Beekeeping is on our homestead goals for this year and we’re going to do it! We’ve been reading and researching about getting started the last few months but it was all pretty overwhelming at first. Learning about beekeeping is a daunting task! There are so many things to know and it can’t be learned by reading just one article. You have to buy the right equipment, tools, bee boxes, and order bees. The thought of producing our own honey inspired this goal, but we had no idea getting started in beekeeping was so daunting!
We asked some fellow bee keepers for advice on how to get started and have embarked on our beekeeping journey. We’re sharing this advice in case it might inspire you to become a beekeeper too!
Beekeeping for Beginners: Tips on How to Get Started
1. Find a local class. This was the number one piece of advice we were given from a multitude of bee keepers. The majority of folks we talked to said that participating in a class will give you a hands on education. A lot of communities have local beekeeping groups that are a wealth of information and support. Here’s a list created by Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping that lists beekeeping organizations by state. We were able to connect with a local group. They directed us to an upcoming low-cost class and guided us to a regional beekeeping supply company to place our order for bees.
3. Find a mentor. This is another highly recommended step when getting started. A lot of folks said that having a mentor to continually guide you in beekeeping is quite helpful. Some folks said they were able to meet a mentor through their local group. Others asked around and found a beekeeper willing to teach them the art of raising honey bees. Unlike a short term class, having a mentor provides ongoing learning and you can always reference them with questions.
3. Read articles on beekeeping. There is a wealth of information on the internet about being a bee keeper. Here are a few links to articles we found helpful:
- Beginning Beekeeping from The American Beekeeping Federation
- Getting Started Beekeeping from Common Sense Homesteading
- How to Prepare for Beekeeping from Homestead Lady
- Honey Bees- Hive Management by Better Hens and Gardens
- Beekeeping by Schneider Peeps
You can also follow our Beekeeping Pinterest board where we’re continually pinning new articles we find on anything and everything about beekeeping!
4. Read books on beekeeping. Some other beekeepers recommended several books they found helpful when they were learning. These are in our shopping cart to purchase when we place our next Amazon order:
- The Backyard Beekeeper- An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
- Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health
- Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
Beekeeping for beginners can be pretty daunting but don’t let it stop you from doing it! All this wise advice given to us from fellow beekeepers made a difference. We’re now connected with a local beekeeping group. My husband is signed up for a class that starts in a few weeks. The most exciting part? We ordered bees! There’s no turning back for us now. We have until May to prepare for them. We’ll continue sharing about our adventures in beekeeping so stay tuned!
Are you a beekeeper? Do you have any tips to share?
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