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Corona Crisis Sees Surge in Responsible Businesses Adopting Beehives

The Coronavirus has put a stop to a lot of things, but it’s also shined a spotlight on the importance of finding innovative ways to maintain engagement with staff and stakeholders, whilst simultaneously embracing novel methods of cutting through a lot of noise to ensure your brand and its values continue to be seen.

Adopting a bee hive provides a corporate social responsibility (CSR) solution with maximum environmental impact.

Here on my farm, we’ve been providing businesses the opportunity to adopt working honeybee hives for three years now. In that time we’ve worked with clients from a wide range of sectors: hospitality; creative; retail, and automotive, including The Ned hotel in London; Tom Sellers’ Michelin-starred Restaurant Story and Sophie Allport. We’ve attracted some of the most iconic brands in Britain, but one thing that connects them all is the realisation just how important it is to be able to demonstrate in what ways they are a responsible business. Simply talking about “doing your bit” is no longer enough – you need to be seen to be acting, and with a clearly positive outcome.

According to Business Case for Purpose, companies with a clearly defined sense of purpose are up to 50% more likely to successfully expand into a new market.

Fortunately, my work as a conference host and consulting on behaviour insight has brought me up close to business challenges. It was this that helped show me exactly what my clients needed, and we were fortunate

Unique Teambuilding Experiences at Jez’s Farm


For over 15 years Jez’s work in the corporate sector has been bringing company individuals together, and now here at Jez’s farm, we’ve launched an exciting range of corporate team building experiences.

Escape the office to the beautiful surroundings of rural Lincolnshire and the world’s first carbon neutral honey farm for engaging and inspirational half or full days of collaboration, problem solving and wellbeing.

Workshops on the Farm in 2020!

A range of exciting workshops and experience days have launched for 2020 at Jez’s farm

It’s a real hive of activity here as the team come together to improve the space ready for our workshops and gift experiences days in 2020.

We’ve installed a brick ramp up to the barn; completely redesigned the fruit, vegetable, jewel and cottage gardens; planted up an outdoor teaching area underneath the cherry tree with willow and a native hedgerow border; installed a new 23 foot

New video series! Organic Eats & Garden Treats

Kathy Slack and Jez Rose in their new online video series Organic Eats & Garden Treats

I don’t mind admitting that there’s been a bit of a crisis here at the farm and I found myself right at the centre of it.

There’s been a conundrum with my carrots; a shake-up with my shallots and if I’m honest I’ve been perturbed with my parsnips.

Despite my best organic growing efforts, almost

Exciting new workshops at the farm!

A new range of exciting workshops on the farm start in November with Christmas Wreath Making!

Since I moved to the farm I’ve run a few workshops for companies and obviously we’ve become well known in that time for running the beekeeping workshops and experience days, which have been hugely popular, but quite a large part of the work here has been in developing a bare one acre site into almost entirely pollinator-friendly planted gardens.

We’ve been busy installing new areas to the gardens, planting flower beds and developing plant schemes for all year round colour and interest, and because of that focus on the outside space, we’ve created a new and exciting range of workshops for all throughout the year.

Back in 2016 I began a research project to investigate the impact of nature on health, wellbeing and behaviour and our work here on the farm has only brought me closer to the incredible power that nature has, entirely naturally and scientifically evidenced, on human health and wellbeing.

The new workshops start next month in November with Christmas Wreath Making Workshops and Christmas Natural Present Topper Workshops – and then through 2020 include Designing Your Own Organic Edible Garden; Fire Pit Feast Cooking; Wild Flower Posey Arranging and Make Your Own Charcoal and Draw workshops, many with new guest tutors.

I hope to see you here at the farm soon; if you’ve been before, you won’t recognise it now – we’ve been so busy! You can meet the dogs and also Cat, our lovely new farm manager who is doing a fantastic job of keeping me in check and laughing at the correct moments at my terrible jokes. She’s great.

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Behind the Scenes of My 2 New Books – Becoming a “Children’s Author”

It feels quite strange writing this because I never set out to be a children’s author and neither do I consider myself one, however, as a result of writing two books for children, I’ve recently been referred to as just that. And it leaves me with a sense of the imposter syndrome!

To celebrate their launch I thought I’d offer an insight behind the scenes into the development of both books.

The Story Behind the Stories

Both Zooster McFlooster & the Very Big Sneeze and The Sock Thief were scribbled in the back of my notebook and written entirely for

We’ll Pay You Later

Imagine that today your computer broke. They sometimes – thankfully rarely, although usually when you really need them or are in the middle of something important – transition rapidly from absolutely fine to complete meltdown.

Well, imagine that happened at work. You’ve no backup computers and the long term solution is, of course, to replace the computer. You’re going to need to buy one but when you call the computer supplier, you tell them that you want the computer now but won’t pay them until three months time.

Or imagine that you decide you’re going to all get together and have a nice coffee from the independent coffee shop near your office, sending out someone to get takeaway coffees every lunchtime. When you order them you tell the coffee shop owner that you’ll pay them in three months time.

There is an increasing trend by organisations – large organisations with tens of millions of pounds of profit – to tell suppliers their

It’s Okay for It To Not Be Okay

When the sparrow was deftly plucked from the bird feeder at great speed and then eaten by the sparrow hawk, I was stunned. I stood and watched the whole thing unfold and as I looked on, filled with an equal sense of awe and fascination and sadness and disgust, contemplating whether I was in the right place at the right time or the wrong place at the wrong time.

Can you spot the pesky woodpecker eating nuts, not bees.

When we first moved to the farm we didn’t really see many birds, nor hear them either. There was the punctual barn owl that takes its hunting flight at seven o’clock each evening and the occasional blackbird, robin or sparrow flitting about in the hedges. After we installed

The Culture Claptrap – why is culture not more important?

Ask any CEO, anyone with the title “Head of”, a Brand Manager or anyone in human resources and they’ll all tell you – no matter what industry or organisations type they’re from – that culture is key.

And why wouldn’t they? They’re hardly going to say: “we don’t really care what working environments are like; we’re far too busy for that investing in product and margins – people should put up, shut up and bloody well get on with it”, are they? Yet organisations don’t need to verbalise that as actions speak louder than words: what we do – or don’t do – often has a greater impact that words.

The dreary impact of a lack of focus on environment.

I’m still hearing

Listen to the Bees – Work In Silos!

Honeybee hives can teach organisations a lot about efficient and efficacious models of teamwork.

You may – or may not – know that  I’m a beekeeper.

As we launch the nationwide expansion of Bees for Business, I’ve written this short article on what observing the honeybee teaches about working more effectively, communicating better and more efficient teamwork in your organisation.

During the peak, summer season the average honeybee hive can