B is for… Beekeeper!
Did you know that beekeeping can be either a job or a hobby? While many people keep bees just for fun, there are also professional beekeepers who work with commercial organizations to provide honey to you and me.
Hilary Kearney is one of these full-time beekeepers, and the owner of Girl Next Door Honey, which takes an unusual approach to making honey locally. As she explains on her website:
“Girl Next Door Honey is more than just raw and local, it’s made in backyard hives—maybe even your neighbor’s yard! That’s the concept behind Girl Next Door Honey. We integrate bees into the local ecosystem through a network of backyard hives instead of lumping them together on some distant apiary. The bees live as they naturally would and their benefits reach more people.”
Basically, if you’re interested in becoming a beekeeper in San Diego, you should talk to Hilary! She offers monthly beekeeping classes, to get locals interested in the hobby, and helps people set up hives in their own backyards. She can also come and rid your backyard of invasive bees, if necessary, and will match any pest removal’s quote in order to re-home your bees rather than killing them.
How cool is that?
If you’ve ever wondered how to learn more about bees and their important work of pollination, and you live in San Diego, you can contact Hilary or join the San Diego Beekeeping Society, which also has a Meetup group with 1,633 members (as of April 3, 2017).
For those not living in San Diego, check out some of my Further Reading articles below to learn more about the exciting world of bees and beekeeping!
- Beekeeping Like A Girl – Hilary Kearney’s blog
- Beginning Beekeeping (American Beekeeping Federation)
- How to Start Beekeeping (Parker Farms, 6 February 2014)
- Starting a Small Beekeeping Operation (UCCE, March/April 1994)
- So, you want to be a commercial beekeeper (UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 11 January 2012)
Related Films, Featuring Bees & Beekeepers
- Bee People (2014)
- The Beekeeper (2014)
- Bryson Captures Wild Bees and Harvests Honey for the 1st Time! (2016)
- Mr. Holmes (2015)
- The Secret Life of Bees (2008)
- Vanishing of the Bees (2009)
- The Wonders (2015)
Other Bodacious Jobs That Start With B
- Balloon Operator
- Bicycle Repair Person
- Bonsai Cultivator
- Bookmobile Driver
- Braille Bookmaker
- Broadcast Journalist
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