Re: No Veil Demos are Bad for Recruiting.
I entered into this hobby with a great fear of bees. I don't like getting stung and really it was the thought not the pain that I was afraid of. I think now it is better to portray the honeybee as a docile insect rather than one that is out to get you. Because of the experience with my bees I have opened up hives with no protection showing other people that are deathly afraid of bees that they are not the evil insects that they have been portrayed as. I tell each and every person that we should not do this but I can assure you that their fear is diminished by what they experience. So am I crazy? Maybe, but I don't feel that a beekeeper who feels comfortable with his bees is crazy if they don't suit up for every visit. Maybe in the future my views will change with a bad experience but for now...
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping