Beekeeping 101

Starting Beekeeping: Find a Beekeeping Mentor

By Laura Tyler – Mentoring is a traditional way for beekeepers to teach people starting beekeeping about tending bees. However, finding a mentor, someone who is both knowledgeable about hive management …

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What’s Better? Buying Bees or Catching Swarms?

By Ed Dane – Is buying bees better than catching bee swarms? It is if you buy nucs. There are several ways to start beekeeping. Most beginners start buying bees via …

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The Ins and Outs of Buying Bees
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

Every spring potential beekeepers begin to get excited about starting to keep bees. They read beekeeping books and articles, and talk to experienced beekeepers about everything from setting up their …

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8 Ways to Be a Courteous Backyard Beekeeper
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

Being a good beekeeping neighbor is something all backyard beekeepers should be concerned about. When we started talking about keeping bees we knew we’d have to be careful since our …

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Do All Bees Make Honey?
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

“Do all bees make honey?” That is a question people often ask us. The answer is, “No.” There are more than 20,000 species of bees and only one bee, the …

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5 Honey Bees to Consider, Including Buckfast Bees
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

One of the first questions a beekeeper asks is, “What kind of bees should I keep?” There are many bees to choose from: Carniolan, German, Italian, Russian, and Buckfast bees, …

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Adventures in Raising Honey Bees

By D. Parnell, Tennessee – I am not a professional beekeeper in any way, shape or form. It’s been said that if you speak with 25 different beekeepers, you’ll learn of 25 different methods raising …

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Top 10 Reasons for Starting Beekeeping

Why are honeybees important? Honeybees are important not because of honey, which certainly is a tasty, nutritious and more importantly, environmentally neutral sweet but honey is simply a by-product of pollination. Pollination is the most important thing honeybees do. Pollination is the transfer of pollen (male) to structures (stigma) on another flower of the same species.

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How to Start a Honey Bee Farm
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

This year we started our honey bee farming project. I wanted to do this for the last couple of years but for one reason or another, it didn’t work out …

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My Honey Bee Farming Project Year One
February 1, 2019 . · Beekeeping 101

This year was our first for keeping bees on the homestead. First we had to learn all about starting beekeeping, and I am glad we started by talking to other …

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