Creating a buzz about local produce

Beekeeper Jez Daughtry with daughter Amelie

Beekeeper Jez Daughtry with daughter Amelie

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BEEKEEPER Jez Daughtry is hoping to spread the buzz about his lifestyle as part of a new series of courses at Tideswell School of Food.

Jez, who set up Sheffield Honey at Lower Bradfield two years ago, is offering a guided tour of his world – from examining a hive and learning how to use a smoker, to donning a bee suit, removing honeycomb frames for inspection, and identifying types of bees.

He says: “I’ve always enjoyed sharing my passion for beekeeping with others. It’s a chance to take away the misconceptions people have about keeping bees but at the same time understanding the responsibilities.”

Jez had built a successful career in IT, but gave up the high-tech life to pursue his love of bees.

He now runs a successful artisan business, producing local honeys and a range of beeswax products, but also running courses to induct others into his art.

“Working on a project like this with Tideswell School of Food ticks every box for us,” he says.

“It’s a chance for people to experience beekeeping and see where honey comes from, followed by an afternoon with a professional chef tasting the honey rewards.”

He believes more people would keep bees if they had a chance to see for themselves what’s involved: “Events like these are often the first steps in journey as people discover the joy of working with honey bees. For others it’s a one-off life experience – a day to remember either way,” he says.

Tideswell School of Food is working with a range of food producers to run its new series of Culinary Adventures.

These provide visitors with unique field-to-fork cookery activities which also include with fly fishing; chocolate making; milling and baking; foraging; and wine making.

Spokeswoman Kim Wathall said: “We hope our courses will appeal to locals and tourists alike, which will support other local businesses at the same time.” Details: www.tideswellschooloffood.co.uk

Lesley Draper