The Contrary Beekeepers Show

The Trials and Tribulations of 3 beginning beekeepers from Ohio.

About the show

Join us as we journey into beekeeping while we learn to be the change, one hive at a time.

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Episodes

  • 15. Busy Lives, Neglected Hives

    October 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 37 mins

    Life gets busy. Sometimes our bees aren't the highest priority and get neglected as a result. Swarming, absconding, drowning, cross combing, devoured by small hive beetle...the list goes on and on. Join us for an honest Fall update from 3 different Ohio beekeepers.

  • 14. Winter Is Coming

    August 31st, 2019  |  48 mins 56 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, dan bokros, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, flat woods bee farm, greg burns, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, james blask, mark smith, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Golden Rod is coming on and the season is starting to feel like it's coming to a close. Greg and Dan discuss box configurations, bucket feeders, late splits and getting ready for winter.

  • 13. Spring Update, Summer Goals

    July 9th, 2019  |  51 mins 47 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, dan bokros, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, flat woods bee farm, greg burns, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, james blask, mark smith, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Join us for the spring update show as we discuss coming out of the winter, spring growth and summer goals.

  • 12. Greg & Dan's EXCELLENT Adventure

    May 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 57 mins
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, dan bokros, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, flat woods bee farm, greg burns, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, james blask, mark smith, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Join on us for a road trip thru 9 states and 4 trucks to deliver 1 MILLION Fat Bee Man Bees! It was a heckuva ride with tales of woe, BBQ and a broken down Chevrolet...it's a mighty hard living but a damn good feeling to run these roads.

  • 11. Chemical Free with Mark Smith

    May 16th, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, flatwoods bee farm, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, mark smith, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Today we're talking with Contrary Beekeeper, Mark Smith of Flatwoods Bee Farm in Locust, NC. Mark has a unique approach to beekeeping that transcends commonly misunderstood disciplines. We dig deep with open and honest conversation and even go down a rabbit hole or two.

  • 10. Hive Basics-The Life Cycle Of the Honey Bee

    April 19th, 2019  |  23 mins 8 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Today we're talking about The Life Cycle Of The Honey Bee!!

  • 9. The Hive Mind with Shawn Brown

    March 7th, 2019  |  42 mins 50 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Today were joined by Shawn Brown. Shawn is a family man, farmer and orchardist. Shawn has a unique connection with the bees and has had many hard lessons learned over the years. As his management methods have evolved, his relationship with the bees has blossomed into something beautifully beyond words...understood only by those who share in his passion.

  • 8. Making Beekeeping Great Again with Jim Collins

    February 20th, 2019  |  59 mins 36 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Jim Collins is a Contrary beekeeper who follows his heart on his beekeeping journey. Jim has experimented with non-conventional methods of beekeeping and shares his experience in this episode.

  • 7. Treatment Free & My Dead Bees

    January 16th, 2019  |  44 mins
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    TREAT OR NOT TO TREAT? Some lessons are learned the hard way. Join us for a prior conversation where we question our pest management practice and talk about our experience with Treatment Free Beekeeping.

  • 6. Winter Update & Bees For Sale

    December 13th, 2018  |  44 mins 36 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading, fat bee man, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, permaculture, regenerative agriculture

    Today we're talking about what we did to get our hives ready for winter. BIG NEWS!! BEES FOR SALE!!

  • 5. Hive Basics-Hive Equipment & Tools

    September 29th, 2018  |  53 mins 59 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading permaculture, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, regenerative agriculture

    Today we're talking about:
    -Hive Equipment
    -Tools

  • 4. Mid Summer Update, Checking & Treating for Mites

    August 12th, 2018  |  38 mins 6 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading permaculture, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, regenerative agriculture

    Today were talking about:
    -Checking and Treating for Mites
    -Mid Summer Beeyard Update

  • 3. Fear, Splits & Don The Fat Bee Man

    July 12th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading permaculture, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, regenerative agriculture

    Today we are talking about...
    -Facing our fears
    -Making splits to grow the bee yard
    -The importance of finding a mentor
    -Visit to see Don The Fat Bee Man

  • 2. Hive Basics-Installing Packages & Nucs

    June 12th, 2018  |  43 mins 41 secs
    beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading permaculture, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, regenerative agriculture

    Today we are talking about Hive Basics...
    -How we install Packages and Nucs
    -How we get the bees off to a good start

  • 1. Beeyard Setup, Management & Goals

    May 11th, 2018  |  51 mins 5 secs
    apiary, beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading permaculture, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, regenerative agriculture

    Today we're talking about...
    -Our bee yard setups
    -What kind of bees we keep
    -Type of hives we run

  • 0. The Intro Show

    April 12th, 2018  |  11 mins 15 secs
    apiary, beekeepers, beekeeping, beeks, bees, beginning beekeeping, entomology, farmsteading permaculture, homesteading, honey bees, honeybees, ohio, regenerative agriculture

    Join us as we journey into beekeeping...while we learn to Bee The Change...one hive at a time...
    Today we're talking about:
    -Why we put this show together
    -What our goals are for the show
    -What it means to be a Contrary Beekeeper