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Informative, hilarious, stingingly honest, and honey-sweet, BEE PEOPLE AND THE BUGS THEY LOVE is one man’s journey from bee-curious to Master Beekeeper, and how a childhood fascination of the industrious bee led the author to become a seasoned, certified master responsible for the productive survival of his own backyard hives.
Bumbling along from hobbyist to expert, Frank Mortimer –
aka “Frank the Bee Man” – learns the hard way about the frequently misunderstood, always rewarding pastime of cultivating bees, attending to and growing their colonies, and aiding them in honey production.
BEE PEOPLE swarms with buzzy facts about the seeming peculiarities of beekeepers by relating his own transformation and introducing you to his fellow beekeepers. Bees require commitment, practice, attention, and following the advice of more experienced beekeepers – which many “new-bees” fail to do.
As he takes his obsession to the next level on his way to becoming a certified Bee Person, Mortimer’s world quickly expands. His affinity for bees naturally extends to what blooms
in his backyard, how bees communicate (watch their waggling bee butts),
and following the unbreakable rules of beekeeping, gleaned over millennia.
There are quirks and perks to belonging to your local and international community of Bee People. At its core, beekeeping is about caring for other bee-ings. And it’s a big hive: bee people come from all walks of life and experiences, gathering in garden centers, libraries, coffee shops, and backyards in service to the healthy survival of the honeybee.
Beekeeping is connected to so many other related interests that the bee community is itself as complex as a hive, as interconnected and varied as types of bees are in relation to the natural world. In order to help them thrive and multiply, it requires an understanding of their profound impact on our environment.
Like Mortimer, you may one day be masterful enough to be asked to start an apiary at a local church – or observe a honey extraction procedure in a fledging Bee Person’s driveway that goes so wrong the local police are summoned (and stung).
BEE PEOPLE serves to inspire a new generation of bee-curious to learn more about the buzzy craft of beekeeping, while seasoned bee people will immediately recognize themselves, welts and all.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Frank Mortimer is an adjunct instructor at the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Program, Vice President of the New Jersey State Beekeepers Association, and a Certified Master Beekeeper. His articles can be found in the widely circulated Bee Culture Magazine, the magazine for American beekeepers.
As president of the Northeast NJ Beekeepers Association—a position he has held since 2011—he has grown his club’s membership; aligned the Northeast NJ Beekeepers with Ramapo College; and founded the “Honey Cup,” an annual honey tasting competition.
Frank has promoted beekeeping throughout the Northeast with 140+ speaking engagements delivered to the non-beekeeping general public – from schools to gardening clubs to civic organizations. He has led beekeeping seminars across New Jersey and at The New York Botanical Garden.
Mortimer has successfully campaigned for his hometown of Ridgewood to become New Jersey’s first “Bee City USA.”
Learn more at www.beepeoplethebook.com