Meet the Modern Farmer: Camilla Goddard - Modern Farmer

Meet the Modern Farmer: Camilla Goddard

Hopping from rooftop to rooftop. Staging dramatic rescues. Wearing a goofy costume. It's all in a day's work for eco-superhero Camilla Goddard, London's busiest beekeeper.

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Hopping from rooftop to rooftop. Staging dramatic rescues. Wearing a goofy costume. It’s all in a day’s work for eco-superhero Camilla Goddard, London’s busiest beekeeper. She maintains an astonishing 80 hives atop schools, hotels, and office buildings around the city – some hers, the rest for clients – and is often called in to capture and re-home rogue swarms.

While Goddard, 44, has a waiting list for her honey, she says the product isn’t the point: “People often feel rather hopeless when it comes to the environment, and one way for them to make a difference is by keeping pollinators in their area alive.”

So the apiarist leads classes for schools, wildlife centers, and even courting couples. “I’ve had guys call and say, ‘I really want to impress this lady.’ Maybe it’s a thrill date to do something a bit scary. . . like go-karting?” she muses. Or perhaps it’s simply a way to connect with the natural world. “Tending bees is like meditation,” Goddard says. “You have to slow down. I notice differences among my many colonies. They’ve become my work colleagues. And when all’s well and the nectar’s owing, they do a joy dance.”

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