Returning to the pod-waves after a two-month hiatus, Kiwimana is back. Since May 24, I’ve been suffering mana-withdrawal, but the popular beekeeping podcast released a new episode a few days ago. So, I’ve kicked back and begun to enjoy the series again.
If you haven’t yet listened to the beekeepers who make this clever podcast, you’re in for a treat. This refreshing podcast is broadcast from New Zealand’s north island, but we learn about good beekeeping, bees and politics, and environmental issues from all over the world. The focus is on ‘natural’ beekeeping but not to the point where credibility is lost. Gary and Margaret have lively opinions and banter to share, but most episodes also include interviews with other experienced beekeepers. For example, “Beekeeping Like a Girl” Hilary Kearney, bee health essayist Randy Oliver, Louisiana Bee Man JP, Australian commercial keeper Victor Croker, and bee blogger Rusty Burlew have all been guests on Kiwimana. Along with the interviews, the Kiwimaniacs usually discuss interesting bee news (like the time that a swarm shut down an entire school or the incident that involved a Kentucky driver who landed his car in an apiary).
Gary and Margaret have been podcasting for a few years – the newest release is Podcast #110! That’s a lot of bee communication. And a lot of hard production and research work from these Kiwis. If you’re looking for an interesting bee-centric way to spend a Sunday afternoon, Kiwimana may be what you want. It will especially appeal to newer beekeepers and ‘natural beekeeping’ enthusiasts, but there’s something at Kiwimana for experienced professionals, too. If you’re a commercial beekeeper, migrating hives on long treks or spending hour after hour in the extracting shop, this podcast is a pleasant way to pass some hours.
Take a listen, especially in September when Gary talks to me! Yup, he cornered me for a full hour of Rambling Ron on the Pod and we brought bad beekeeping to life. I’ll remind you when that show gets aired, but in the meanwhile, tune in to Kiwimana’s beekeeping podcast. If you like bee talk, you’ll like this.