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LOL, so this guy thinks that bees will evolve to not need any treatments any more due to developing genetic resistance, but also researching bee genetics and raising bees like VSH and ankle-biters is bad? Wut?
 

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When have you seen a messiah without a money angle? maybe it is just my negativity. My bad.
 

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He was moderator of the TF forum here on Beesource for a while. I thought it got a bit messy at times. I cant remember how that all played out.
 

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I love my fellow beekeepers here in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
I also love that certain ones of them keep their bees hundreds of miles from mine.......
 

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doing some big speaking gigs, I assume it was paying better then his beekeeping.
I have never understood how the guy survives.

When he was an engineering student he already owned a house and an electric car, despite never having earned. Had other toys like an expensive motorbike, etc. Once graduated he got a job which fell through after a few months, and then another job which also fell through in a few months. Those 2 jobs are the only real money he has ever made, and are also why he had to move twice, and then again afterwards. He then started a business moving shipping containers to properties that wanted one, moved 2 or 3, then that fell over.

Beekeeping has likely cost more than it's made him, and other than that, speaking engagements and holding his hand out for donations.

His real life secret, which I wish I knew, is how to live seemingly rather well, on no money, and no work. :cool:
 

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you missed the stint as a "full time beekeeper"
He then started a business moving shipping containers to properties that wanted one, moved 2 or 3, then that fell over.
then he got up on a ladder, and that fell over :lookout: sorry had to... I realy hope he is better now, I don't wish a broken back on anyone.

Nothing wrong with being a "kept man" and working the homefront, not too proud to say there was a point in time I had to step back profenicaly to handle family matters as it had to be done and the wife's income was larger... In fact I am there again do to the lockdown... wife has work "from home" and I don't expect the entertainment industry to come back before july (theamparks, concerts, touring Broadway, large corporate conventions, etc) and when it does its going to be a trickle till Sept, So I am now daycare/home school/domestic chores.
 

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This was in 2016, if you are wanting to be a TF beekeeper, makes sense to me to not buy treated bees?
It does make sense to buy TF bees if available ( in 2016). It is, and was not, a sin to buy a commercial bee. How wise is a different story. It is the fervor of many background echos of many posts that are a bit of a giggle.
 

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Nothing wrong with being a "kept man" and working the homefront.
Oh that's the secret. I must have married the wrong woman :cool:.

As you can tell she never read Beesource. ;)
 

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C''mon guys, he is not all bad. After all , he is the one that annointed me with the "Crazy" title.


Crazy Roland
 

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Good old Solomon.

I still think the video of his visit to Dee Lusby's yards are among the classics.

Hey, my goal is always going to be treatment free. I've just learned enough to know that 'the Bond method' isn't the way to get there. It's odd that the identity of the treatment free approach is one of 'the kindler/gentler/earth-friendly', when what defines it is the allowing of livestock to carry a human-induced parasitic condition until death or the expression of an inherent resistance - all the while, under the additional demands of providing honey and/or bees to the caregiver. Then there's the 'breeding' which is often supposedly taking place, while the beekeeper often has less than 50 hives, no I.I., open mating in an area surrounded by other bees and beekeepers - with death as the only real selector. Pretty cold approach if you think about it.

And I have thought about it. I know these things because I've been one of these well-meaning individuals and since learned enough to realize how ridiculous that is.

Treatment free remains my goal, as it is, I'm sure for most of you. I have come to believe that commercial beekeepers are the ones most likely to get us there, as they have all the bees.

That's why I became a commercial beekeeper.

Adam
 

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Wow that's quite a journey you have had Adam, I can remember when you were a treatment free newby with (I think), some top bar hives?

You have certainly covered the whole spectrum!
 

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Adam wrote::::

"I have come to believe that commercial beekeepers are the ones most likely to get us there, as they have all the bees."

Similiar to my statement that earned me the title. I claimed only commercial beekeepers would be "Treatment free" due to large capitol investments.

Crazy Roland
 
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