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Lincoln on Local: Honeybees – Profits and Prophets

Lincolnby Lincoln Crum | About Lincoln | My father was a beekeeper when I was a kid, he loved them. We had over 10 hives at one time and he taught adult education classes at Ivy Tech and IUS on the subject of bees, beekeeping and honey extraction. He produced honey, set up at the 4H Fair, flea markets and was overall committed to teaching people about the power of Bees.

As I ponder the lessons I learned during this time of my life I find gratitude in the fact that I loved that my dad took on this hobby, but I did not love bees. I didn’t like to get stung. All of the buzz around my face and head made me nervous. So, I wasn’t very “hands on” with that element of the process. But, I was very hands on with the “extraction” process. Getting the honey out of the comb was one of my favorite things to harvest on our family farm. I can still see the big barrel that we would spin and the spigot where the honey would come out, the taste of fresh honey will be with me forever.

The layers of a honey bee beehive share a lot of similarities with my approach to being “local” in our community. Most people think the only thing that comes from bee hives are bees, honeycomb and stings! Did you know there are multiple layers of what you get with the extraction process?

Honey Bee Layers of Products

  1. Honey – Liquid gold, mostly known product, devoured by millions.

  2. Beeswax – Actual foundation walls, built by worker bees.

  3. Bee Bread – Fermented recipe that serves as a nutrient to feed the hive.

  4. Bee Brood – Eggs of honey bees, a delicacy.

  5. Propolis – Resin mixture that fills in cracks within the hive.

  6. Royal Jelly – Honey bee secretion that nourishes the larvae, i.e. the MOST important part of the hive.

If you take the same layers and apply the local concept you have one that looks quite similar.

Local Business Layers

  1. Honey: Local Business – The product that everyone sees, whether it be a restaurant, service business, mom and pop bodega, etc..

  2. Beeswax: Bricks and Mortar, now Digital as well – The beeswax of local economy can be found in our physical locations, the Web, our infrastructure of roads, sidewalks, etc. The aspects that make our businesses unique.

  3. Bee Bread: Education and support – The ability of a local community to educate, inspire and motivate the younger generation. Sell them on the power of “local”, reinvesting in their community and provide a reason for people to remain a member of the community.

  4. Bee Brood: Creative and ideas – One of most important elements is the bee brood. The best part of local business can be found in the creative process, doing something different and ideas for ways that business can expand locally, grow their community.

  5. Propolis: Community involvement – This is paramount to the success of a hive or a local community. The resin of small business can be found on every corner of Main Street in America. People helping people. Filling in for a friend. Getting out of your comfort zone and meeting new people, that don’t always look or sound like you.

  6. Royal Jelly: Profits and Prophets – Small businesses do best when they produce a profit! The goal of most of these businesses is to make enough money to support their family and give back to their community. Local Prophets start emerging as well when this happens. People gather, organize and get involved because other people are doing the same.

There are so many factors that come into play with beehive and community construction. It can be very complex. It can also be very simple. I like the correlation.

Keeping it Local…Lincoln


My name is Lincoln Crum and I am a Local. I am a husband, a father, a kickass grandfather, son, friend and lifelong resident of Clark County.

My dad is an Auctioneer, I am an Auctioneer. My grandfather and three grandfather’spast were farmers. Being #Local is a part of our DNA. I love all things LOCAL.

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