Features | January 04, 2022
Worth 1,000 Words: What’s the Buzz?
- It all started when Kris Bilyeu’s daughter started sharing information about honeybees she’d learned in high school at the family dinner table. Facts like, “Did you know that a honeybee can only make 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime?” and “Did you know all worker bees are female?” would be shared alongside the night’s meal. Due to all the conversations, the Bilyeu family got a beehive for Christmas about 10 years ago. After the kids went off to college, Kris jumped headfirst into the hobby.
- Kris and his wife Leslie now keep more than 20 hives. The Bilyeus are members of the Beekeepers of Indiana and also enjoy educating clubs and classes about the lives of bees. “Bees are in the news a lot — they face many problems,” Kris says. “We need bees to pollinate our food, but we also need pesticides, which can hurt the bees. Finding the balance is difficult.”
- Kris, vice president of Tabco and Brand Chain board member, told PS Magazine that beekeeping is more similar to business operations than one might think. “Bees are resilient to a point, and they need our help,” he says. Beekeeping isn’t just putting a box in the yard and getting honey, he explains — pests, diseases and weather patterns also need to be taken into consideration. “As in sales, we love to solve our customers’ problems, and keeping bees is similar,” Kris says. “They have problems, and we work to find solutions.”
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