|Top 10 Reasons to Become an Urban Beekeeper
As a beekeeper and instructor, it is my long-term goal to get as many
people into urban beekeeping as each city can support. Iíve developed a
hard sell that I have taken to pitching at anyone who seems even
remotely interested in hearing it. While having your own brand of honey
is going to be a top reason for most, there are plenty of other selling
points. Beekeeping has, for me, been one of the most fun and engaging
things Iíve ever gotten tangled up in. To that, here are my top 10
reasons to become a beekeeper.
10. You can threaten people you donít like with a handful of bees in the face and they wonít think you are joking.
9. Youíll have even more friends to say hello to on the street... about 40,000 more!
8. You get to be known as the "crazy beekeeper friend" by your peers, which gives you carte blanche to act like a nut.
7. Youíll end up with superior upper body strength from lifting honey supers and carrying them up and down rickety ladders.
6. People will think youíre a total badass when you say "Getting
stung doesnít even hurt anymore" in response to the question "Do you get
stung a lot?"
5. Beeswax! Smear this stuff all over your body and you might just live forever!
4. Propolis and bee pollen! Consume this stuff daily and you might just live forever! (both 4 and 5 are strictly anecdotal coming from me, though apitherapist actually use these substances to heal people and animals!)
3. Beekeepers have lower cancer rates than most other occupations! Cancer sucks. Bees are awesome. íNuff said.
2. Drinking a beer in a lawn chair watching the bees come in at night is pretty much the most relaxing thing ever.
1. As a treatment-free beekeeper, youíll be helping honeybees adapt
via natural selection to the multitude of new disease and environmental
pressures out there! You CAN save the bees, even as a hobbyist!
Obviously, the honey and pollination are tremendous aspects of being a
beekeeper and go without saying. They are the most important, but if
you were unaware of the other perks, now you know!
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