Posted on Leave a comment

We all Rise Together – We talk to Les Crowder – KM122

Post Updated on

This is Episode One Hundred and Twenty two of our beekeeping podcast.

We are Gary and Margaret, we love Honey bees, we are kiwimana and we are Beekeepers who live in the Waitakere Ranges, on the Wild West coast of Auckland, in New Zealand.

kiwimana is a place where the beekeeping community can share a conversation and connect and in this episode we talk to Les Crowder from Austin, Texas.

..we also – as if that wasn’t enough – build and sell beekeeping supplies, we teach beginner Beekeepers and provide beekeeper services and advice. And we are the “beesknees” Club, Facebook group

Great to have you joining us, we know life is busy for you so we appreciate that you have taken the time to join us today – thanks so much for beeing part of the kiwimana buzz,

This podcast was made possible thanks to our Patrons, especially this month we would like to thank MeadDrinkr Tysen

MeadDrinkr has been supporting the kiwimana buzz since October 2016

Tysen has a podcast all about Making Mead, over HERE

Thanks for your support!!!

This interview with Les was recorded in Oct 2017.

Les was recommend to us by one of our listeners “Lankford Partin”

If you want to recommend a guest or even yourself visit HERE


Les Crowder is a Beekeeper originally from New Mexico, he has devoted his adult life to the study and care of honeybees. He is dedicated to finding organic and natural solutions for problems commonly treated with chemicals. He enjoys keeping bees in Top Bar Beehives is also the co-author of the book “Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

He started beekeeping when he was fifteen by picking up a swarm with his Granddad in New Mexico.

Here is what you will discover

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.

  • What has Les Been Working on 00:02:52
  • You Grew up in New Mexico / Now in Austin 00:03:08
  • Is Austin a great place to Live? 00:03:21
  • Do you have africanized bees in Austin? 00:03:49
  • Tell us about the We all Rise Together Project 00:04:30
  • Do you think Man will ever realise we are all connected? 00:10:18
  • What Gives Les Hope for the world 00:12:08
  • 75% of the world?s Honey Contains Neonicotinoids 00:15:01
  • Seed Collectors being Sued by Monsanto 00:22:25
  • Les got involved in writing Legislation in New Mexico 00:24:33
  • You can rely on your Government to change the environment 00:27:26
  • Can you Grow Bananas in Austin? 00:30:42
  • How do Les’s Bees get on in Austin? 00:31:32
  • Bee Audacious Beekeeping by Tom Seeley 00:32:59
  • Why Les only Keeps Top Bar Bee Hives Now 00:34:24
  • Mud, Blood and Beer in our Eyes 00:36:12
  • People before Profit and Corporate Charters 00:40:51
  • A Universal Income for all 00:44:06
  • Does any society today resemble a Bee Colony? 00:46:42
  • Does Les know of any area that don’t treat for Mites and still have bees? 00:49:54

Resources mentioned in the show

If you think organic food is expensive, have you priced cancer lately?

Joel Salatin Founder of Polyface Farms

Full Transcription of Interview

Sorry! This part of content is hidden behind this box because it is only for our backers at Patreon. Why not take this chance to become our Patron?

After Show

If you enjoyed this show, then please subscribe to the show in your podcast app or even download our free App that is available for Phones and Tablets.

Please Subscribe to the Show

kiwimana_buzz_podcast_showNotesSo did you enjoy that show ?...did you find something useful you can use in your beekeeping work or help keep you company as you work your bees??? Yes?

Then You can have the next show to automagically appear on your podcast listening device, simple to subscribe.

Visit to discover ways you can subscribe to the show.

Subscribing to the show is Totaly FREE

Other Ways to subscribe to The kiwimana Buzz...

Click here to subscribe via Apple Podcasts
Click here to subscribe via Google Podcasts
Click here to subscribe via RSS
You can also subscribe via Stitcher
We are also on I Heart Radio

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.
Liked it? Take a second to support kiwimana on Patreon!
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *