Learn the Art of Bee Keeping in Canada

Learn the Art of Bee Keeping in Canada

Learn the Art of Bee Keeping in Canada

Want to Learn the Art of Bee Keeping in Canada? I am looking for help with my honey harvest. We hope to provide a fun place for you to stay. We have a car for you to use after working and also for your off days. We provide your internet, food, bed, coverall veil and gloves. You would need boots and some work clothes and we will let the fun begin. No commitment, if its not for you that is fine, we just want to provide a unique experience in beautiful Canada.

Tasks & Roles

Help Required

Help with my honey harvest. We hope to provide a fun place for you to stay. We have a car for you to use after working and also for your off days.

Hours & Roster

30 hours/week

Living

We provide your internet, food, bed, coverall veil and gloves. You would need boots and some work clothes and we will let the fun begin. No commitment, if its not for you that is fine, we just want to provide a unique experience in beautiful Canada.

Bee Keeping Canada

The complex social organization, the biology and the industrious nature of honeybees (genus Apis) have long fascinated people. This may be why many Canadians become hobbyist beekeepers. With only a few hives to manage, they have time to observe more closely the behaviour of these most interesting and social beneficial insects.

Beekeeping is not restricted to keeping honeybees. In Central and South America, traditional beekeeping, or maliponiculture, for honey has been practised for thousands of years with so-called “stingless” bees (tribe Meliponini). Now beekeeping includes the keeping of other bees for crop pollination. Beekeeping with honeybees, or apiculture, is the art of keeping bees for honey and beeswax and evolved from honey hunting and gathering. European and African cave paintings indicate that people raided wild honeybees’ nests for their sweet bounty at least 15 000 years ago. Egyptian records show that, as early as 3000 BC, bees were provided with domiciles and kept for honey production. Early Greek and Roman writers mention apiculture. The products of the hive were so sought after that the Romans sometimes levied taxes on honey and beeswax.

Many references to bees and honey occur in the Bible and the Qur’an. In other religious practices all over the world, bees and honey are featured as having special places in human affairs. Mayan and Aztec traditions revered honey, bees and their relations with flowers.

Honeybees have been, and still are in some places, kept in clay pots or cylinders, hollow logs, wicker baskets and straw skeps (hives). However, management for honey production was constrained by these methods. Little changed until the mid-19th century, when the Reverend Lorenzo L. Langstroth, in the US, invented the modern movable-frame hive. The basic principle of this hive is the “bee-space” of about 8 mm. Bees naturally leave a bee-space between their combs. They do not fill this space with comb or block it with bee glue (propilis). Langstroth’s insight and invention made it possible to open the hive, examine it and remove honey without destroying the combs. This invention increased honey production and made possible the development of the modern beekeeping industry. Meliponiculture also uses bees in boxes in ways very similar to those used in apiculture, but the nest architecture does not allow for mechanization and the efficiencies of the moveable frame hive.

European settlers, colonizing North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, introduced honeybees from their homelands. The bees did well in the new environments; these areas now have important beekeeping industries. In 2000, 9253 Canadian beekeepers kept about 600 000 honeybee colonies with a total honey production of 53 kilograms per hive.

What Else…

You’ll learn about the honey making process.

Own travel insurance recommended.

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