All Episodes

Return of the Regional Beekeepers - Winter Perspectives (S3, E34)

Jan. 18, 2021

In this episode of Beekeeping Today Podcast, we reconnect with our beekeeping friends from Season 2, Episode 29. They come from across the country including Central North Carolina, North East Ohio, the western slope of the Rocky Mountains and the West...

The Importance of Propolis and More with Dr. Marla Spivak (S3, E33)

Jan. 11, 2021

Marla Spivak is a honey bee researcher at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her work has covered a variety of subjects over the years including queen breeding and disease prevention and lately she has been working on the relationship of...

Two Queen Honey Production with Tom Theobald (S3, E32)

Jan. 4, 2021

In this episode, we welcome back Colorado beekeeper, . Tom had a small commercial operation in Colorado in the late 70’s, running up to 200 or so colonies when he first started using two queen colonies. The biology of running two queens in a colony...

Holiday Replay: Dr. Sam Ramsey & The Varroa Mite (S3, E31)

Dec. 28, 2020

On this special Holiday Replay, we bring back one of our favorite episodes from the first season, when we invited Dr. Sam Ramsey to the podcast to talk about the Varroa Mite. Sam Ramsey is a life long entomologist. His interests in all things insects...

Newfoundland's Varroa Action Plan with Dr. David Peck and Peter Armitage (S3, E30)

Dec. 21, 2020

On today’s episode, we talk with Newfoundland beekeeper, Peter Armitage and Dr. David Peck, a Professor from Cornell University, David Peck.  Those of us south of the Canadian border tend to mispronounce the name of that big Island off the east...

Honey Testing - QSI America with Tobias Wiezorek (S3, E29)

Dec. 14, 2020

is a Germany based company that is in the business of testing honey for anything. Their US lab in Corona, California is led by Tobias Wiezorek, and employs about 35 scientists looking at the biochemical, microbiology, chemical and pollen aspects...

Santa Cruz Bee Company's Emily Bondor with Kirsten (S3, E28)

Dec. 7, 2020

In this week’s episode, guest host Kirsten Traynor speaks with Emily Bondor of the Santa Cruz Bee Co about how she manages her colonies and those of other beekeepers without chemical intervention. Emily discuss the types of losses beekeepers should...

Interviews with Beekeepers, Author Steve Donohoe (S3, E27)

Nov. 30, 2020

Starting several years ago, Steve Donohoe wanted to find out more about beekeepers and how they kept bees. His travels took him to California, where he talked to Randy Oliver and Ray Olivarez, to Vermont to talk to Mike Palmer, then back the UK to...

Ernst Seed Company - Calvin Ernst with Kirsten (S3, E26)

Nov. 23, 2020

Protecting pollinators and improving the habitat for honey bees often entails planting nectar and pollen rich plants. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Calvin Ernst, founder of , who has been deeply involved with growing native plants for over 50...

Bananas for Bees with Katharina Davitt (S3, E25)

Nov. 16, 2020

In this episode, Master Beekeeper, Katharina Davitt reveals the nutritional benefits honey bees derive from bananas. Yes, you read that correctly, bananas! We all know that bananas are good for people. They are full of carbs, minerals, vitamins, are...

Oregon Fires - Sharon Schmidt with Kirsten (S3, E24)

Nov. 9, 2020

This autumn wildfires cut through large swaths of Oregon, destroying towns, homes and habitat. In this episode, Kirsten talks with Sharon Schmidt, founder of Cascade Girl Apiary, who lost her home and apiary in Phoenix, Oregon. Sharon was visiting a...

"Show Me The Honey" with Dave Doroghy (S3, E23)

Nov. 2, 2020

Dave Doroghy works in the worlds of advertising and sports marketing and lives on a house boat on the Frasier River in southern British Columbia near Vancouver. His discovery of beekeeping wasn’t the common story of being swept off his feet with...

Organic Beekeeping and Importing Manuka: Madhu Honey with Kirsten (S3, E22)

Oct. 26, 2020

In this episode, Kirsten sits down with Matthew Pettersson of , who fell into beekeeping after a chance encounter with a giant jar of honey in a New York City apartment. Fascinated by honey bees and the golden honey they create, he ended up working...

American Honey Tasting Society with Marina & Raffaele (S3, E21)

Oct. 19, 2020

Marina Marchese is the President of the American Honey Tasting Society. She refined her learning and teaching skills in Italy and Raffaele Dall'Olio was one of her teachers. Today we discuss with them all of the aspects of honey tasting – the basics...

Comb Building & More: Michael Smith, Ph.D with Kirsten (S3, E20)

Oct. 12, 2020

In this week’s episode, guest cohost, Kirsten Traynor, editor of , talks with Michael Smith, Ph.D. Michael grew up in Panama, then went to boarding school in Wales, where he chanced upon a beekeeper with honey in a hallway. Together the two ended up...

Almond Contracts: An Economist's Analysis with Brittney Goodrich, Ph.D (S3, E19)

Oct. 5, 2020

In this episode, we invited Dr. Brittney Goodrich to discuss what her research has found in almond pollination contracts.  Brittney is a Cooperative Extension Specialist at the University of California, Davis. She is an Agricultural Economist and...

The Ambeessadors with Steve Rogenstein and Kirsten (S3, E18)

Sept. 28, 2020

If you’re interested in starting a honey festival in your city, you have to speak with Steve Rogenstein who founded the . A former event manager, he fell in love with bees and has used his unique skills to organize honey festivals in both New York...

Dewey Caron - "The Complete Bee Handbook" & More (S3, E17)

Sept. 21, 2020

Dr. Dewey M. Caron’s latest book, The Complete Bee Handbook is quite the book. Not a scientific text, not a how-to beekeeping book, but one that’s meant for all those folks who think they might want to keep bees, but don’t know what’s...