Ready to get jump into the world of beekeeping? There are tons
of reasons to start this hobby, but first, know what you are
getting yourself into. Beekeeping is not the type of hobby you just
dive into without the right information and tools. Just like
adopting a dog requires a crate and food and toys, taking up
beekeeping as a hobby requires preparation. From a veil and gloves
to a hive stand, there are items you need before you start. Just as
there are so many variables in owning a pet, managing a bee hive
has many of the same facets. So keep that in mind as you
One great tip for beginners is to join a Bee Association - it
will be one of your most valuable resources. Through organizations
you gain much knowledge on the local honey plants, your needs as
far as equipment in your area, the availability of bee inspectors,
state laws, and the opportunity to meet a mentor that will help you
with any challenges. The experience of going into a hive with
someone that has kept bees for several years is extremely helpful.
Don't know where to begin? Check out the
Bee Association Map for a full list of Bee Associations.
Once you have decided to join the beekeeping world, you will
quickly learn that the rewards are great! Tending to bees will
bring you in touch with nature and allows for a relaxing atmosphere
as you work with your bees. As your hives grow, so will their
production and your discovery of their potential. So, why start
Sweet Reward. The delicious treat that can come
out of your backyard: Honey. The best attraction for new beekeepers
is the ability to extract your own honey. A single colony can
produce a surplus of 60 to 80 pounds of honey. Yum!
The Pollinators. One third of our diet comes
either directly or indirectly from bee pollinated crops. The person
with just a few hives in their backyard is playing a vital role in
American agriculture. Even the backyard hives begin to create a
noticable difference in personal gardens.
Other Outputs. The reward of honey is just one
outcome of your bee hive that you can collect. Other products bees
produce that can be put to good use include: beeswax, propolis, and
royal jelly. These other products can lead into other hobbies or
can be sold as a profit of your investment. Not many hobbies can
have a profitable return like beekeeping.
Ready to get started? If you think beekeeping sounds like the
hobby for you, check out Brushy Mountain Bee Farm for more information
or call 1-800-Beeswax!