Fri, 25 June 2021
On the Off-Farm Income Podcast, I interview at least 104 FFA students every year. And about 10% of them have supervised agricultural experiences involving bees. Bees are a wonderful way to get involved with agriculture. They can be raised in a small space, eliminating the need for large amounts of land, and they do something wonderful for the surrounding environment.
What if your interest in bees goes beyond casual, you would like a career doing what you love and that thing is bees? Where do you start? Do you go to college? Are there ways you can serve the bee industry with a side business? Is this an industry in decline, or are there emerging opportunities? These are the questions I think of every time I profile a student that has an interest in bees.
In today's episode, I finally get to answer so many of those questions. I am speaking with Alan Mikolich. Alan became fascinated with bees and beekeeping at age 9 and got his first hive when he was 10. All he has wanted to do ever since is work with bees, and he made a career out of this passion. After five decades working with bees, Alan has experience working for others, managing thousands of acres of farmland that need bees for pollination, collecting and selling his own honey, creating side businesses to serve the bee industry, and consulting.
There is no way to replicate the knowledge and wisdom of somebody like Alan who has been in the industry for this long, and today we are lucky enough to be able to share his expertise with the world. If you have an interest in bees and are wondering how to make that your full-time job, today's interview is tailor-made for you!