Albert Einstein famously said,

If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.´ This, for the human race, means we have a huge challenge ahead.

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Beekeeper

our passion in beekeeping- More about ben & Phill

During the summer of 1998, on a family friend’s organic farm within Ben’s neighbourhood, he found his passion in beekeeping. His adventurous spirit and love for beekeeping brought him to the wide-brown land and then, unknowingly into the arms of his wife. Ben and his wife Amanda now share their days with their four children, building their lives together and building bee-box, after bee-box, after bee-box.

Phill is a father of two, husband to Kristen and a beekeeper with a passion. He became interested in bees many years ago, with intrigue and curiosity driving his love of these tiny creatures. Their ability to play such a vital role in the pollination of our foods, crops and flowers is what keeps Phill passionate about maintaining their survival.

starting out small

Together, Ben and Phill’s mission is to develop sustainable and eco-friendly beekeeping methods that not only provide honey and keep the bees thriving, but support farming practices to yield higher crops. They pride themselves on starting out small, both as family run-businesses, who have merged together- working together to continue their passion. In order to do this, it is important to work together- just as the bees do.

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Bees are incredibly intelligent and social creatures

Bees are incredibly intelligent and social creatures, each relying on one another within the colony to survive. The queen of course, relies on the workers to be fed and clean her, the workers rely on each other for warmth, direction and protection. The drones need food and, without others feeding them, they would not survive. So you see, by working together, they sustain and protect their species, just as we should be doing.

And this is where you come in!

Queen and Honey are putting you in charge of the bees- pollination around your door step, flowers within your garden, reducing your use of pesticides and (you’ll see why shortly) buying honey. But how could this help?

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honey dripping

We’ve already heard you questioning…

Every jar of honey Ben and Phill sell, gives them more resources, more knowledge, and more ability to grow, producing more hives and thus providing more pollinators to continue the growth of the food that ultimately ends up on your table.

did you know?

Do you believe in a producer to consumer connection? Did you know that the bees who made your honey have also pollinated between 450 000 and 3 000 000 flowers per jar? How cool to think that these flowers, and of course the honey you eat, are from your community. That beats foreign ‘honey’ any day of the week.

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From humble beginnings

From humble beginnings, to big dreams of helping the globe, the crew at Queen and Honey urge you to get on board. Ben and Phill will continue to get the stings (roughly 100 per day) if you get on board with them! Buy local, support local business, so Queen and Honey can continue to support farmers and support you. Our planet relies on it.

 

Ben Hinkelmann and Phill Roberts