#63: Andy & Bonnie Swanson - Owners of Cat's Paws Bees Pt 1

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Episode Summary:

Andy & Bonnie are the owners of Cat’s Paws Bees Honey! We get into farming, bees, and so much more! This is part 1 of their interview! Come back next week for Part 2!

Key Points of Interest:

  • How did they get started in bee’s?
  • Where did Andy and Bonnie grow up?
  • What changed the trajectory of Andy’s life?
  • What was Andy’s original professional plan?
  • What was Bonnie’s defining moment?
  • What is her professional background?
  • How did they end up in Washington?
  • What was Andy’s jobs?
  • How has his experiences helped him in Bee Keeping?
  • How was farming different for them up here vs Fresno, CA?
  • Find out where most of the almonds in the world are grown.
  • What is the most profitable type of farming?
  • How does it relate to bees?
  • What are some of the issues with only having the bees pollinating one type of crop?
  • How did the varroa mites destroy the bee community?
  • When did Hawaii get the mites?
  • What is another type of insect that destroys bees nest?
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