PRESERVATION BEEKEEPING COUNCIL
~Sharing the Wisdom of the Hive~
The Preservation Beekeeping Council (PBC) is a nonprofit organization
with a two-fold mission: We advocate for—and teach— sustainable, bee-centered methods of tending bees. We are also deeply engaged in promoting different ways of “beeing.” Years ago, Norwegian philosopher Arne Ness coined the now-famous phrase “deep ecology” to describe a process that incorporated not only science but heart and soul into ecological understanding and action. We believe the time has come for “deep bee-ing.”
“Deep Bee-ing” is a choice to go deeper with bees and their care and
preservation. What PBC promotes is more than a set of practices. While
our practices set the foundation for how we work with bees in our care,
Deep Bee-ing asks us to settle into the heart and soul of the
superorganisim, taking into consideration the relational, and for some,
spiritual aspects of being with bees. We are discovering that many people
want to interact with bees, but do not want to become keepers of hives.
PBC embraces all who love bees—keepers and bee enthusiasts alike. Our
projects extend from keeping new-style, bee-friendly hives, to teaching
people how to create bee gardens, to helping people created unmanaged
bee habits in yards and forests. PBC is also engaged in establishing “bee
cities,” a national certification for cities who engage in activities at the city level to improve the health and survival of honeybees.
Our passion is to develop and promote practices that put the bees’ health,
comfort, and wellbeing first. We are interested in the newest science on
wild bees and management principles that enable bees to live as close to
their wild state as possible. We put the needs of the bees first by asking
ourselves, “What is most aligned with their natural behavior?”
Our voice helps create a new kind of apiculture grounded in the wisdom of the bees, combined with the most current apicentric research. We bring together people who care about bees in ways that honor deep and respectful observation and collaboration.
We believe Deep Bee-ing may be the antidote to bring health and well-being back into our hives and communities. We offer our work through international outreach programs, school education, workshops, classes, conferences, written materials, discussion groups, books authored by our members, and digital teaching tools.
This site is also the home site for our Preservation Beekeeping Club in SouthWest Washington. We offer classes, retreats, special events, and mentoring to new beekeepers. And we are innovating all the time with hive styles and methods of working with our bees. We welcome you to join us in exploring “what bees want.”