Good thread Michael.
I have to say, however, your timing is way off. This is excellent "cabin fever" material. You're a couple months early.
To everything there is a season....
Is a good post Michael, My Grandfathers people, Seneca, always taught us to dream our life and then live in that dream. Then things make sense as to what belongs and what does not. You certainly accomplish more if you dream big. When someone had a good life we would always tell them you dream well! Michael, you dream well!
I understand completely, Michael. Great subject.
When we opened our current restaurant 10 years ago I had a whole new kitchen crew who had never worked with me. As I set up the systems.......How to heat and cool the food safely so we didn't get anyone sick(never have!).....How to set up the walk-in, raw veggies closest to the door, raw meat in back on the bottom shelf, dairy on the top shelf...........that sort of thing. How to set up the line, the prep area, the cleaning schedule, on and on.
I got a lot of "Why". A lot of questions. Finally, in exasperation I told them, "Do the things I tell you, the way I tell you, and this kitchen will run smoothly. You'll see, give it a chance."
At first it was chaos, it took all my will power to push, cajole, intimidate my staff to do things my way. I culled the people who would not cooperate and promoted the folks who "Bought in".
You know what? Now the kitchen runs like a sewing machine. Smooth! We win "Best of..." awards every year.
So I understand your ideas in my own way. Beekeeping is not about blind belief, but it is about believing in a system that will work. And that belief helps you weather the inevitable mistakes, bad winters, EFB, all the challenges of beekeeping. Belief enables perseverance. Perseverance keeps you going so you learn the lessons you need. Those lessons translate into a skill. That skill eventually gives you success.
But if you don't trust yourself and have passion you will not succeed.
LMAO Where is the push buttons and toggle switches?
Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping
This isn't a dig at anyone. I completely agree with Michael Bush on this. Almost anything worth doing requires a certain degree of commitment if there is any hope of it working out. It's hard to commit to something you don't really believe in. Of course no amt of faith or commitment will make the impossible work - but it can make the improbable work on occasion.
He also tells me that he doesn't get paid for the work he does, he gets paid because he can solve problems.
On my 5th year with bees, 2 hives.
I am pessimistic in what I am thinking.
But optimistic in what I am doing.
I believe you can make the GoPro video camera (that you already bought) work, so we can see the wonder-bees.
Just be firm in your belief.
Michael, I agree with your belief that mite tolarant treatment free bees are possible. I believe that they exist. And as people like you select from the successful survivors, we are impacting the speed of the treatment free evolution. But its very difficult to keep VSH in an apairy, especially for a hobbist.
And thats where I think you do a disservice to the newbees. You convince them that they dont need to monitor, or treat for mites. This is simply not fair to them, they are not seeking the magic solution, all they want is bees that make the winter and provide a few extra bucket of honey to eat or sell. Your mission to evangilize the hobby community is the part I take issue with.
MB, I was being a little sarcastic and making a joke, I interpreted your message loud and clear. I work very hard at my beekeeping, anyone who knows me or that I've helped know this. Albeit, sometimes I don't have the time to really get the bees in the shape they need to be, but that's the reality of working full time in Ag Research and having 3 young children. My end goal is to produce TF bees that stand up to the rigors of different locations and are genetically stable. I have no inclinations of it being an easy task but I believe I can do it or at least make good progress trying.
What one can conceive, one can build!
This is the given innate power of our creativity.
Everything follow a known principle call the universal truth.
If Langstroth did not experiment and invent then we will not
know the secret of the Langs hives today.
So what have you tweeked to improve on your apiary situation?
* The jar cell queen method. Thanks, KC!
* The stationary oav gadget. Thanks, Barry!
* The no drill, 3-way mating nuc method. Thanks, beepro!
* The universal non-graft frame queen rearing method (goes with the jar cell queen method.)
* The universal stationary oav gadget--V3 (all can make them.)
If JR concentrate all his expensive mite fighting queens and drones in the
same isolated apiary then something should give. The secret is in the drones.
If he raise a grandson then the next generation will take over since the current one doesn't like his bees.
If I control the mites this winter then my apiary will grow next Spring.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?
A pessimist who did not want to become a soldier, who failed at farming, who kept getting promoted up in rank, who won the Civil War, and became President. While he did not believe in much, let alone himself, he did do a lot of things right. People genuinely loved him. Even his enemies respected him. He changed history.
Eisenhower knew this, but he was not going to say it.
Incidentally, optimism probably killed Pickett and his boys, but it could also be traced to very poor intel.
If only I intuitively knew when to believe, when to doubt, when to have a blank mind (and when to shut up, and when to strike first, etc.)...I might have learned more much earlier in life, and accomplished more. I am still training myself in this.
The difference seems to be the rate at which we learn.
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When a person is venturing into the unknown I dont think it wise to entertain only positive ideas. Always have a rain day plan and an escape route. I dont feel these notions indicate less than 100% commitment.
Now if you are trying to gather recruits for a risky undertaking then by all means minimize the risks and guarantee a happy and certain outcome. Some will think this is entrapment but it is common practice. That is probably what Sharpdog sees.