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Hive Mind: Harder to Kill Radio S2E6

The hive mind is a type of collective intelligence.

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Honeybees are fascinating creatures, and my love of beekeeping really comes out in this episode.

I’ll share the story of how I got started with beekeeping plus its challenges and marvels…

…and we’ll use the super-organism status of honeybees to gain some insight into our collective behavior as humans.

In today’s modern world, are we functioning from a standpoint of altruism, community, and shared common good?

Or have we taken the pursuit of individualism too far?

And what lessons can we learn from the bees?

In this episode of Harder to Kill Radio, my cohost / husband Craig Zielinski and I explore the answers to these important questions and more.

And if you’ve ever been curious about beekeeping or how you can support your local pollinators, this show has some great insight. I’ve also listed out some of my favorite resources in the links section below.

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Photo: Our worker bees tending to the brood this past summer.

In This Episode of Harder to Kill Radio, We Cover:

  • how we got started with beekeeping.
  • the trials, tribulations, and joys beekeeping has brought us.
  • how honeybees act as a super-organism.
  • why straying from our human nature of altruism has dire consequences.
  • what we can learn from blue zones.
  • …and a lot more.

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4 Responses

  1. JUST IN TIME. Im moving to San Diego area (Chula Vista) next month from a small town in Oregon where I have a small flock of chickens and raised beds. I been wanting to learn about beekeeping for a while, I started following Hillary on Instagram. i’m not sure of the city requirements, I’ll be renting a townhome and coming from a rural area the HOA regulations seems ridiculous hahaha, but if I can’t keep bees I’m gonna put hundreds of pots with PURPLE organic flowers for them. Thank you for this episode Steph.

    1. Hey Cecy…I looked up CV’s ordinances for you:

      6.04.100 Beekeeping permitted when.Share
      It is unlawful for any owner or occupant to allow, permit or maintain stands or hives of bees in or upon the owner’s or occupant’s premises if the premises are within 600 feet of any building used for residential purposes in the City; provided, however, that nothing contained in this section shall be deemed or construed to prohibit the keeping of bees:

      A. In a hive or box located in a schoolhouse or museum for the purpose of study or observation;

      B. In a hive or box located and kept within a physician’s office or laboratory for medical research, medical treatment or scientific purposes;

      C. In a hive or box located on residential property for scientific research or study purposes, when maintained in such a manner as to prevent a nuisance or annoyance to surrounding property owners. (Ord. 3226 § 1, 2012; Ord. 1030 § 1, 1966; prior code § 4.11.3).!/ChulaVista06/ChulaVista0604.html#6.04.100

      Sounds like you need 600 feet of clearance…not impossible but could be an issue especially with the townhome / rental agency situation. Our landlords are cool with it but we rent a house, not a townhome.

      Hope you can work something out, and if not, lots of potted flowers would be a huge help!

  2. Have you looked into nnEMFs and the effect on bees? Pretty interesting (scary) stuff. I believe when 5G rolls out we are going to see even more problems with our bee population. Thanks for this update on your beekeeping adventures. My uncle was a beekeeper for most of his life and he had very few issues with his hives (this would have been in the 70s, 80s, early 90s). Totally different ballgame in 2017 unfortunately.

    1. Hey Jill…not specifically though I don’t doubt EMF can have a detrimental affect on bees.

      We’re going to keep trying and do the best we can for them <3

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