Saturday, November 5, 2011

Skep Beekeeping in the Heathland, Lower Saxony

Any beekeeper simply must watch these videos.  They present a fantastic view of how beekeeping was done in skeps.  Surely it did not start out this well managed, like today's beekeeping, this video demonstrates the result of centuries of beekeeping and management based on tradition and innovation.

See for yourself how this type of beekeeping shaped our current understanding of beekeeping.  See how things are done more or less the same, and completely different.  Notice how many more products of the hive this operation produces than just honey.

It thought it was interesting that they use wax essentially as a savings account as it's really the only product that can be stored indefinitely without diminishing in quality.

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