Part of the Good Life is to never stop learning. Learning a new skill, or physical exercise,or activities like crossword puzzle or Sudoku, keeps the brain young. At this stage we don’t have much time for mind games, but exercise and especially learning new skills, are vital.
We were taught, ” You learn one (by watching and listening), you DO one, then you Teach one.” So very early on in this new journey of ours, of bee-farming, we have started a mentoring program.
We felt that skills training in South-Africa is much needed. Something as practical as bee-farming is best grasped in a mentoring environment. The theory is taught among the many hours driving out to move hives, or harvesting, or removing unwanted swarms. The practical work is learned side by side with Marius. He also delegate some of the tasks, and then oversee it. The ethical side of bee-farming is imparted, not only taught, because we know how important “example” is.
Currently, we have 5 people in the mentoring program, ranging in age from 15 to 29. Three men and two ladies, spanning 3 different cultures and diverse backgrounds. It is very rewarding to see them learn, grow and change.
Yes, some of the work is dangerous, so we are currently working on an indemnity form. We also have Celestamine in the truck, and on sight, in case someone suddenly has a bad reaction to bee sting. It does happen, occasionally, although they work in full bee suits. Sometimes the little creatures find and open patch of juicy ankle or wrist skin. Bee removal can also be dangerous. Two weeks ago, Marius and one of the young people went to the Chrissiesmeer NG church to remove a swarm. It was quite high up, next to the belfry. It involved scaffolding and harnesses. It is therefor important that we do the mentoring responsibly.
We are really excited and glad for the opportunities that this program can open up. One of the students in the mentoring program, has already acquired five hives of his own.
Requirements to work with us, is available: Just e mail us, and we can explain how we work and the administrative details.