Apicultrice: interview with a French beekeeper in the Vercors Mountains

Magali has always had a passion for bees, and now she makes her own honey from wild flora in the Vercors mountain range. You’ll love her pretty voice and precise pronunciation.

To download the recordings and get the printed transcript, click here.

Track 2 (first track of the interview)
Magali lives in the Vercors Mountains and collects her honey at up to 1200 Meters above sea level. What brought her to this region and to this profession?

Track 3
So, please tells us how bees make honey.

Track 4
Right now, there is a lot of work, because you are in the harvest period, right? Tell us about the cycles of production during the year. Everything depends upon the queen, is that so?

Track 5
So you make ‘artisanal honey,’ right? Can you tell us about the difference between your honey and what you call ‘intensive honey?’

Track 6
In the last few years, French beekeepers have been complaining about pesticides. Do you have those same problems here, high up in the mountains?

Track 7
So, the honey that you are harvesting now will be in jars and available for sale in how many days or weeks?

Track 8
You told us that your bees produce honey from wild plants. What sorts of honey do you produce? And when you tell us that it is ‘chestnut honey’ or ‘linden-tree honey,’ how can you be sure, since you can’t follow the bees around each day?

Track 9
However, the bees do surprise us sometimes. You might think that if we put the hives on a lavender field and the lavender doesn’t give any nectar, that the bees would just take a vacation and relax. But no! Instead, they might go off and find chestnut trees. In that case, instead of a thick white honey we expect…

Track 10
How did you get into beekeeping? Please tell us about that first experience going to buy honey with your parents and about this neighbor who wanted to retire…

The links above give you the following recordings:

  • Original

  • Slowed-down 25%

  • Pronunciation tips by Dave

  • Slow echoing