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Seven good reasons to become a beekeeper

Being a beekeeper today is not always easy. In this article, I go over the reasons that lead me to this hobby. I recognize that it is not always easy, but the joys that flow from it far outweigh the difficulties encountered. I want to share these reasons with you.

Passion for bees

To start beekeeping is to engage in a very addicting hobby. You live it full time. One of the characteristics of beekeeping is having to act at the right time. It is not you who decides, but the colony and nature.

By opening a beehive, you discover a wonderful world in which the miracles of nature unfold before your eyes, at your fingertips. Discovering a new queen, creating a colony, the hatching of a bee, tasting its honey are moments of pure happiness.

Learning beekeeping also means discovering the wonderful solutions that nature has invented. The queen's nuptial flight on this subject is a pure marvel.

I cannot speak of beekeeping without evoking the smells of the hive, a mixture of honey and propolis that no one forgets. Recently I was speaking with a person whose grandfather was a beekeeper. The first memory this person brought up was the scent of the hive when it opened. If you get the chance, don't miss this sensation.

Learning beekeeping is knowing techniques but it is also experience. To successfully conduct your colonies, a good dose of common sense combined with reflection is essential. There are sometimes difficult moments, even discouragement but in the end so much satisfaction especially if you practice beekeeping with others. A lot comes from the exchange.

Harvest honey

Bees produce honey and beekeepers harvest it. Honey is a marvelous product for its sweetness and its so diverse scents. Without beekeepers, you would only find store-bought honeys of often diverse origins. The best rub shoulders with the less good. Some imported industrial honeys have honey only in name.

To have the assurance of tasting real and quality honey, the best solution is to buy it from a beekeeper installed in a healthy environment.

You will discover honeys that change according to the seasons and the blooms. With each flowering, its aroma, its sweetness or its strength. The colors of the honeys are also diverse; from clear rapeseed honey to dark chestnut honey. It's up to you to choose the one you like. Honey is only one of the products of the beehive.

Help nature

Bees can no longer survive in the wild. Twenty or thirty years ago, an abandoned beehive could live for several years without intervention. There were also swarms that had taken refuge in tree trunks and thrived there.

Today, unfortunately, this is no longer possible for various reasons. This makes beekeeping and therefore beekeepers indispensable. The role of the beekeeper is to keep the bees in the wild. This is essential for all the benefits that the colonies bring there: pollination, bio-diversity, fruit and vegetable production...

See nature differently

As a beekeeper, your outlook on nature will change. First you will be attentive to the blooms, you will notice their advance or their delay depending on the year. Beekeeping is not learned in books but in the field. Very often, nature tells us when it is necessary to carry out an operation in the hives and as such the blooms are indicators of very great qualities.

You will also be attentive to your environment, to its diversity which is so important for bees. Arable crop regions with their share of systemic fertilizers but also a lack of diversity are botanical deserts for our bees.

Meet enthusiasts

To be a beekeeper is to meet other enthusiasts like you, other beekeepers. These are very rich encounters with people from all social backgrounds and all professions. Young people are enthusiastic and have ideas. The elders have experience and their advice is respected.

Promote pollination

Without bees, pollination would be greatly reduced. Much of the fruit production would disappear. Many vegetables would be produced in less quantity and would be of lower quality.

In China, following the desertification of pollinators in some regions, fruit trees are pollinated by hand with a brush. You imagine the return. Is this what we want for our vegetable gardens and orchards?

Helping biodiversity

Bees are an essential part of biodiversity. Without pollinating insects, pollination would be reduced by 90%. As a result, many flower species would disappear. And in turn, the wildlife that depends on it would be endangered in turn. It's a vicious circle.

Systemic fertilizers and pesticides have already done enough damage that we are giving nature a helping hand.

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