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Jake Schultz

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  1. The reason I brought this up and pose it to the group is partially surrounding the levy but mostly a question of 'What is Apiculture NZ doing to excite and SUPPORT new younger individuals to even consider apiculture as a job. Not necessarily beekeeping specifically but the whole field altogether (research, technology, education, actual beekeeping, export, etc). I'm trying to get the big picture from new beekeepers and experienced beekeepers alike. Many of use understand a lot of the concerns in the industry but how is any levy or funding that apiculture governing body has actually making it a
  2. NEW BEEKEEPERS: What does the beekeeping industry do to make you excited to come into this field? Why or why not?
  3. Hi @Ladybee No, I don't do a pure online course. The only course I lecture is blended delivery (Practical, lecture, and online) for the New Zealand certificate in Apiculture Level 3. There are definitely difficulties when it comes to these sorts of courses as being in the hives with an apprenticeship model is by far one of the best methods to teach. As well as being able to consistently see all the variations of the hive in various settings and states. When you look at online courses, we have to keep in mind what the target audience is. It is not for individuals going into com
  4. I think you nailed it. We have a flood of new beekeepers coming in that don't have the needed longer experience and many of them actually want it. But commercial sees this as a threat to their locations and business. And rightfully so. But we also need individuals who are educated to continue this work and it is very difficult for new beekeepers trying to learn from commercial. Hence why many of them take classes at bee clubs, just go work in the field, or take courses at a polytechnic. But it really does come down to that the industry is growing faster than the country can keep up
  5. @AlastairThe regulations in America are very different from here. There is a flood of 'honey' from the Chinese market that is not actually honey and is legal to do in America. These broken down into three categories: 'honey' that is a direct conversion from sugar syrup and no nectar was used; a honey like product that is made using different syrups/sugars with added flavour packs and chemical changes to make it taste and consist like liquid honey; or a combination of both of these that is mixed with some real honey from different parts of the world. What comes down to is whatever is cheapest.
  6. Thanks Dennis, I brought up this question not as a lecturer to get information to incorporate into the class. Me as a lecturer was only brought up because someone asked me. But to go through and attack any sort credentials doesn't lead into any meaningful or helpful discussions. It shuts people down. If I were to gather information into the course, I would have mentioned that and given more background into that subject and why. But, I raise this question because I am curious to see what the responses are for the individuals in these forums based on all of your experiences. The
  7. What i'm finding the most by talking to beekeepers in person, the overall course of how the industry has been over the years, and discussions online comes down to 4 main problems. 1. Overcrowding 2. Lack of food sources 3. Varroa management and treatment 4. The general public in New Zealand just has no ideas what is going on here. So, they base all that they know or do off of American or European news reports and documentaries. Which only exasperates the issues here because they believe that what they are doing is helping. It's interesting to here the theme of t
  8. Firstly, thank you all for your comments thus far about the struggles you currently face in beekeeping. With that, I'd like to remind you that the validity of apiculture lecturers doing their job, their qualifications, or experience is not the topic of the discussion and question raised. If you feel that is important to you then please create a separate discussion page in the forums to express your thoughts and feeling on apiculture lecturers across the country. But please evaluate your answers to actually reflect on the question raised in the first place. Which is What are one or
  9. I’m the apiculture lecturer at UCOL in Palmerston North
  10. Hi All, This is a wide and open ended question but would be valuable information to know to help the community grow in the best way. While we knew there are issues of overcrowding, the manuka bubble, and issues of consistent year round food sources, and disease control... Within beekeeping in New Zealand, what are one or two things you personally struggling with the most in beekeeping? Examples: - Could it be better training needed? - Accessible information? - Better resource sharing? - More educational videos for a specific topic?
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