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Bee Movies, Magazines and Books: Resources for Beekeeping and Honey

Posted on July 08, 2014 | 0 comments


Beekeeping Resources by TheraBee: Books, Movies and Magazines

We get asked a lot to recommend bee and honey-related books, movies and other resources, so we thought we'd put together a short list of some of our favorites. Take a look and feel free to recommend any others.

Movies

All these movies we have seen on Netflix.

Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? The film investigates multiple angles of the recent bee epidemic colony collapse disorder. It also explores the historical and contemporary relationship between bees and humans.

Vanishing of the Bees:   This movie follows a pair of US-based commercial beekeepers as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. Filmed across the US, Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth.

More than Honey: A movie with incredible footage of beekepers and honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

The Secret Life of Bees 2008: Not a documentary, but a beautiful story set in 1964 about a 14-year old girl living in South Carolina, who  finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.  Starring: Queen Latifah , Dakota Fanning , Jennifer Hudson , Alicia Keys.

 

Books

Honeybee Democracy; by Thomas Seeley (2010)
The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Baking with Natural Honeys; by Kim Flottum (2012 )
The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden; by Kim Flottum (2010)

Beekeeping: A Seasonal Guide; by Ron Brown (2011)
The Life of the Bee; by Maurice Maeterlinch (1901)
This is a special book for us since someone gave us an original first edition. As a side note, Maurice Maeterlinck won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1911! There is also a free eBook version here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/4511/4511-h/4511-h.htm  

Magazines
Bee Culture
American Bee Journal


Illustration by Clifford Harper/agraphia.co.uk 

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Hooray--It's Swarm Season!

Posted on April 07, 2014 | 0 comments
Here at TheraBee Honey, we love swarm season! People shouldn't be afraid of swarms and let us know if you see one or have one in your yard or house. We will come right over and remove them FREE of charge. Read about our exploits rescuing swarms here on the Central Coast of California in Paso Robles, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo and other areas around the county.

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“This could be something big.” – Robert Herjavek, Shark Tank Episode 520

Posted on March 16, 2014 | 0 comments

@robertherjavec  honey with a kick - creating a new category is a huge challenge #sharktank

So….as we noted in our last blog post, Shark Tank hosted a Kids-Themed Episode this past Friday on ABC. We love Shark Tank and we were especially interested to see how Henry Miller of Henry's Humdingers Honey would do since his business consists of making spiced honey with names like Grumpy Grampa, Naughty Nana, Phoebe’s Fireball and Diabolical Dad. He got shredded by “Mr Wonderful;” Kevin O’Leary, who suggested that this was not a large scale business playing in a small category. In the end, Mark Cuban and Robert Herjavec offered to buy out 75% of Henry’s company for $300k. For a 16-year old entrepreneur that sounds like a pretty good deal. Like all things Shark Tank though, you never really know if a deal is going to go thru. We’ll stay mum on that one till we know more.

TheraBee is not only in the business of creating Culinary Honey™, we have the proprietary Honey Bliss Balls™ and a line of Skin & Body Care that is gaining momentum with athletes. We like our chances and love the fact that culinary honey has now been named an “emerging category,” at least by a famous billionaire. The point for us in watching this episode carefully was to see what the response to a similar product would be in “The Tank.” Robert is right, “creating a new category is a huge challenge”, but like Mark Cuban said, there are always opportunities when you create a new category.

With TheraBee, we are definitely looking for the new opportunity. It’s a risk, a lot of work and a roller coaster of emotions, but we really believe in the product, our brand and the opportunity for us as entrepreneurs. We also love our customers and the many friends of TheraBee who keep us on our toes and give us confidence in our future success. 

“I see an idea, I see an opportunity, and I can see the endgame and how it can be enormous.” – Mark Cuban, Shark Tank Episode 520

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Honey makes it to the Shark Tank

Posted on March 10, 2014 | 2 comments

Shark TankThe critically-acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank has created a lot of Shark Tank Success for food products. In the upcoming episode this Friday March 14 (Episode 516), we get to see some competition and awareness about culinary honey™, make it to the screen with an appearance by Henry Miller, a 16 year old entrepreneur and founder of Henry's Humdingers Honey. We don’t know the outcome of the show yet, but will be watching very closely. You might think that we would be nervous and/or question why would we be posting a blog about the competition. Well…its worked for us before.

Martha was invited to participate in the 1st season of Shark Tank way back in the early days of the show and just as Action Wipes was picking up steam. We thought about it long and hard but ultimately decided to pass based on the crazy contractual language that was required. In the meantime, another wipe company (Grease Monkey Wipes) was picked up and they got a deal with Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjevic. We always thought their success was great for raising awareness about the product, especially since the Action Wipes and Grease Monkey wipes were really for different applications. In the end, the competition heated up with more and more “natural body wipes” appearing on the market, but all it did was help to boost the awareness of the category and increase sales of Action Wipes that ultimately resulted in an exclusive partnership with leading fitness manufacturer Harbinger to promote, distribute and sell Action Wipes body wipes worldwide.

Like Action Wipes, we are very confident with our TheraBee brand and the business plan for the Culinary Honey, Body Care and TheraTea product lines. So, we’ll be watching Henry on Shark Tank and wish him well with his Henry’s Humdingers and get ready for the boost in awareness for the preservation of honey bees and the joys of culinary honey.

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