Morgan Freeman Has a New Job: Beekeeper

Morgan Freeman, the accomplished actor, film director, philanthropist, and producer — he’s an executive producer on the CBS drama, Madam Secretary — may now add another profession to his impressive résumé. Freeman is now a beekeeper. Learn all about Freeman’s new job ahead.

Freeman became a beekeeper in 2014

During an appearance with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in 2014, Freeman discussed his new job. At the time, Freeman had been keeping bees for a few weeks.

Freeman converted his 124-acre Mississippi ranch, his primary residence, into a bee sanctuary. The state is close to his heart, as Freeman told Southern Living.

“I’ve lived in New York and L.A., San Francisco and Chicago. I got tired of the crowds and feeling as though I lived in a dungeon, no matter what floor I was on,” Freeman said. “I started coming home to Mississippi in the mid’ 80s and I realized that, gosh, I’m not really ever relaxed until I get here.”

I’ve lived in New York and L.A., San Francisco and Chicago. I got tired of the crowds and feeling as though I lived in a dungeon, no matter what floor I was on,” Freeman said. “I started coming home to Mississippi in the mid’ 80s and I realized that, gosh, I’m not really ever relaxed until I get here.”

The amount of space Freeman has in Mississippi allowed to him get a substantial number of beehives when he took on beekeeping. He ordered 26 beehives from Arkansas, which were sent to his ranch.

Morgan Freeman and Jimmy Fallon
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“They’re out of their own environment,” Freeman told Fallon. “They don’t know where the food is, so I have to feed them regularly. You give them two parts sugar, one part water,” Freeman added.

Freeman doesn’t wear beekeeping suit

Don’t expect Freeman to wear a beekeeping suit when he feeds his bees. “What I’ve discovered is that I don’t have to put on a bee suit or anything to feed them,” he told Fallon, who immediately implored him to wear the suit because not wearing one was a “rookie mistake.”

Freeman then told Fallon he had “never been stung” and that he wouldn’t get stung because he resonates with the bees. The beekeeping suits are for those who don’t resonate with the bees, Freeman said.

He doesn’t harvest the honey made by the bees and has no intention of disrupting the hive, according to Forbes. So, if you had dreams of Freeman selling his own honey, we’re sorry to say they’re not going to come true any time soon.

Morgan Freeman
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As he said in his interview with Fallon, Freeman had to feed the bees because they were out of their usual environment and didn’t know where to find food. In addition to the sugar and water mixture for the bees to have for food, Freeman has had bee-friendly plants installed at his ranch.

Lavender, magnolia trees, clover, and other plants that bees are known to enjoy have been planted on Freeman’s 124-acre ranch making his land a true sanctuary for honeybees.

Honeybees are ‘foundation’ of growth on planet

Honeybees need all the help they can get because their numbers have been declining. They “are dealing with many stressors: chemicals, loss of wildflowers, climate change, nutrition and viruses,” according to NPR.

And the journal, Science, says the lower numbers may be attributed to parasites, pesticides, and habitat loss. Clearly, there are a number of environmental factors in play that affects honeybees.

Honeybees are an especially vital part of the planet’s ecosystems. And that’s why honeybees are important to Freeman.

“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,” Freeman told Fallon, according to Forbes.