Growing up, my family always bought honey produced by a university in Belgium that was doing research on pollinators. This planted a seed of curiosity in my brain, and together with becoming aware of the crucial role bees and other pollinators play in our ecosystems and food systems, I decided to look for opportunities to learn more about pollinators and beekeeping. Shortly after moving to Sweden to start my Master's degree in sustainability science, I checked whether there were any opportunities to learn beekeeping. I found that the few available options were inconveniently located far from the city, rigid and formal in approach and methods, and very expensive. Together with two classmates, I decided to make beekeeping and knowledge about pollinators more accessible to everyone. Starting with nothing but interest and enthusiasm, we set up the community beekeeping project, Bee the Change Lund.
As a Bee The Change group you will:
Learn basic beekeeping skills such as how to take care of a bee colony and harvest honey
Learn about importance of bees and other pollinators as well as the issues they face
Meet new people - our groups are open to all members of the community
Collaborate with an experienced beekeeper to facilitate learning
No previous knowledge of beekeeping needed
Create a micro-enterprise by selling honey to help cover costs
Host side events to raise awareness in your community and make/sell products with related materials (e.g. wax, to make bees wax wraps)
How to get involved
The course take 2 hours per week for 8 weeks. Checking the hives and maintaining them is a weekly responsibility to keep the health of the queen and her hive - approx 1 hour per week. Harvest time happens X times a year and depending on the number of hives etc. will take Y hours to harvest and jar the honey.