About Me and the Bees

What can I say? I love bees. If someone told me a year ago that I would be keeping bees, I would have thought they were crazy. Well here I am, raising bees, making beeswax candles and promoting education and welfare for our fuzzy friends.

You might have heard that bees are not doing so well these days. That they are disappearing and dying off. It’s true. There is a very serious thing happening all over the planet.  It’s the wake up call for the world. It’s time we all took a really close look at how we are treating the one thing that nurtures us and allows us to live with her and on her  – Mother Earth.

The honeybees are telling us loud and clear, that it’s high time we changed our ways and get back to living in sync with Nature, not against her.

Our survival is dependent on the honeybee’s survival. This is no joke or an exaggeration. They die – we die. It’s as simple as that.

Honeybees are responsible for ONE THIRD of all our food on the planet. Not only are they super pollinators, but honeybees also provide a very needed elixir for us – honey. The amazing, medicinal properties of honey are just beginning to be talked about again. In the past, many people knew about the magical,  healing properties of honey.  Honeybees  naturally create products that are crucial to their health as well as ours, except royal jelly. DO NOT BUY OR USE ROYAL JELLY PLEASE!!! The value of royal jelly to humans does not constitute the way it’s harvested. There is no humane way of harvesting royal jelly and the queens are being raised and killed by the millions to appease our vanity. There are many other natural products that are grown sustainably that do the same or better job as royal jelly.

I believe these hard-working little animals deserve our utmost respect and care. So next time you come across a little honeybee buzzing around doing her important work, don’t be afraid, send her your love. She deserves it.

To help the honeybee, you can plant some flowers, fruits and vegetables in your yard.  NO PESTICIDES PLEASE!

To find an extensive list of pollinator-friendly plants go to:

http://www.themelissagarden.com/plants.html

http://www.sonomabees.org/plants/index.html

randybees

I’m holding a frame of live honeybees. They are really very gentle when they don’t feel threatened.

Please check out my website –

http://thanknature.com/Home_Page.html

6 Responses to About Me and the Bees

  1. Debra Sinclair says:

    I’m not real familiar with the honeybee, however I’ve been learning of their valuable benefits to our health. Is Bee Pollen a form of honey? A friend gave me a bar of your soap as a gift for eczema relief. I’m delighted to find it’s helping relieve the eczema on the palms of my hands. Thank you!

    • randysue says:

      Hi Debra,
      Bee Pollen is not a from of honey. Pollen is the powdery stuff in flowers that the bees collect and pollinate the plants while doing so. Honey is actually nectar that the bees suck from the plants, add some of their own enzymes and let ferment in the cells. Then it turns into honey.

      Find a LOCAL honey to buy. It’s better to eat than pollen. Honey works better within the human system while pollen does not break down completely so it’s not as complete a food for us as honey.

      I am pleased the soap works for you too!

      If you want to know a little more about bees, I will doing a free introductory beekeeping class at the Seed Bank in Petaluma on Friday Aug. 19, 7pm-8pm.

      Thanks for writing!
      Randy

  2. Gayle n Wanda says:

    Hi Randy Sue, I bought your DVD and I’m very excited to try your way of beekeeping. We live 1000′ up in the hills of Cazadero about 5 miles inland from Fort Ross. So can be hot up here in the summer and the winters can be fierce with lovely breaks of warmth in Jan and Feb. Just never know. And then there’s the rain that averages anywhere from 60″ to 90″ in a year. Our first hive, that we purchased last April, sadly didn’t make it through the winter. I suspect overcrowding, poor ventilation and they may have swarmed. But after watching your DVD we’re eager to try again and have a package of Italian bees coming from Beekind on April 15th. My question is, do you have an opinion on how to attach the queen box to the 3 sided frame? The old hive left a couple frames of honey. Would it be good to include this in the new hive? Once again thank you for your very informative well done DVD.
    Sincerely
    Gayle n Wanda

    • randysue says:

      Packages take a little different handling so you’ll have to adjust one frame to accommodate the queen cage. I never use packages so I don’t know the protocol of how they say to attach the cage but whatever that is, do it with that frame. Doug Vincent at Beekind can also give you expert advice on how to install your package. Are there no local bees up there? No swarms to collect?

      Good luck and thanks for the kudos! Much appreciated!

    • randysue says:

      Sorry it took so long to reply. I just realized it’s my old email address which no longer exists!

  3. Kat says:

    Thank u for pioneering the ending of enslavement of bees!!! Keep it up! The raping and enslavement of mother nature is all invasive of our entire global culture and all pioneers on all fronts r making a big difference!
    Kat

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