Damina Magista, beekeeper, founder of Bee Local and host of the realty series Wild Honey.
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Wild Honey follows urban beekeeper, adventurer Damian Magista as he travels around the globe in search of liquid gold. Damian is embedded in the food culture in the city of Portland, OR and the award winning chefs he works with love the “terroir” based honey he supplies.
Since wild honey carries it’s own distinct local flavor profile Damian’s company, Bee Local, has recently expanded to find international sources for honey and this has put Damian on the hunt for the truly rare, the sometimes secret and usually dangerous wild honey.
Indigenous people around the world have honey hunting traditions that risk life and limb to gather various honeys in remote dangerous locales. They risk being attacked by wild animals, falling to their death from cliffs or giant trees and obviously there are the bees themselves to contend with.
On the way he will experience cultural and culinary rarities. Damian will take part in their traditions, food, discuss honey hunting/beekeeping techniques, traditions and science. He will cover current issues surrounding bees, appropriate to each region he’s exploring. Damian’s contacts are often wildlife experts and conservationists who are helping to create sustainable agricultural communities in these remote areas.
In the end Damian comes away with some fairly traded honey he can share with his clients and experiences that are priceless.