Corwin Bell & Karen Sadenwater – BackYardHive


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Corwin Bell Karen Sadenwater Established in 2005, BackYardHive is committed to bee-centric practices that increase the survivability of colonies through their Bee Guardian Methods. Corwin Bell and Karen Sadenwater join us to talk about their transition from starting out as computer animation to developing a deep passion for beekeeping from observing bee behavior, to help save the bee and teach others how to safely help our friendly flyers today, and in the future! Checkout their leading innovation products like the Cozy Cover and the Cathedral Hive, while soaking up quality information at their site below! Checkout BackYardHive Today - Transcription Brian: In 1995, Corwin Bell started keeping bees due to a longtime fascination with this delicate pollinator. Along with Karen Sadenwater, Corwin founded in the spring of 2005. They are committed to be centered practices that increase the survivability of colonies. If the bees are cared for by applying the Bee Guardian methods that they teach, then the survival genetics and healthy behavioral traits will be preserved within the gene pool. Backyard Hive was the first to offer backyard beekeepers, online resources, training DVDs, and information about getting started in a lifetime of top bar beekeeping. They realize the need early on and became the very first organization to make available fully assembled top bar hives on the web. is committed to sharing knowledge and top bar hive technologies that encourage and enable backyard beekeepers to be successful and completely chemical free. Corwin and Karen, welcome to the Off The Grid Biz Podcast. Corwin & Karen: Hey, Brian. Brian: It's great having you here. Why don't you let us know a little bit about what it is that you do? Corwin: Well, we have a business called BackYardHive. And it's about teaching natural beekeeping for people that are gonna keep bees in their backyards. So we do classes, we do intensives, we innovate in the bee space. Have two of our own design hives we've worked on over the years, and pretty much in unnatural beekeeping is our thing without using you know, chemical treatments at all or smoke or sugar. So we really promote that. That's pretty much what BackYardHive is doing. Karen: Yeah, we really want to teach people that method, you know, backyard beekeeping and natural beekeeping and treatment free. Brian: Well, that's fabulous. So you started the website in 2005, right? Corwin: Yeah. Brian: And tell me about what led up to that, what was your life up till that point? Corwin: Well, yeah, it's funny, because when someone says, oh, you're a beekeeper, I'm like, no, no, I'm a bee researcher more than anything. And even then it's odd that I'm doing bees. I started off in the film industry doing TV commercials. Then I moved into doing game design for computer games. I was the first one to put out a computer game on CD ROM for Hanna Barbera called Page Master. It came out on the same weekend that Lion King did so I just crushed our game on the endcaps. But it was great game. Then, I kept working in the game genre that we work in is called serious games. Karen: And games for health. Corwin: And games for health. So they're games that aren't like driving cars and playing with little characters. So from that we did, The Journey To The Wild Divine, which was a big hit. The Dalai Lama played it and it was had finger sensors that read your bio feedback for real and that's how you played the game. But people call it "mist for mystics" is what Wired magazine actually called it. And then, we went on from there. So now we're overlapping. Now we're doing the wild divine project. And here comes you know, I'm like, oh, these are cool. I want to do bees, and basically went online. Back then it was like the modem kind of online, right. And I found this guy Marty Hardison who did thi...

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