A HUMBLE MAN, A LEGEND
In early 2014, a consultant – educator with no background on farming or beekeeping decided to set up the first bee farm on Phu Quoc island.
A risky and irrational decision, isn’t it?
If you ask him then: Why a bee farm here?
He may have told you that business owners on the island seem to only focus on the beautiful beaches, forgetting about the forests that make up 60% of Phu Quoc that are full of magical potentials.
He would have also shared how the news about the extinction of bees stirred and shook his heart. He knew it was his calling to raise the awareness on the island and around the world.
If you had a chance to spend time with this humble man, this legend, you would be fueled by his passion.
It’s true, his passion and pure excitement to serve the island with this purpose-driven business is absolutely contagious.
That man is our bee legend, our dear teacher and mentor who’s going above and beyond to make positive impact on the bees’ lives and other lives.
THE COUNTRY’S LANDSCAPE OF THE BEES AWARENESS
Bees are disappearing for a wide variety of reasons.
A lot of countries are trying their best to get their citizens involved in beekeeping in order to save more bees globally.
Our beautiful country, Vietnam, falls a bit short in the bee awareness game in comparison to the rest of the world.
For many people in Vietnam, bees are annoying . Because unconsciously they believe that all bees sting and attack you for no reason.
And the only other thing our people could associate bees with is honey.
People simply forget the most valuable service from bees which is pollination.
It’s true that Vietnam has experienced tremendous economic growth, leaving people disconnected from nature and uneducated about sustainability practices.
People simply don’t know how important the bees are and what exactly the extinction of these life-initiating insects means.
Do you know?
#1: There are more than 20,000 distinct bee species around the world. Beekeepers, mostly in the US and Europe, have been reporting annual hive losses of 30 percent or higher in the last decade.
#2: Many species of animal dependent on bees in order to survive. Why? Because their food sources, including nuts, berries, seeds, and fruits, relies on the pollination of bees.
#3: Bees are super important pollinators of most ecosystems. 90% of flowering plants are dependent on insect pollination. Usually, a honeybee can visit 50-1000 flowers in one trip. Therefore, if each bee takes ten trips a day, a colony with 25,000 forager bees can pollinate 250 million flowers in a day.
Think about that.
Now imagine that you’re offering that pollination service as a ‘human bee’. How many flowers could you visit with hand-pollinating technique?
No comparision, right? But it’s happening right now in some places where there are not enough bees.
In Vietnam, bees are disappearing at a worrisome rate due to the excessive use of pesticides in crops, flowerless landscapes and the practice of wild honey hunting.
It makes sense that the extinction of bees would mean the end of humanity. If bees didn’t exist, humans wouldn’t either.
That’s why we’re here to ring that awakening bell and connect people more with the bees and with nature.
Our greatest reward is seeing you off with a greater level of love and awareness for the bees and other pollinators.
BEE TOGETHER, BEE BETTER!
C’mom over and visit our farm here; you’ll BEE warmly welcomed by our team:)