BEE CONNECTED

We hope to release this programme once funding is secured

Veterans are finding relief for anxiety, depression, and PTSD-related symptoms in an unlikely place: Beehives we are looking to source funding for a monthly club for the service community, we are already overwhelmed with responses to our survey in 2020 from veterans and first responders.

 

We hope to get the programme going in 2021

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There are many advantages to beekeeping.  Foremost to persons with disabilities, is the advantage of choosing equipment that best suits your ability to work hives (lifting and moving).  Beekeeping is primarily a solo or small group occupation and is not normally something that is done in large crowds, congested areas or noisy locations.

Working bees requires that you be conscious and “in the moment”.  Honey bees will quickly remind someone who has drifted mentally to other thoughts or stressors in a progressive manner, starting with a change in the sound of the hive, progressing to bumping the beekeeper and buzzing around their heads prior to attempting to sting.   Working the hives can be very relaxing, as can sitting and watching the bees come and go.

Harvesting honey from your bees can also provide some income as can raising bees for sale to the beekeeping community.  The amount of income is proportional to the level of work put into keeping the bees and the number of hives maintained.  It is possible to start with a couple of hives and work up to hundreds over time or to stay with just a couple.

Veteran Bee Keeping 1919

American based Bees4Vets says: Beekeeping can be helpful for those suffering from PTSD and/or TBI as it teaches “mindfulness” or “staying in the moment”.  Beekeeping has been known to be a good vocation or hobby for disabled veterans since at least the end of World War I and was published in

 

Opportunity Monograph, Vocational Rehabilitation Services No 37 Bee Keeping April 1919

 

Bee Keeping 1919: To the Disabled Soldier
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BEES & FLOWERS

There is so much to learn about Bees here are some:

Benefits of Bees

Perfect Bee have a whole page of the benefits of Bees and what they do, read more at the link below

Bee Keeping

Beekeeping is something that can be for anyone…young or old. How to get Children involved in Bee Keeping

Gardening

Flowers provide bees with nectar and pollen, which worker bees collect to feed their entire colonies. Bees provide flowers with the means to reproduce, by spreading pollen from flower to flower in a process called pollination. Without pollination, plants cannot create seeds

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