PODCAST #16 · FRANK GOLBECK · HONEY MEAD, SAVING BEES

“Beauty and goodness are forces that kinds of create their own sustainment if you give yourselves to them."

Frank is a Southern Californian who spent his youth hanging out in nature. He pursued a career in the Navy until, on a prompt from his wife, realized that he needed more in his life. Today, he is the founder of Golden Coast Mead, a small meadery based in Oceanside California that supports healthy bee populations by buying organic honey from regenerative farms. Frank is a deeply thoughtful and deliberate guy and we really enjoyed the opportunity to learn from him!

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We had the pleasure of hanging out with Frank at his meadery in Southern California. It was a rather fun and joyous episode, in no way due to the delicious and unique organic mead we were tasting along the way 😉 Here’s what we covered (oh and sorry about the beeping!):

  • cheers to the audience over coffee mead tasting and a brief explanation of what mead actually is (~01:10)
  • Frank’s background, growing up in Southern California near his family’s apple ranch and a glimpse into the Californian lifestyle (~02:45)
  • Frank’s studies in economic development and then… the NAVY! (~04:20)
  • Running a ship aground, how the idea of Golden Coast Mead was born and Frank’s transition from the Navy to running his own business (~08:15)
  • Why Frank cares about nature and the incredible magic of sunshine, plants and bees (~13:00)
  • More on how amazing bees are including the organizational structure of the hives and how the bees’ choice of flower changes the taste of the mead (~18:00)
  • The true inspiration for Golden Coast Mead… Frank’s Grandpa’s mead… and how the seed was planted for Golden Coast Mead (~19:30)
  • Frank’s realization that he wasn’t happy and needed to make a change (~22:15)
  • Courage, support and following your passion (~23:30)
  • An overview of Golden Coast Meadwhy bees are so important to us as humans and how Golden Coast Mead helps protect bees (~25:15)
  • How industrial operations use rentedmobile bee hives to pollinate the crops that all of us depend on (~27:00)
  • Why we’re facing bee colony collapse disorder (~29:20)
  • Why agriculture is failing today and what the future could look like with better, localized Agroforestry and other holistic approaches that encourage biodiversity and eliminate the need for fertilizers (~30:00)
  • How Patagonia has a food company and wants to transform the food industry into a regenerative industry (~34:15)
  • An overview of the “Regenerative” concept (~34:30)
  • Growing awareness amongst consumers in Southern California (~37:00)
  • How being a little bit better is much more empowering than the overwhelming concept of being perfect (~39:00)
  • The Golden Coast Mead product range and the desired effect on customers (~44:35)
  • What’s next for Frank and Golden Coast Mead in 2018 (~51:45)
  • The mead community all over the world (~53:45)
  • Frank’s words of advice for anyone looking to make a jump onto a more meaningful path (~55:45)

“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the better."

NOTABLE LINKS

Golden Coast Mead:

Sustainable Jungle Podcast interview with Frank Golbeck - Honey Mead Saving Bees #inspiringpeople #honeymead #savethebees
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