September 2, 2014

Voices from the Hive – David Israel

David Israel

David Israel

Brunswick [Cumberland County]
Beekeeper Since: Whole life, kinda…see below
Hives: 4 rural hives & 2 growing suburban nucs
Day Job: Communications at Bowdoin

Beginnings: My father was a beekeeper, so I have always been around bees. We even had an observation hive in the dining room growing up. It was only a couple of years ago that I got my own — when my father-in-law’s CSA farm (finsonfarm.com) had a dearth of pollinators and I figured I could run a couple of hives by myself.

Lesson(s) Learned: Patience. You really can’t rush mother nature or expect bee supply catalogues to deliver when you want them to.

Goals: Trying to get some things accomplished by serving on the board of the Maine State Beekeepers Association with regards to effective communication and spreading the responsibility and ability of our 400-plus members to contribute information to the Association (the web is a marvelous thing). I also hope to be able to help a couple of others along, as many members of my local clubs have helped me (special shout-out to Erin MacGregor-Forbes).

View: I have yet to let the rest of the world in on the secret that beekeeping isn’t really that scary — if they found out, it might not seem that cool or dangerous.

Style: I am working on learning to take the long view.

Bees: I consider my bees to be both livestock and pets.

My Skill Level: Newbee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Master Beekeeper

 

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