I find it fascinating to view beekeeping practices throughout the world
The above video is a clip about Kenyan beekeepers.
Facing angry bees: Bravery makes the man…
A few weeks ago, I received an email from a reader wondering if there were any “Black beekeepers”. Perhaps they thought to ask me since I’m obviously not “White.” Also, I have been talking about acquiring my own bees? Well, I don’t know all the “Black folks” on the planet, but I was able to tell my reader that my father and others in his neighborhood collected wild honey from a tree located in the nearby woods. Additionally as a child, he knew someone who kept bees, and yes they were Black.
That email brought about an interesting discussion between us, they chatted about the low representation of minorities and beekeeping here in the USA. I know there are “Black beekeepers” and other minorities out there, but I have no idea how large that group would be.
I can speculate that some of them are put off by the beekeeping literature that shows pictures of a predominately White/Caucasian community, and chose to forgo beekeeping events. Also, not everyone likes attending those sorts of things. I’m used to standing out in the crowd and don’t hesitate to attend any event that interests me regardless if I’m the only one of my race being represented. Sometimes I wonder how many others are willing to attend events where they might be in the minority?