Without too many specifics, Ive found that just about anything to do with nature improves your powers of observation. I was once asked about the specifics of Master Naturalist training and I replied that, in a general sense, you're taught to "see".
Specific to beekeeping, for personal development, I would think mangerial skills, problem analysis, decision making, organizational skills, and recod keeping are all enhanced by beekeeping.
In addition, you've got some pretty cheap labor for pollination and honey production.
When you factor in pollination, don't forget non-food crops. Alfalfa, canola, almond hulls, all are bee pollinated crops that produce beef and dairy products. Alot of livestock feed crops are dependant on bees as well so not only are the bees resposible for the fruits and nuts that you eat but they are also a large part of the dairy and meat products on your plate.
With exactly 758 words here is my essay!
What do you think?
The Benefits of Honeybees and Beekeeping
Honey bees are a necessary part of our economy. They pollinate over 1/3 of the plants that make up our diet. Crops such as almonds, apples, blueberries, cantaloupes, cherries, cranberries, cucumbers, sunflowers, watermelon, strawberries, oranges, and many others rely on honeybees for pollination. Our livestock also rely on honeybee pollinated crops for their food. Such as alfalfa, almonds, and canola. So, not only are honeybees responsible for most of our fruits, and nuts, but most of our dairy and meat products as well. In addition to pollinating agricultural crops honeybees pollinate home gardens, orchards, and wildlife habitat. According to a Cornell University study in 2000, the dollar value of honeybees to the United States agriculture is over 14.6 billion! That is one valuable insect!
The production of honey is probably the most well-known benefit of honey bees. This sticky, sweet treat is beloved by millions of families around the world and cherished as a delicacy in several countries. It makes a fine ingredient in baked goods and other cooked foods. You can use it as a condiment, topping, or sweetener, in just about anything. Of course, it is wonderful all by itself ,too. Besides, every wise grandma knows that a spoonful of honey makes the medicine go down! Honey is also extremely valuable medicinally. It is antibacterial, full of vitamins and minerals, can be used to treat various different infections and diseases, and heal severe wounds and abrasions. Plus, it has NO side effects! It is also used as a beauty product. Honey is a very common ingredient in skin care items and certain soaps. Beekeepers and consumers alike greatly enjoy the benefits of this liquid gold.
Beekeeping is a profitable endeavor for all who are willing to work for the rewards. There is money to be made if you have money, sweat, and elbow grease to invest. Many different beekeeping related products provide several avenues of income. Such as pollination contracts, doing swarm removals, selling bees and/or queens, selling honey, beeswax, beeswax candles, soaps, and other homemade beauty and and health care items, selling honey bee related nostalgia, and writing books on the topics of bees and beekeeping. With plenty of hard work and diligence one could make a decent living off of the beekeeping industry.
There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from a honey bee and her hive as well. She will teach diligence and teamwork like no other teacher could. You will learn to appreciate the simple beauties of nature and the perfect design of the Creator. The steady, sure work of a single bee can inspire action or comfort the overwhelmed. Just watching the honeybees caress each flower, extracting the nectar, is almost a sacred thing to observe. Then to see them work together and function within the hive is truly an unforgettable experience. To happen upon the queen bee when she is working is another incredible experience in itself. Even though you know you are not under her reign you can't help but treat her like royalty. This knowledge is hard to share with words. However, there are encyclopedias full of the scientific knowledge of bees to be studied and research labs across the globe to discover the things we have yet to learn.
As you spend time in the hive looking for the evidence of a queen, and the majesty herself, your powers of observation will be enhanced. Your management skills, record keeping, problem analysis, and organizational skills will be perfected as you strive to be an efficient and productive beekeeper. You will also feel better about yourself knowing that you are contributing to the environment by helping to preserve the honey bees.
Personally, I keep bees because I adore the little insects and find great pleasure in owning my hives. Robbing and extracting honey is one of the things I look forward to and have fun doing. I love to learn and the bees are great teachers. I stand in awe of the perfect design of a honey bee. From their complex eyes to their tiny legs. They are such good examples of God's infinite wisdom. Also, I find it amazing that one little bee can accomplish more in a day than most big men I know. Isaac Watts once asked, â€œHow doth the little busy bee Improve each shining hour, And gather honey all the day from every opening flower?â€ They are such busy little critters yet, they always have time to stop and smell the flowers!
I might change the word necessary in the first sentence to essential and economy in the same sentence to agricultural economy.
this snip is a bit awkward...
There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from a honey bee and her hive as well.
the first rule of reviewing you own writing is to delete any excess use of words or phrases. this is a rule that should be diligently and ruthlessly followed from the first to the very last sentence. just go thru the paper one sentence at a time and cross out any and all unnecessary word or phrases that don't add anything to the sentence or paragraph.
so the above might become..
There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from the honey bee.
or to add a bit more context..
There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from a honey bee as an individual organism and the hive as a super organism.
It looks like???? paragraph 4 and 5 are not separated by a blank line????
ps... without a doubt there is an enormous quantity of basic biology to be learned in one of those little white boxes.
second rule... write it one day, sleep on it and read it again in the morning just to see how it sounds. for me there is some benefit to reading it out loud just to see how it sounds.
Idee: Cow pollinater said they use almond hulls, hence the almonds.
I think it would be a good idea add annually in there.
Tecumseh: paragraph 4 and 5 is an error which occured in the copy and paste process that I over looked some how. sorry.
Thank you for the tips! I will probably rewrite this before mom grades it. My biggest worry is the syntax. Mom says I have horrible syntax and I'm not sure how to fix it.
Not too shabby Baby You've got me kinda tempted to pick on you about getting extra help with your homework here.... :lol:
Thanks y'all for reading and commenting! I know it goes a long way to helping the kids feel like I'm not just shining them on or buttering them up when I tell them they've done a good job. I've been extra busy since we got home from this last trip and haven't had time to help Baby fine tune her essay but y'all make great tutors!
Ok, the completed final draft of my essay has been posted on my blog. Since, 700+ words is a really long post.
Thank you Tecumseh and Idee for the tips! Thank you mom for not picking on me!
let me know what you think.
Well, they're corrected now. Although honey is definitely beloved by millions of families around the world! I am a girl you know, that calls for a little drama every now and then!
(note to self: find statistics on global appreciation of honey)