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Feature   January 21, 2014   by CARS Magazine

Down Time: Finding balance away from the shop

Chris Baughman of C.B. Automotive says beekeeping helps him relax.


We know you’re passionate about your work… but sometimes the shop can be a stressful place. Allowing yourself time to decompress and find balance is important for you, your staff, and your business.

How do you recharge your batteries? Let us know and you could be featured in our latest monthly column, Down Time.

 

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Ontario shop owner says beekeeping is ‘all the buzz’

 

By Sarah Voigt

When Chris Baughman needs to unwind after a busy day at the shop, he spends some time with his friends… all 480,000 of them.

Only three years ago, the Bancroft, Ont. shop owner discovered his passion for beekeeping. Since then his backyard colony has grown to eight hives, and he also looks after several other hives in the area.

“You have to be calm when you deal with bees, because if you drop or show any aggression, you’ll get stung. Looking after the bees helps me relax, because it forces me to relax!”

Baughman, who was a finalist in the Canadian Technician of the Year competition last year, is now a member of the Ontario Beekeeper Association, and he likes to share his knowledge of bees with his community.  

“The honeybee is important to our environment. Chemical-free honey tastes good and is good for you, and the pollen the bees carry is the best treatment for allergies. They’re not nearly as scary as most people think.”

Along with his wife, Jennifer, he recently launched a small business from his hobby. Hee-Bee-Gee-Bee Apiary and Bee Products sells unpasteurized local honey, pure beeswax candles, soaps, lotions, and beauty products made from the honey their bees produce. He also runs beekeeping workshops through Loyalist College in Bancroft, for anyone who wants to give beekeeping a try before they start their own hive.

“Looking after bees isn’t too hard, and you’ll rarely get stung if you know what you’re doing. With the number of bees declining each year, it’s a good idea to give it a try!”

 

Tell us how you find balance by sending an email to sarah@canadiantechnician.ca.  


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