Tuesday, 12 November 2013
We are delighted that the Beefarmers Association has developed an apprenticeship scheme. It is exactly the sort of programme I would have liked to do when I started as the modules are very varied and cover lots of aspects. It is still shocking that 85% of honey
eaten in Britain is imported despite the growing public interest in honey and beekeeping. We are keen to bring on the next generation of beekeepers who are equipped to deal with the complex issues facing both pollinators and food producers but ultimately to produce top quality honey for people to enjoy. We love our job and think an apprentice will too.
More information on what the three year training will cover is below, information on pay will be disclosed on request. The apprenticeship leads to a City and Guilds level 3 or higher. You must be between 16-24 to apply.
The apprenticeship scheme has been developed with the support of Defra and the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers.
So what will BFA apprentices study?
• introduction to beekeeping
• anatomy and dissection
• integrated pest management
• pollen and nutrition
• botany and forage sources
• queen rearing and stock improvement
• seasonal management
• processing hive products
• bottling and presentation
• equipment cleansing and recovery
• carpentry including basic woodworking skills
• setting up a business
• business structures
• the competitive environment
• the industry worldwide
• first aid
• health and safety
• food hygiene.
There will be 46 weeks practical work with the company both in the warehouse and with the bees. There may be opportunities to work on different bee farms throughout the country and visit different bee farming set-ups to gain a variety of experience. There may be some experience abroad as well.
We're ready to give gifts. I know it still seems a bit early to talk Christmas but if you get the presents sorted early then you can sit by the fire and drink mulled wine and eat mince pies. We've already started on the stollen as the work tea break accompaniment of choice.
If you'd prefer to put together your own gift box then we can take orders over the phone and can send out gift vouchers for our April beekeeping course, they go nicely as part of a box.
Wednesday, 6 November 2013
We have teamed up with Leach Pottery to produce these delightful beeswax candles, which have the Leach Pottery stamp on the base. Once finished, the pots can be used as egg cups - fantastic recycling and are a geat collectors item.
The pots are hand thrown by Roelof Uys and the team at the pottery in St Ives. A bit of history: founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is amongst the most respected and influential studio potteries in the world. He trained as a potter in Japan 1910-20, something which I feel can be sensed through their distinctive style of the pottery. Bernard Leach's pottery can be found in the collections of the Tate and the V&A, galleries which we have great affection for, such was his significance in 20th century art.
We are delighted to collaborate with the pottery which is still based in St Ives, Cornwall, as it has been over the last hundred years.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Great excitement broke out at bee HQ today as the funding level for Steve and Alys' book tipped over from 99% to 100%! Alys swiftly turned up on her bike with a bottle of champagne and a little celebration ensued. We've ended the day on 107% funding which is amazing.
You can still support the book and get in on the action at www.unbound.co.uk
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Look what we've received in the post! The South Korean translation of Steve's first book: The Urban Beekeeper - A Year of Bees in the City. Just thought we'd share it with you. We'd love to hear from any South Korean customers, what do you think of the translation?
