Core77's Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club kicks off our first meeting in 2013 with very special guest Matt Reed of Bee Thinking, whose expertise in beekeeping, hive construction and honey bee behavior is celebrated by both Portland's beekeepers and the international beekeeping community.
Bee Thinking: "Natural Beekeeping with Top Bar and Warré Hives"
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR, 97209
Tuesday, January 22nd, 6PM PST
A backyard hive can be a simple, fun and manageable addition to your yard, garden, or roof! Both the Top Bar and Warré are foundationless hives that allow bees to build their own combs as they would in nature. Matt will talk about the advantages of choosing foundationless, and treatment free beekeeping by including information on honeybee biology, management techniques and seasonal recommendations. Honeybees are an opportunistic species that Matt loves to demystify through his stories, facts and research. His presentation style is informative and relaxed, where the audience will undoubtedly glean applicable knowledge for new or existing hives. After listening, you may fall in love with honeybees as Matt did years ago, or at the very least, earn a new appreciation for the species and its work.
Matt's philosophy is simple. The chief end of beekeeping should be to provide the bees with the ideal environment in which to thrive. To do this, the beekeeper must engross his or her mind with a wide range of bee-related information detailing the bee life cycle, history, hive design, management and innumerable other topics of importance. Without this knowledge, it is unlikely that the bees or the keeper will have success in their endeavors.
Matt Reed is the owner of Bee Thinking, a sustainable beekeeping supply store for backyard beekeepers located in SE Portland. Bee Thinking was founded in 2008 as an internet resource for beekeepers throughout the world. At the same time he began mass-producing foundationless Top Bar and Warre hives for his own apiary. Soon he had a great deal of interest from many people who were getting involved in foundationless beekeeping, so he began selling the same hives that he uses to those in the beekeeping community. Today, he sells these hives to people all over the world.