How you can make your own bee farm just like Beyoncé
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Beyoncé is said to have chosen a new hobby during the pandemic: beekeeping. (Is there anything more appropriate than Queen Bey herself dealing with the bees? Members of the Beyhive, rejoice!)
The superstar opened up about starting his bee farm in a recent and rare interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, in which she recounts how she began to learn about honey and CBD during the lockdown. “I have found healing properties in honey which are beneficial for me and my children,” the star said. Harper’s Bazaar, “And now I’m building a hemp and honey farm. I even have beehives on my roof!
Want to know how to build your own honey bee farm like Beyoncé? We definitely do, so we asked Samantha Foxx to Mother’s Finest Urban Family Farm for tips on how to get started. Foxx started his farm a few years ago to improve his family’s life in the most holistic way possible. “It was an amazing experience, and my seven year old son, Kingston, is my favorite little helper,” she says. Beautiful House. “He became more aware of taking care of the environment and learned about the importance of bees in our food chain. ”
How to start the buzz
When it comes to starting a beekeeping farm, Foxx says it’s crucial that you have a plan — and
that you stick to it. “Write down what you plan to do with your space. Start where you are; don’t feel like you need hundreds of acres to create a successful farm or operation, ”she says. “I started out with just flowerpots on my porch and have continued to grow, learn and plan each year. For beginners, she recommends starting with just two hives.
Another pro tip: learn beforehand about the anatomy of bees to better understand their nature and behavior. (The best time to prepare, Foxx notes, is during the cooler months, so you’re good to go in the spring.)
The first thing you should buy? A beehive to house the bees, of course. “Some places have kits you can buy that will include everything you need to start an apiary,” notes Foxx. Then invest in protective gear, including a smoker, gloves, and a veil. Finally, buy a honey extractor, which you will need later. “For the first year, you don’t take out your honey, because it’s reserved for the bees’ food reserves,” she explains.
On the benefits of growing a beekeeping farm
Starting a bee farm is not only a fun hobby, but also good for the planet Earth. “The benefits of setting up an apiary are to take care of the bees and help increase the pollinator population,” says Foxx. The pollinator population plays a huge role in the food production system, and without it growing some food crops would be almost impossible. Foxx also notes that the added benefits of having a honey farm relate to the healing nature of honey, which can help relieve allergies, fight infections, and speed healing.
Encourage others to start their own farm
“I have so many people contacting me who are inspired by my trip, and they’ve started gardening, beekeeping and getting involved in supporting beekeepers,” says Foxx. As a woman of color, she is happy that her presence has inspired other people of color to go out to start a farm. “I encourage others to join me and start their own personal journey, [and] I believe more and more [members of the POC community] will in the future. ”
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