Re: Is Beekeeping broke?
Thanks Sergey. That explains a lot.
Originally Posted by cerezha
To your last set of points, partially true and true w/ you to of course. But, I do see what goes on in other peoples outfits, working w/ a few otyher commercial beekeepers. Also knowing a number of small scale beekeepers who have been coming to our new bee club. I keep my eyes and ears open on beesource andf other venues, such as the two major national bee magazines.
I agree about the Thread Title, but we later found out it was about Joe's apiary and his experiences. Not exclusively, but quite a bit.
Well, calling it a monster is your word, not mine. My point was that we will not keep bees into extinction. Tell Michael Palmer that his production is not an indication of success. His success comes from his work and knowledge of how to keep bees. His crops are amongst the largest in the State of NY and VT both. I dare say his pocket book is probably healthy also.
If you did not make a sizeable amount of money as a Scientist how would you measure your success as a Scientist? I know money isn't everything and not the only indicator, but it is a means of measure.
As a beekeeper I do know when something is wrong/broken in my apiary and when I was an Inspector in other peoples apiaries. If you are speaking about the industry as a whole being broken, to a certain degree it is in a sense. But there have always been trials to overcome. What's the alternative?
Correct me if I am wrong, but you have two hives and have had them for two years or so? When you were in College, studying what you did, did you look at what you were being taught and tell the instructors and the Scientists w/ many years of experience that thbey were doing it wrong? How did that go?
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." Henry David Thoreau, Mark B