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COVID-19 Workshops & Experience Days Update

Jez’s Honey Farm will hopefully re-open for workshops and experience days in September

My team and I have been keeping a careful eye on the Government guidelines for how businesses can prepare for returning to work following the Coronavirus restrictions, and we’ve put plans into place to help ensure the safety of those working here on the farm and for our guests.

However, our position is unique in as much that we aren’t a public outdoor space you simply wander around. Our workshops and experience days rely on interactive elements and handling equipment key to the success and enjoyment of the day, and while we’re able to mitigate some of the risks, I’m not comfortable with reducing the quality of the experience for you, and some of the perceived potential risk factors.

The World’s First Virtual Honey Tasting Experience!

We think we’ve created another world first!

Join us from the comfort of your own home for this brand new, exciting digital tasting experience, bringing the irresistible taste of raw, British honey directly to you in our unique Online Honey Tasting Experience.

Back in 2018 my honey farm became the world’s first certified Carbon Neutral honey farm, and since then we’ve welcomed hundreds of people each year to the farm on our workshops and experience days.

A message from Jez about Coronavirus, our farm, workshops and experience days

What’s Happenned

I sat down with my team last week at the farm (socially distanced, of course) and we began to hatch a plan as to how we could make our workshops and experience days work with social distancing measures, in preparation for an announcement from the Government, at some point in the future, that would allow us to invite you here again.

Many of you have purchased – or been gifted by others – places on our 2020 beekeeping, rural craft and gardening workshops and experience days, and we are immensely grateful to you all for your patience and for ‘hanging on’! 

The pizza oven is never ‘closed’ at this time of the year!

Much of the practical elements like how we would arrange the refreshments; changes we’d need to make to our ‘build your own’ pizza lunch, and how we’d ensure everyone was able to keep a reassuring 2 metres from others, were all simply thought out. I’ll be honest with you

How to Supercharge Your CSR

Supercharge Your Corporate Sustainability!

Owner of Bees & Co., broadcaster and honeybee farmer Jez Rose, offers simple but highly effective ways to create – or maintain – a supercharged, effective corporate social responsibility culture that pays.

  1. Aim to engage with or support a global cause; something that connects your employees or business aims or values, rather than something that’s close to only one or two people. Consider how customers and stakeholders will react to your choice. Improving the environment – our shared living space – is a good example of a global cause.
  2. Consider brightening up empty patches of land for staff and visitors, whilst providing essential food for pollinators by using wildflower seeds as gifts, incentives and for promotions. Or create a project at your premises that shares the progress throughout the seasons.
  3. Don’t be shy about being a tiny bit selfish: it’s okay for you to benefit, too! You’re much more likely to obtain global buy-in when doing something that works for your business and its employees. True altruism is achieved by being a little more selfless, however, so consider how your CSR or sustainability activities might benefit everyone inclusively.
  4. To truly stand out and make your responsibility count, find ways to engage regularly with your cause: encourage walking meetings to generate discussion among your businesses advocates and champions whilst simultaneously boosting wellbeing through outdoor contact; host a monthly gardening club to grow herbs and create a wildlife area, or consider adopting a beehive, for example.
  5. Champions are critical to the success of corporate responsibility programs: recruit a team to lead the cause and maintain the momentum, acting as a communication channel within your organisation to share and inspire.
  6. Demonstrate the importance to your organisation of corporate responsibility by recognising or rewarding employee engagement. With Bees for Business you’ll enjoy jars of your own delicious, raw, British honey from your hive, which make ideal, meaningful gifts.
  7. Be proud of the active role you are playing. Many businesses use corporate responsibility as nothing more than a tick in a box: engage with your local, industry and national press to confidently champion your cause. We provide Bees for Business customers with a Press Pack, with most of the work already done for you.
  8. Simple things can make a big difference. Corporate social responsibility doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Simply hanging bird feeders (and keeping them topped up throughout the year!) to support local wildlife is better than doing nothing. Find something that is easily achievable for you; most things can be scaled up in time when resources allow.
  9. Aim to move forwards and truly make a difference with your program, rather than repeating the same things for the sake of it. With an adopted beehive you’re continuously improving the environment by supporting a living infrastructure and helping to prevent the decline of the native, British honeybee population, whilst benefiting from the myriad health benefits of raw honey.
  10. Keep employees up to date with progress, achievements and future plans for corporate responsibility: all too often interest and engagement fizzles out because people aren’t kept engaged.

Watch the video and download your FREE information guide at www.beesforbusiness.com

 

 

Banana Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

30ml Star of Bombay

10ml Banane du Brésil liqueur

20ml Fresh lemon juice

20ml Honey water (3 parts honey, 1 part water)

50ml Champagne

Method:

Step 1:

Shake lightly with ice then strain into a coupe, top with the Champagne.

Step 2:

Garnish with a fresh orange zest.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

HOW TO MAKE HONEY WATER

Use warm water so it’s easier to blend with the honey. Pour the specific amount of warm water into a cup or cocktail shaker if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise. Spoon into the warm water the specific amount of honey. Stir. That’s it!

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Apricot Fix Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

15ml Sage infused honey water
(3 parts honey, 1 part water, infused with fresh sage)

25ml Fresh lime juice

5ml Green Chartreuse

10ml Apricot liqueur

35ml Woodford Reserve

Method:

Step 1:

Build in a rocks glash and churn with crushed ice.

Step 2:

Garnish with dried apricot and 2 fresh sage leaves.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

HOW TO MAKE HONEY WATER

Use warm water so it’s easier to blend with the honey. Pour the specific amount of warm water into a cup or cocktail shaker if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Tom Cruise. Spoon into the warm water the specific amount of honey. Stir. That’s it!

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Hunny’s Lemonade Alcohol-Free Cocktail Recipe

We teamed up with one of our Business Beehive Adoption clients, The Ned hotel in London, to create some exciting cocktails with honey at their heart, using honey from their adopted hive here on the farm. Head of Bars, Dan Berger, shook up a honey storm behind the bar with these delicious recipes you can try at home!

Ingredients:

40ml Honey water (3 parts honey, 1 part water)

20ml Fresh lemon juice

20ml Fresh lime juice

100ml Soda water

Method:

Step 1:

Build in a highball glass with ice.

Step 2:

Served in a highball glass with a ginger candy garnish.

Step 3:

Sit back, sip slowly and enjoy that Friday feeling…

 

We all love to celebrate the weekend or a special Birthday with a little tipple but please remember to drink responsibly.

Position Statement on the keeping of honeybees

Bees & Co. was founded by honeybee farmer, Jez Rose. A student of the Cornell University Master Beekeeper program, our beekeeping practice is ethical, sustainable and science-led. There are many inaccurate reports regarding managed honeybees and its ethics; this position statement aims to set out our position on our approach to managing honeybee colonies and some of the most common misinformation surrounding managed honeybees.