Morgan Freeman, actor, film director and philanthropist has added a new title to his name: Beekeeper. The 81-year-old celebrity decided to convert his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a bee sanctuary.
Morgan Freeman’s foray into beekeeping began in 2014, where he discussed his new hobby with Jimmy Fallon during The Tonight Show. Freeman had taken up beekeeping just a couple of weeks before appearing on the show and talked about his experience keeping bees and the need to preserve and save wild bees for healthy environments.
“There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation…” – Morgan Freeman
He imported 26 bee hives from Arkansas to his ranch in Mississippi. There, he works to feed the bees sugar and water and has help planting bee-friendly magnolia trees, lavender, clover, etc.
He also said that he never wears a bee suit or a bee hat and they haven’t stung him yet. He only feeds them and has no intention of harvesting honey or disrupting the beehives.