What do a nun, a machinist and a dairy maid all have in common?
They are all in my Beekeeping class.
Last night was week five.
One more week to go.
The atmosphere in the classroom last night was electric. Thirty five people from all walks of life, ranging in age from twelve to seventy-five. At least 50% of the class are women.
We talked about motivation for going into bee keeping again. Discovered motives were as varied as the people there.
Our instructor told us, this will be his 26th year managing bees… just about everything you can do wrong, he’s done.
When he started out, he didn’t have anyone to mentor him. He did know of one other guy, but that person refused to return his phone calls.
To sit under a master, who is willing to share his wisdom, now that is a gift.
I mentioned on Facebook last week, we were moving in the direction of getting honeybees, and I had eight different people tell me they wanted to buy honey when it was ready….
Eight sales, and I don’t even have any bees yet. 🙂
I think I’ve discovered an itch.
Did you know, that large-scale honey producers can cut their honey by as much as 30% and still call it “Pure”?
Something is wrong with that picture.
We also touched briefly on the topic of “organic honey.” Well, that is also a murky topic. A beekeeper has no control of where his honeybees will forage, (lawns sprayed with insecticides, etc. are all fair game. A honey bee will travel three miles (or more) in search of pollen and nectar, so according to our instructor, there is just one honey producer in the Dakota’s who is legitimately certified “organic” because of the several square miles of ground they own…everybody else is pulling your leg…no matter what they say. (Next time you’re in the store, study the labels on the honey jar and get back to me with what you find out)
I crave integrity. It is such a precious commodity. While I am far from perfect, I work really hard at being a man of my word. Two weeks ago, I sold one of my harvest tables to a lady on the East coast. After a few e-mails back and forth, we talked on the phone. She was amazed I didn’t want a deposit up front, said it was a delight to deal with someone she felt she could trust. I told her I had not been burnt yet, and that’s how I prefer to run my business.
Yes, on the larger projects I do have written contracts, it’s better for both parties to get as much as possible clearly spelled out and in writing.
Now how in the world, did I get from talking about beekeeping to cultivating trust in relationships?
The common thread is trust, and integrity. 😉
(Which is still alive and well, here in the Hinterlands.)
Check out that post on the Hinterlands if you have a second…I wrote it a couple three years ago, for my farm blog.
So, tell me, how about you,….are there still pockets of trust and integrity where you live? Give me an example. Tell me a story. I love stories.
Thanks in advance! DM