Episodes

November 29, 2021

EpiPen Pricing Scandal & Natural Beekeeping with Ross Conrad (S4, E24)

Joining us is Bee Culture contributor and author, Ross Conrad. Ross is a commercial beekeeper in Vermont. He runs a small commercial operation running about 100 colonies and all are treatment free. He makes honey, does a bit of pollination and does a...

November 22, 2021

Bee Smart Designs with Cliff Struhl (S4, E23)

In this episode, we invite Cliff Struhl on the show to talk about his company, Bee Smart Designs. Cliff actually got his start in manufacturing beekeeping equipment because his wife didn’t want cinder blocks and 2x4’s as hive stands in her very...

November 15, 2021

2021 Good Food Awards Honey Finalists (S4, E22)

Last year, we talked with The Good Food Foundation about their annual honey contest . This year, we bring you four of the 15 finalists to talk about their entries and their beekeeping operation. Winners will be announced the week of the episode’s...

November 08, 2021

The All Important Almond Season with Dr. Brittney Goodrich (S4, E21)

We welcome back Dr. Brittney Goodrich, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis. Brittney joined us originally on October 5, 2020 to talk about her research on the importance of . Today, she joins us to discuss...

November 01, 2021

Return of the Regional Beekeepers - Fall 2021 (S4, E20)

For this episode, we invite back our regular regional beekeepers to sit down with us and discuss how their season went, what surprises they had, what worked, what didn’t and what they were planning for in 2022. In their discussions with each other,...

October 25, 2021

AŽ Hives with Jonna Sanders (S4, E19)

In this episode, we talk with Jonna Sanders about AŽ hives (NA Beekeepers say “AZ”. We learn today that it correctly pronounced “AH-shah”. Jonna is a lifelong AŽ Hive beekeeper and sells AŽ hives in the US. Today we talk with her in depth...

October 18, 2021

Beewise and Bee Hive Automation with CEO Saar Safar (S4, E18)

Imagine a completely automated beekeeping operation. Well, BeeWise has created the Bee Home, housing 24 colonies that is a solar powered, insulated, and completely automated for every beekeeping management task. Saar Safar, our guest today, was...

October 11, 2021

Swarm Essentials with Stephen Repasky (S4, E17)

In this episode, we talk with Steve Repasky about his book, Swarm Essentials, published by WicWas Press in 2014. Steve is in the middle of updating his book and we found him ready to talk about swarming in general, and what’s new in the world of...

October 04, 2021

Seaweed, HiveAlive and Honey Bees with Dara Scott (S4, E16)

Today, we talk with Dara Scott of Advanced Science out of Galway, Ireland, makers of HiveAlive. Off the west coast of Ireland grows a variety of see borne plants, commonly called sea weeds, that have evolved defenses against their biotic pests that...

September 27, 2021

Good Nutrition, Good Bees with David Aston (S4, E15)

This week we talk with researcher and author, David Aston about his book, Good Nutrition, Good Bees. It’s exciting to see how much information on honey bee nutrition is becoming available. This is happening as both new research and looking at...

September 20, 2021

Seasonal Pollens and Nutrition Research with Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman (S4, E14)

Today we talk with Dr. Gloria DeGrandi-Hoffman. Gloria is the Research Leader at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona. Gloria and the researchers there are involved in several projects, but today we talked to her about just two that...

September 13, 2021

HBHC Part 3 - Pete Berthelsen, Habitat & Forage (S4, E13)

Today, we pick up on the third installment of our exploration of the Honey Bee Health Coalition’s programs as we talk with Pete Berthelsen. Pete runs the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Fund, a non-profit organization working to improve the habitat for...

September 06, 2021

Beemmunity with James Web & Nathan Reid (S4, E12)

What on earth is a microsponge? And what do beekeepers do with them? In this episode, we talk with James Webb, CEO, and Nate Reid, Operations Manager at Beemmunity Labs on the exciting research and product development underway. They fill us in on a...

August 30, 2021

Life and Times of Bee Culture Editor, Jerry Hayes (S4, E11)

Jerry Hayes’ journey to become the current Editor of makes him uniquely qualified to lead the A.I. Root Company’s 149-year-old Magazine for Beekeepers. He started as a high school teacher in Georgia, but soon found that was not what he wanted to...

August 23, 2021

Beekeeping and ABJ with Editor Eugene Makovec (S4, E10)

Eugene Makovec has been Editor of the for only a short time and isn’t well known in the Beekeeping world.  He is working to change that. He grew up helping his father keep the family’s bees, so has a good background in the craft. He spent...

August 16, 2021

HiveTracks' Beekeeper's Companion with James Wilkes (S4, E9)

On today’s episode, we welcome back friend of the podcast, James Wilkes, beekeeper, professor and Founder of HiveTracks. HiveTracks continues to evolve and grow from the ‘simple’ 2008 technology platform focused on recordkeeping for the...

August 09, 2021

Bee City USA with Xerces' Molly Martin & City of Olympia's Amy Stull (S4, E8)

In this episode we talk first with Molly Martin, the coordinator of Bee City USA, and Bee Campus USA, both supported by the Xerces Society. The Xerces Society is as Pro Pollinator as any group can get, there’s no doubt about that. Of course, our...

August 02, 2021

Nectar Technologies - Max Cherney & Dr. Rae Olsson (S4, E7)

Max Cherney is Director of Operations at Nectar Technologies and Dr. Rae Olson is a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University. Together they work with Precision Beekeeping in Quebec, Canada developing a data driven app for commercial...

July 26, 2021

Ross Rounds & More with Ben & Kimberly Carpenter (S4, E6)

In this episode, we talk with Ben and Kimberly Carpenter of Hungry Bear Farms, current owners of Ross Rounds Honey Supers and Sundance Pollen Traps. Ross Rounds Honey Supers were created by Tom Ross several years ago, then the business was purchased...

July 19, 2021

Dr. Gene Kritsky on Honey Bees and Cicadas (S4, E5)

In this episode we talk with Dr. Gene Kritsky, who has authored or edited 10 books and over 250 papers on subjects as diverse as entomology, Egyptology, evolution, history of science, dinosaur biology, insect poetry and insect mythology. The Tears of...

July 12, 2021

Honey Bee Health Coalition: Part 2 - Pests and Predators (S4, E4)

We continue this week exploring the work of the Honey Bee Health Coalition we started on the March 29th, . The HBHC has several goals, tasks and programs it is pursuing and the one we are exploring today, with Dr. Dewey Caron, Representing the Western...

July 05, 2021

2020-2021 Annual Colony Loss Report with Bee Informed Partnership (S4, E3)

Dr. Geoffrey Williams and Dr. Nathalie Steinhauer join us in this episode to discuss the just released survey of colony losses between April 1, 2020 and April 1, 2021 conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, BIP. The numbers are not getting better...

June 28, 2021

"Work I Knew I Must" - with Tammy Horn Potter (S4, E2)

Returning to join us in this episode is Tammy Horn Potter. (She originally visited us back in Season 2!) Not only is Tammy the State Apiary Inspector for Kentucky, but she is also an accomplished author. She has just finished her fourth book entitled,...