And The Florida Beeman
I’ve just returned from a quick visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. While there, I thought of Sam Comfort, a beekeeper I met while living at Boynton Beach. Back then, Sam invited me out for lunch. He’s a young beekeeper with a real passion for natural beekeeping. And he was a breath of fresh air after a rather unusual encounter with the local bee club.
Sam’s foot-loose and he follows his beekeeping passion where ever it takes him. I was fortunate enough to spend a little time with him while living in Florida.What a neat guy.
Barry Birkey, the Beesource guy and I spent a little time with Sam while he was rearing queens for a large, commercial east coast migratory beekeeper. You can read about it and see a few photos here.
Sam has a commercial beekeeping background, so he understands what American beekeeping is and how it got there. He switched to a natural approach and has never looked back. Sam writes:
WHY THE HONEY BEE IS DECLINING
To put the qualms of anthropomorphizing aside, the short answer (for the folks making chit chat): Bees are fed up with the way we treat the dirt and not gonna take it anymore! They are pissed!
That’s his short answer. For his long answer and some great natural beekeeping videos, check out his website. It’s a great place to see what’s happening with the northeast’s natural beekeeping scene.