We had the good fortune of connecting with Marvin Jordana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marvin, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
My business helps the community by raising awareness about honey bees, pollinators and beneficial insects. I help people get over their fear of bees by having beekeeping workshops that teach them about the benefits of honey bees for the environment. My apiary provide a chemical free environment where honey bees can live treatment free, meaning no chemicals or sugar are ever put in the hives. I follow a bee-centric approach and consider them to be sacred beings. If Indians think cows are holy, well cows don’t have anything on bees, no offense but cows will never save the world by pollinating an entire planet so that we can have so many varieties of fruits, nuts and vegetables. They have been pollinating earth’s trees and flowers for over 100 million years for free. They have a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with mother earth, meaning everyone benefits from bees, while humans have a parasitic relationship with the planet.
I think we can learn a lot from them, they lead by non-verbal communication and exemplify a loving community that takes care of everyone in the hive.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work as a beekeeper is very labor intensive, I don’t know why anyone would even attempt it unless they were truly passionate and a little crazy and most importantly have bonded with this super organism literally through blood, venom, sweat and tears. We are all one and are not really separate, but what sets me and other beekeepers apart is the determination and persistence to rescue, relocate and rehabilitate a wild colony of bees. This takes a lot of work and is physically and emotionally taxing. Beekeeping is not always as romantic as it sounds. I get really excited right before I’m about to inspect a hive or do a rescue because you never know what to expect, they are very unpredictable to a certain extent. What you see via online videos is just a small aspect, you really have to experience it first hand. Videos can never translate how warm a wax comb filled with baby bees feel in your hand, they’re temperate is just two degrees below ours.
I got to where I am today professionally by engaging the public through Airbnb experiences and learning about bee behavior so that I can safely guide people as if they were in a meditation work shop with thousands of stinging insects buzzing all around them, in a bee suit of course. It wasn’t easy at first, there were challenges in the beginning but I was able to get over those hurdles by learning to observe human and honey bee behavior. It’s really about reading energy, something that the bees taught me.
The most important lesson I learned along the way was that bees have a mutualistic symbiotic relationship with the planet earth, meaning the entire planet and the bees benefit from the work they do. Humans can learn a lot from them because currently, humanity has a parasitic symbiotic relationship with mother earth.
I want the world to know that we don’t have much time left, the future generations will have nothing to inherit if things continue to go the way of unfettered capitalism. The future is the most important thing to the bees, they make sure there are enough resources like honey, propolis and bee bread left behind for the next generation and that we should not rob them of that pursuit for happiness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friends to a couple of my apiaries and have a picnic, bring some craft beers, cheese, fruits, homemade jam, aged single origin honey while overlooking a beautiful 360 degree view of the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like a shoutout to all the people that helped me along the way, my mom who has given me so much innovative advice and helped me catch my first bee colony, my son Max who helped me on so many beekeeping night adventures, my ex girlfriend Jacquelin Windus who was the catalyst for me becoming a beekeeper, my mentors Kirk Anderson he’s an L.A. legend and Walker Rollins. Cyndi Hubach who’s been so supportive all these years, my beekeeping partner Jennifer Power, without her, there wouldn’t be someone there to share the fear of all the dangerous beekeeping adventures throughout the years. All the wonderful people that support the bees and give me permission to have an apiary in their beautiful yards. Also a shoutout to all my friends who believed in me and encouraged me to continue even when times were tough.
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