Bee products made with love

2019-09-26 06:00
Casey Blum is the co-owner of the local family business, Wild Hive Honey. She knows where every drop of their honey has come from: they have their own hives and handle every process personally.Photo: Ma-rinda Visser-Hough

Casey Blum is the co-owner of the local family business, Wild Hive Honey. She knows where every drop of their honey has come from: they have their own hives and handle every process personally.Photo: Ma-rinda Visser-Hough

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THE sunlight shining through jars of golden nectar, on bars of beeswax soap and silky lip, hand and face salve draw me to the stall cart of local business Wild Hive Honey at the JBay Makiti on the weekend.

I delightfully discover new favourites: the bees’ liquid gold for my fresh bread and the satiny balm for my skin. Most of all, I love their ethics and integrity.

Their cart sign, “Open for Beesiness”, greets you cheekily, and Casey Blum follows humbly. Explaining about their family-operated company, she smiles gently, “We know where every drop of this honey has come from. We have our own hives and handle every process personally.”

It is impressive, because of the ethical, eco-friendly way that they insist on the sustained, respectful handling of the endangered, complex and fascinating creatures.

“We came from a high-pressure corporate environment, changed careers and became beekeepers.”

Casey and Jeff do this in a way that taps into nature on every level – and gives back. The key is to keep the colonies safe and secure in the Van Staden’s gorge where Wild Hive Honey operates.

They told theplanetperspective blogger previously that they ensure that the bees are never excessively stressed or exposed to chemicals, and that they are protected against predators.

“We employ an original way when collecting honey. No filter is used. The honey is strained by means of gravity for four days,” explains Casey. “We only use solar power on our premises, and believe in good maintenance, close attention to detail and being careful.”

No waste

It is vital to waste nothing – both in the honey-collecting process and in the manufacturing of their unique products.

Jeff and Casey consider the feasibility of making products by hand and their cost to the consumer. They prioritise sustainability, freshness and costing. This is why a service like refilling customers’ empty jars is provided.

Their message to bee product consumers is to respect the incredibly hard work of such a precious species. “Avoid using pesticides, fungicides or chemicals in gardens. We cannot survive without bees.”

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