Bees and Beekeeping with The Bee Whisperer, Michael Jordan (PVP042)

Michael Jordan, The Bee Whisperer, joins me to talk about bees and bee keeping.

Michael is a holistic bee keeper who is doing beekeeping the right way.  He has worked tirelessly to promote sustainable bee keeping, that respects, not exploits the bees, and gets the youth involved.  You can find out more about Michael via A Bee Friendly Company.

I tried to keep this episode on the positive side.  How can we work beneficially with bees in a way that is sustainable?  There is so much talk out there about bad bee practices, I really wanted to try to focus on the positive side of things, instead of just talking about the problems that are out there.  BEEcause the way I see it if did things the right way in the first place then we wouldn’t be having all of these problems with the bees.



Michael Jordan "The Bee Whisperer"

Michael Jordan “The Bee Whisperer”


  • Initial investment.  Expect to spend $500.00 per hive.
  • First year don’t take any honey.  Learn to manage the hive.  And make the hive sustainable.  Then start extracting honey.
  • Just starting out.  Read multiple books about different systems and find the one that appeals to you.  Find a mentor to work with.  Practice.


Keeping Bees: Using the Top-Bar Beekeeping Method

Conventional methods of keeping bees are effective, but top bar beekeeping is simpler, less expensive, gives bees a greater degree of freedom, and still leaves you with honey and pollinated crops.

“Beekeeping is a great hobby, whether you keep bees for pollination, honey, profit, medicinal uses, or all of the above. But getting started with bees can be expensive if you use conventional hives. A basic setup with bees can cost more than $200, and building conventional hives and frames is time-consuming. But there’s a simpler, less-expensive and more natural option: top-bar hives. The top-bar beekeeping method allows you to make simpler, inexpensive hives. Build them now and you can start keeping bees next spring.

In the top-bar system, you build simple box hives with slats (bars) of wood laid across the top, to which the bees attach their wax comb.

With growing concerns about colony collapse disorder and the resulting decline in the number of pollinators, gardeners might consider maintaining a top-bar hive of honeybees simply to increase vegetable and fruit yields through better pollination.”

Read more:


From The Barefoot Beekeeper,

From The Barefoot Beekeeper,


 Top Bar Hive Harvest


Building a Top Bar Beehive


Plans for constructing a Warré hive — The People’s Hive

“The plans shown below are based as closely as possible on those in the 12th edition of Beekeeping for All published in 1948. If you think that we have deviated in any way from those plans, we should be grateful if you would contact us to let us know. The page numbers refer to the pages in the book.

At the end of this page we include plans for constructing a box with a window according to the modification of Warré’s hive introduced by Frèrès & Guillaume. We include this variant of the box because many beekeepers, especially beginners, find it helpful for monitoring the progress of colony development. However, we warn that adding windows increases the complexity and expense, not to mention the consumption of resources.

The plans shown here are based on boxes of 20 mm thick wood, the minimum that Warré regarded as sufficient (p. 52). However, he recommended 24 mm for improved rigidity. Thicknesses of 38 and 50 mm have also been used in colder climates. Any change to the box wall thickness should ideally retain the internal measurements of 300 x 300 x 210 mm and will thus require all other components of the hive apart from the legs to be re-sized.”



Read more:

Understanding how honey impacts on wounds: an update on recent research findings.

“Honey is a topical antimicrobial agent that has been used for millennia in wound care. Licensed wound care products containing medical-grade honey first became available in 1999 and are now widely used. Honey’s therapeutic properties are largely attributed to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities. This review provides an insight into the laboratory evidence published in the past 5 years that illustrate how the mechanisms by which honey impacts on wounds are beginning to be understood.”


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Connect with Michael Jordan – The Bee Whisperer.

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Comments 2

  1. Thanks, this actually helps to add some value to my beginner workshops. I do them a few times every season and have another one lined up in a week. But I like to switch things up a bit and teach different aspects of beginner beekeeping.

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