There’s one skill – one piece of know-how – that every man should have.
It’s an incredibly easy skill to learn. And yet the rewards are off the charts.
This skill will help you survive in an emergency… provide a 100% natural and ultra-healthy food source… and lead to a source of easy income.
It’s so important and so useful, it should be taught in schools. But it never will be.
Beekeeping is becoming a lost art.
When I began my quest, all I wanted was some honey. I read a book about it, and it sounded interesting.
It’s not hyperbole to say learning the skill changed my life.
Honey truly is a miracle food.
In the simplest terms, honey is nature’s best sweetener. It consists of about 69% glucose and fructose. But unlike the processed sugar that’s found loaded into so much of our food, honey is quite easy for your body to turn into useful energy. It helps eliminate the energy peaks and valleys associated with store-bought white sugar. Even better, it aids in weight loss.
The honey I grow on our microfarm is 100% organic and unprocessed. There are no chemicals. It’s not pasteurized. It’s not even filtered.
The bees make it, and all I do is put it in jars.
UNREFINED IS JUST FINE
By far, raw honey is the best stuff.
The health effects are off the chart.
- It contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, D and E, plus calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.
- It fights the “bad” bacteria in your gut and promotes “good” bacteria.
- Raw honey helps boost our immune system by removing free radicals from our body.
- It has antibacterial properties (rub some on your next cut).
- Phytonutrients found in honey have been shown to help prevent certain types of cancer.
- Raw, local honey is thought to fight allergies.
But the health effects of honey are only one reason every man must know how to raise bees.
One of the greatest aspects of honey is that it doesn’t spoil. It’s the ultimate survival food. Put a jar in your “go” bag, and never worry about it expiring.
In a survival situation, it can be added to crackers or homemade bread to provide a much-needed energy source.
This past year, I harvested 8 gallons of honey from two hives. If the need would arise, our pantry could keep us alive for months. By upping my production to five hives next year, I expect about 20 gallons.
We keep the honey we need and sell the rest. If your goal is to raise bees as an income source, expect to break even in about two years.
It’s not cheap to start harvesting honey. But by sticking to the basics, you can start two hives (I always recommend starting with at least two hives) for about $450. You’ll need to order your bees, and build or buy some hive boxes. Plus you’ll need some essential beekeeping equipment.
But here’s what most folks don’t know about raising bees.
You can do it anywhere.
SIMPLE IS BETTER
Most folks I talk to say they can’t raise bees because they live in the city or in a subdivision. They’re wrong… urban beekeeping is quite popular. Done right, even your closest neighbors won’t know you have bees.
And even if you can’t raise bees at home, there’s nothing stopping you from raising them on somebody else’s land. Most farmers will gladly let you put hives on their land. Most often, all they want in return is a quart or two of honey. It’s cheap rent.
The hardest part of beekeeping is getting started. It sounds like a daunting, painful endeavor.
Really, it’s quite simple. Like I said, for a few hundred bucks, you can get the boxes, frames, tools and enough bees to be harvesting honey within a year. Start by watching a few videos, then read a book or two. From there, find a local bee club and get started. With winter upon us, now’s the very best time to start preparing for the upcoming season.
Beekeeping will teach you patience. It will create a source of income. It will humble you. And it will provide one of the greatest survival foods on the planet.
It’s an essential skill for a self-sufficient man.