Preparedness

Is this still a problem? Bee, Die Off?

Georgia Young Farmer Magazine is a seasonal digest that is published about the activities in the field of agriculture in various Georgia Counties and regions.

I got my hands on a copy of the Spring 2019 edition a few days ago, and as I’m sure most did I went directly to the piece written about my home county. I was surprised to find it was all about “The Struggle For Honey Bee Colony Health”. In summary, it was all about in experience and the fight that potential beekeepers should be prepared for if they intend to jump into the field. This article did spark a memory of an “apocalyptic” threat that was talked about from every direction.

A few years ago it was a huge topic of interest that seemed to just fade away. It was on nearly every YouTube Channel, Twitter Feed, and Facebook Page. I even remember a Honey-Nut Cheerios campaign that was directed at bringing attention to a huge die off of honey bees.

An extinction level event for bees would have ultimately been an extinction level event for us as well. As while pollination is not solely reliant on bees, it is heavily reliant upon it. The food shortages caused by that would have caused famine, riots, and many many human deaths.

This idea even had an impact on popular culture. There was an entire episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror” that droned the topic of artificial bee colonies providing the service that we currently require of our little striped friends.

Like so many flavor of the week conspiracy theories, this one just faded into the back.

Is the threat still real, was it a distraction, was that campaign from General Mills just a political stunt. As they are owned by the same corporations that own the pesticide companies that were being blamed for the “die off” anyway. If you have thoughts please share below.

Preparedness: Planning, and Projections

KnowledgeCon 2019 was heavily centered around preparedness. Ranging from spiritual preparedness, financial preparedness, food source preparedness, to physical preparedness.

In our arena of conversation, it’s very easy to be focused on the food source preparedness. As that is the most important of all.

All around me I see my friends practicing preparedness in various ways.

Dahboo7 for example, shared a video about fixing his trailer for hauling supplies around his property for prepping his green house.

Then earlier today B Rich released the first of a series of project videos that he intends to share to document the preparation of a garden, chicken coop, berry wall, and his Studio Barn.

In my current situation, I’m not in the position to share much of this. However, I thought it a good time to document some of my goals and to ask you all to hold me accountable.


Goal #1 Find An Apartment

I am in search of an apartment. This goal is almost achieved, I have budget to have this task complete, by the first week of May, and things are looking really good for me to achieve it.

I have only put in one application, but that is only because I have only found 1 apartment that fits my budget and my needs. One of those needs, plays into Goal #2.

Goal #2 Set Up A Studio

I have recently decided to start Podcasting again. Because I have decided to delve back into that, I have chosen to find an apartment with two bedrooms.

I want to build the studio to fit a 4 person show, with hopes to rent the space and equipment out to others who would like to do a podcast but don’t have the space or equipment.

Goal #3 Fitness

I labeled this one very vaguely, because I really don’t know what my goal should be. Generally, I want to feel like less of a slob. I have been going to the gym regularly for the past two months and am very pleased with the results but I know that there is more work to be done.

Goal #4 Career Advancement

I really love my job. I take a great deal of pride in it, and would love to move into the next level of my professional field.

The drive for this hasn’t stopped and will not stop for years to come, to achieve I will keep pushing the way I have been.

Listen, I know some of the things on this list are a bit vague or cliche., but I think it’s important to write this stuff down. I think it’s important to remind yourself what the grind is about.

I hope this has inspired you to do the same. If so, leave a comment below.