“It’s a sweet journey spiced with stings “

“It’s a sweet journey spiced with stings “

A day in the life of Ronny Karlinsky, Beekeeper, member of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai


Ronny is a Kibbutz Beekeeper, stopped counting the number of stings, admires bees’ hard-working attitude and explains how it’s like to work around bees all day long. The following article was published on Haartez newspaper


“my name is Ronny Karlinsky, member of the Yad Mordechai Kibbuz, 68 years old, father of two. I arrived at the kibbutz in the early 80’s and at first, I worked in the auto repair shop. I later decided to change direction and started teaching geography. At the first few years I was a teacher and after that I became the head principle where I worked for a decade”

“at 2006 I left for the Yad Mordechai bee hive, not before I received my son’s acceptance. He has been working there for years and agreed as long as he won’t need to work with me every day. That is how a sweet journey spiced with stings started. The Yad Mordechai bee hive very large and deals with producing honey, agriculture and various other things for the kibbutz and for other bee hives”

5:00 am

My morning starts a few seconds before sunrise. I get up, drink my first coffee and ride my bicycle through the paths of the kibbutz. The kibbutz is a part of me, and I am a part of it

6:00 am

We meet at the hive, loading our equipment, wearing our gear, eating a light breakfast and going out to the field (a 40 min drive). Right before we arrive, we are divided in to groups and each team go to their territory.

Ever since I started working as a beekeeper, I assume I have been stung hundreds of times. At some point I stopped counting. My interest in the field started when I was a boy at elementary school.

08:30 am

Building summer homes for the bees. We arrive to the first group of bees and we simply build new hives. We slowly open the mother give, locate the queen and divide the groups of bees. Some of them are left with the senior queen bee and some receive a new queen that we created.

The heat and moisture are a burden but that is the life of the beekeeper. We drink water and keep quiet. At the end of the process we load the new hives with a crane and locate them in their new location in the northern area that’s blooming these days. The new hive is open.

11:00 am

We move on to the second bee group and do the same. Where is the air conditioner?

Summer, winter, spring or autumn, beekeepers like me have work 365 days a year. As someone who loves nature every season has its own uniqueness. I find spring to be the most charming of them all.

14:00 pm

Collecting our gear and getting ready to get back to the hive. The honey collecting process starts in the field where the team delivers the honey structure and transfers them to the extraction machine, basically a centrifuge that spins and “throughs” out the honey. The honey is being filtered and streamed in to a giant tank where in barrels it is being transferred to the factory that is being operated by Yad Mordechai and Strauss Group.

Every work has its routines but sometimes we have surprising days as well. Two years ago, a guy I met wanted to be a beekeeper and found out, not the easy way, that he is allergic to bees.

15:00 pm

Going back to the kibbutz. I love the effort and satisfaction from my work. Bees inspire me with their hard working attitufe.

16:30 pm

Eating lunch and getting ready for my daily workout – either at the gym or riding my mountain bikes. As someone who values his health, I never give it up. During the weekends I spend more time with sports and at the end of my practice I eat a slice of bread with honey

19:30 pm

Reading a little bit and going over the pictures from my latest adventures. A few years ago, I took a photography class in tel aviv and that has enabled me to keep my memories documented. My last trip was to Namrod Fortress in the north

21:00 pm

Night time in the Kibbutz. I eat dinner and getting ready to call it a day. Tomorrow is a new day