In this episode, Joe takes us on a beekeeping journey. He travels to Seattle, Washington to visit Corky Luster, the owner of Ballard Bee Company. Joe talks with Corky about the importance of honeybees and their relevance to the foods we eat. Corky Luster helps homeowners set up their own beehives. Those that are interested in having a hive in their backyard can sponsor 2 to 4 hives and Corky will come out and maintain the hives on a weekly basis.
Joe and Corky also discuss how there has been a drop in hives, partly due to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. It is an unexplained disappearance of, most of, or an entire population of bees in a hive. Research is ongoing to establish the cause of this tragic loss of bees.
Joe, then, takes us to meet Linda Tillman, a master beekeeper who has a small urban backyard that is home to many hives. Joe gives us a look into the layers of a bee hive and how they are constructed.
Next, we visit with Robin Haglund, a landscape designer and founder of Garden Mentors. Robin is a benefactor of Corky Luster and Ballard Bee Company’s service and has set up a couple of beehives in her backyard. Robin takes us on a tour of her backyard and gives us some of the nuances of having backyard bees.
The second benefactor of Cory’s Ballard Bee Company is forward-thinking Seattle restaurant, Bastille. Determined to have fresh lettuce and greens all year round, they brought in Seattle Urban Farm Company and Colin McCrate to install and maintain the 4500 square foot kitchen garden, located on the roof of the restaurant.
Finally, Chef Nathan takes us to meet Chef Bobby of the Barking Frog at Willows Lodge as he creates a mouth-watering meal using honey from the Ballard Bee Company.
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