Independent Beekeeping Consultant
Urban Beekeeping Educator & Adivsor | Chief Apiarist at Hive Health | Member of the Ontario Beekeepers Association | Former Director of Campus Liaison for the Green Education Council | Optimistic Futurist | Active Volunteer | Experienced Sustainability Educator & Facilitator | Member of the Toronto District Beekeepers Association
> I am widely known as a promoter and facilitator of climate change, sustainability, and urban agriculture.
> I am currently on a mission to put a beehive on every University / College across North America.
> I provide other beekeepers with quality equipment, supplies, and information
> I am a passionate beekeeper who has plans to making major contributions for bees and beekeeping.
>I am interested in building a network of qualified beekeepers across the country to mentor new beekeepers
I am most interested in using Pick My Brain to:
1. Mentor, advise and educate first and second year beekeepers.
2. Invite others to have engaging conversations about the future of food, the importance of bees and urban beekeeping.
3. Collaborate with other beekeeping enthusiasts.
Students, professors, the public, beekeepers, policy makers etc. Anyone who is interested in increasing their knowledge on this very important topic through 1-on-1 conversation.
This is the U of T BEES student club. A group I've worked with closely in the past.
The group is made up of students and community members committed to educating themselves and others about natural beekeeping, pollinators and the production of local honey.
The club provides a rare space within Toronto where anyone can participate and learn the skills of natural beekeeping within an urban context.
The Constitution for the club indicates that it shall be the purpose of U of T BEES to allow students an opportunity to learn about the age-old tradition of beekeeping and the role that bees play in sustaining a healthy ecosystem.
The club seeks to highlight the importance of urban beekeeping as a means of encouraging the survival of pollinators responsible for the existence of many plants. Urban beekeeping is very much an active way to save the bee population, which is so important as they are experiencing a decline in numbers due to unsustainable agricultural practices and global climate change.
U of T BEES also provides a unique opportunity for students to connect with nature, learn about the process of honey creation and participate in the production of local food.
WHAT IS HIVE HEALTH ?
The Hive Health system brings to beekeeping a non-intrusive insight into what is happening in the hive. The system logs, displays and predicts issues related to the health of a honeybee hive with inside and outside sensors monitoring honey accumulation weight, hive activity, temperature and possible swarming. For our Hive Health product, data is collected with a variety of sensors, displayed, stored and then analyzed with alerts then sent to the client.
I book sessions Pieter when I want to:
1. Get energized about the environment.
2. Bounce my ideas and concepts of someone who not only fully takes them in, but adds experience, ground truthing and value.
3. Learn more about what has worked and hasn’t worked in the past. The historical element that I don’t have.
Every time we touch base I walk away with a new case study, connection or lead of inspiration. Pieter is someone I want to model myself off of, and connecting with him helps me do that. Until next time Pieter!