Thursday, 17 October 2013
Thank you to everyone who has supported the book so far:
Emma Leaf-Grimshaw Adam Gill Rebecca Falvey Ciaran Walsh
Stephen Cooke Louise Curley Samuel Becker Jonathan Sheppard Niamh McCabe Lawrence T
Doyle Jane Mackenzie Fintan Ryan limeweed Xander Cansell
Daniel Spokes Fiona Reece Rebecca Morton Isobel Frankish Dan Kieran
The Constant Gardener Saira Horner Shannon McConnell Linda Verstraten A gift recipient
Tanya Weaver Amanda Molden Guy Parker Duncan Baird Jayne Robinson Annabel Wardrop
Robert Masding Muna Reyal Angela McCann Susan O'Donnell Alice Watanabe Sally Kent
Thomas Godfrey Sara Watkin Clare Savage Catherine Daly Jennifer King Wayne Farrell
Phil Chandler Terence Marmot Lauren & Mark Giannullo Ian Larkin
Rob Amour Jan Fuscoe Marc Gellatly Scarlett Nunn Joanna Gradwell
Hedvig Murray Jackie Wales Steve Hartley Tony Gleeson Helena Dove
Elizabeth Woodhead Judith Dennison Viki Beaney Jos J.W. Mol
Bonnie James Jennifer Sebesta Lindy Neave Emma Probst
Aideen & Denis Jones AILEEN GERAGHTY David Burgess Rob Kolosky Emma Loisel
dan heaver john benbow tamar feast Nikki Vane ian callaghan Lisa Rodgers patricia michelson
Bill Fitzmaurice Nick Harbour Megan Ashfield Barbara Urbanic Penny Arrowood
Nick Bingham Birgit Kehrer Mandana Ruane Lynn Shouls Stephanie Wells Catherine Mason
Jennifer Ball Ruth Siwinski Davy Mitchell Robert Cooper
Julius Domoney Kathryn and Martin Palfrey Christoph Sander
Anna Egger Louise Cooke Lucy Hall Andrew Hearse Nikki Harris David Mottershead
Karen McIlveen Jennifer McMullan Christine Herne Desiree Cuatt Jasmin Ford
Lorraine and Arthur Warman Carolyn Nisbet Maisie Poo Gareth Buchaillard-Davies
Elizabeth (Liz) Ware Elizabeth (Liz) Ware Adele Ray Wendy Johnson Beth Tilston
Sue Kaye Enid Robinson Susie King Sue Robinson Margarete Robinson Jeremy Paige
Jimmy Leach amanda carr Georgina Baker Simon Rankin
Simon Rankin Jane Perrone Juliet Rayment Lorraine Perry Neil Clowes
Joanne Haywood Judy Earl Bob Young Belinda Marks Alistair Parker Alistair Parker
Clive Stevenson daphne astor Chuck Whelon Julie Baker Alexandra Wood
Alexandra Wood Virginia Rankin A gift recipient Jonathan Fowler
Nancy Morris Martin Brown David Shaw Beth Harrison Nik Veselyevich Demented
William Hackett-Jones Karen Twible Rosamund Parnell John Annett Paul Geary
Torsie Webb Faith McCord George Chelton Dianne Lowry A gift recipient
Ian & Susan Lacey Mark O'Neill Mark McKellier Sarah Mather karen tanguy
Benny Declerck jeff willans L-J O'Neill Charlie Winton juliet roberts
Deborah Colella Amy Shelton Honeyscribe Wendy Pillar
Rebecca Doyle Lucy Holmes Sam Lomas Nick Moyle James Mann
Mark Ridsdill Smith Ming de Nasty Helen Parkins Thierry Gerber Meredith Andrew
Ian Grainger sue fielding Rachel Topps Sarah Coomer Matthew Caton
Kristin Bathurst Helen Kindness Laura Wall Alison Levey PHIL GATLEY Carl & Debs Legge
Juliet Shield al dean Elizabeth Fowler evilgordon Caitlin Harvey Agnes Ferwerda
Sui Kee Searle Andrea Burden Katherine Baldock Clive and Margaret Turner
Paul Debois Glenda Nielsen Monika Bulsiewicz Petra Hoyer Millar Rachel Gray
Kole Morgan lynn Keddie Sue Beesley Mark Jago Mike Perry Hannah Schlotter
Steven Scott Rennison Michelle Molloy Pamela Gatrell intoGardens James Alexander-Sinclair
Sierra McLeod Tony Dymond Jane Powers Lady Muck STEPHEN READ
Susan Lanfear Cally Smart James Clarkson Snow Erin Power Sam Newell
Steve Benbow Wendy Lord Simon Suter Meg Roper Claire Simpson
Emma Cooper Jon Knight John Mitchinson Maxine Davies Justin Pollard