Seldom Fools Apiculture and the Sustainable Revolution

Beekeepers Greg Hounsell and Gord Campbell, of Seldom Fools Apiculture are certainly no fools in our eyes. Their unconventional approach to sustainable beekeeping makes a lot of sense at a time when bees of all types are showing signs of stress and declining populations.

So what’s their approach?

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“We came to beekeeping with no preconceived notions about what to expect or how to do things. Before we knew it, we had a plan and had ordered our first bees. What we didn’t know was that we were doing something that can’t be done: we weren’t using standard hives, we didn’t have smokers and we weren’t giving our bees the standard treatment regimen of medications and chemicals.

The funny part is that you really don’t need any of those things. Conventional beekeepers, including all of our local association, are completely baffled by us. By all the conventional wisdom, we should have been wiped out before our second season. We weren’t. In fact, we came through the first winter with zero losses. Even the hive that we expected to lose came through with flying colours.”

Besides the more typical aspects of their operation such as pollination services and hive products, Greg and Gord are enthusiastic advocates for the bees and educating kids about sustainable beekeeping practices.

It’s obvious the guys have a great sense of humour as well as an unconventional beekeeping operation – they’ve come up with two of our favourite beekeeper t-shirts.

You don’t REALLY have to be crazy to be a beekeeper – but sure helps!

 
 
 
 
Note: Images are printed on the back of the T-shirt and a small Seldom Fools Apiculture logo is on the front.
 
 
 
 
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