftyness — videos by Paul Wheaton from Permies.com about our Spirit Bee approach. I considered not putting this up here because it makes me blush, but I’m going to look away for a moment while Paul describes what I do here.
“For every class I have ever taken, every farm I have visited — and I have visited a lot — I have never experienced such respect for the animal in question. In this case, the hive. [What she does] goes beyond respect and into a realm of reverence. There is much to learn about being stewards of the land and stewards of animals from this woman. If you are a beginner, you should learn how to care for an animal to this depth FIRST and then start to explore how you can profit as a farmer, without changing the depth of respect.”
This podcast discusses how Joseph & Jacqueline found their farm and the things anyone looking for a homestead should take into consideration to find the right place. They also talk about slug management, ladybugs, bees, bats, 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)
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.
BEE HOUSE protects bees — Paul says, “Jacqueline Freeman of Friendly Haven Rise Farm is my favorite beekeeper. Rather than raising thousands of colonies and focusing on honey production or crop pollination, she raises just a few and focuses on the happiness of the bees. I have visited beekeepers that show respect for the bees, but Jacqueline takes it much farther and shows reverence for the bees. In this video she shows us her bee shelter, or, as she calls it “the bee house”.
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.
Jacqueline did a six hour interview (phew!) with Permaculturist Paul Wheaton from Permies.com. The interview is in four parts. Listen while you’re driving or cleaning your house. We cover just about every bee topic Paul could think of and I had something to say about them all.