Where fun & education collide
LINDSAY DAULT, Former Owner of Urban Bee Supplies Inc, Current Owner Country Bee Honey Farm
Lindsay Dault is a Master Beekeeper, BCHPA certified instructor, former adviser to the Senate on honeybee health, a published beekeeper in Backyard Roots, and a teacher to hundreds of students. She started Urban Bee Supplies over 10 years ago, when she thought she might get bored being a mom. She has since relocated her family of five to Victoria to pursue her dream of running a honey bee farm with her husband. Country Bee Honey Farm is the collaboration of both partners' hobbies: Jason does the birds, and Lindsay does the bees! They manage approximately 80 hives on the Saanich Peninsula, where they collect neighbourhood honey and produce seasonal nucs.
Lindsay's passion for beekeeping and teaching is clear when she stands in front of her students. She correlates basic human activities with activities the bees perform in the hive. This helps firmly instill the fundamentals all beekeepers must understand and elevates them from being good beekeepers to becoming great beekeepers.
JULIA COMMON, BSc & MSc Agriculture, Owner of Bees Actually, former Chief Beekeeper of Hives for Humanity
Julia Common is a Bee Master, BCHPA certified instructor and member of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturalists. Julia has been involved in beekeeping since her university days. What started as a summer job became first a hobby and later a career. From 2012 through to 2019 she acted as Chief Beekeeper for Vancouver-based society Hives for Humanity, which she co-founded along with her daughter Sarah Common.
Urban beekeeping has led her to a number of epiphanies concerning the health and welfare of both bees and humans. She's passionate about bees, teaching & life, and her courses stress the basic concepts of individual and colony biology, demonstrating how an understanding of these fundamentals can become the cornerstone of practical apiary management.
Since her retirement from Hives for Humanity, Julia has turned her focus to bee health and research through her new endeavour Bees Actually, started in 2020.