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Bad Beekeeping with Ron Miksha – KM113

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This week we are talking to Ron Miksha from Calgary in Canada. This is Episode One Hundred and Thirteen of our beekeeping podcast.

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The interview with Ron was recorded in October 2016

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Ron Miksha is a Writer and Beekeeper from Calgary in Canada. Ron has been involved in Beekeeping for many years as a Commercial Beekeeping and educator. He is the author of the Bad Beekeeping book and blog.

Here is what you will discover (Now with Times!!!)

For your reference we now include times for the conversation points, Some podcast players allow you to click on the times to jump to that section.

  • How Ron got started in Beekeeping 02:56
  • Ron Goes to University 07:36
  • How Ron Produced Comb Honey 08:40
  • Why did Ron Change Careers 12:13
  • Did the Honey Prices Increase? 13:52
  • What Excites Ron About Beekeeping 15:08
  • You can't control the weather 20:27
  • Calgary is known as cowtown 22:31
  • The Bad Beekeeping Blog is 21 years old 24:30
  • What are Blogs about? 26:01
  • Neonicotinoids causing no issues in Alberta! 26:16
  • What types of Crops are Grown in Alberta? 28:18
  • Bee Die off in Ontario 30:14
  • Why did the Ontario Die off Happen? 32:14
  • Are Honey Bees harmful to Native Bees 34:03
  • Native Bees added to Endangered List in Hawaii 36:10
  • Where does get his ideas for his blog Posts 38:41
  • Books that influenced Ron 40:50
  • A Heavy Metal Band was Named after Ron? 45:23
  • If Ron was a time Traveler – What would he tell his younger self 46:45
  • Ron Miksha and Neil Bertram Course 49:00
  • The most common questions Ron's Students Ask is? 51:01
  • What are Ron's plans for next season 52:47

Resources mentioned in the show

  • Ron’s Famous Bad Beekeeping Blog can be found HERE
  • Follow Ron on Twitter HERE
  • Ron’s Book “Bad Beekeeping” can be found HERE
  • Fifty Years Among the Bees – by Dr. C. C. Miller – Get it from Phil’s Website HERE. Or buy a hard copy HERE
  • The Joys of Beekeeping by Richard Taylor, can be bought from HERE
  • Ron’s Wikipedia Page is HERE
  • Miksha the Heavy Metal Band
  • Ron’s Beekeeping Business Course – Making Money from Honey

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Media Credits

Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.
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