Beekeeping the Honey With Heart Way in Malawi

a bee visiting a flower

Many thanks to Mike Rex from African Parks and Honey with Heart for a fascinating and informative talk about bees and their behaviour.

Honey with Heart is an innovative social enterprise
that is empowering communities across Africa
through the production and sale of high-quality
honey. Situated in some of the most remote areas in Africa and with limited access to employment
opportunities, these communities share the land
with national parks and reserves and had previously relied heavily on them for their survival. 

However, Honey with Heart has trained communities with the skills and resources to produce organic honey as a source of income, thus empowering them to build an economic foundation to improve their lives so that they are able to preserve their national parks for future generations.

Fun Facts About Bees!

  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
  • Honey bees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen.
  • Honey bees must consume about 17-20 pounds of honey to be able to biochemically
    produce each pound of beeswax.
  • Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest
    regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
  • A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early
    summer.
  • The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3 or 4 year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by
    attendant worker bees.
  • The average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its
    lifetime.
  • Honey bees fly at up to 15 miles per hour
  • The Honey bee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • Honey bees, scientifically also known as Apis mellifera, are environmentally friendly and are vital as pollinators.
  • Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the most ancient fermented beverage. The term
    “honeymoon” originated with the Norse practice of consuming large quantities of Mead during the first month of a marriage.