There are several steps to become a successful beekeeper. One is contact your local beekeeping club. Make that contact to see when a beginner bee class will begin and begin attending monthly meetings.
REQUEST BEEKEEPER CATALOGS AND MAGAZINES
The next step is request beekeeping catalogs (Brushy Mountain, Mann Lake, Dadant, Rossman, and Miller Bee Supply). Those catalogs are very informative and you can familiarize yourself on equipment to purchase.
Set aside a budget of about $500 for all your supplies for one year. That includes, beginner class, two colonies, the woodenware, tools, and protective gear.
LOCATION AND ENVIRONMENT
Start looking for a place to put your bees. Bees need good diverse forage with lots of nectar and pollen. The best situation is different plants that offer blooms all year round. Bees need water, nectar and pollen to produce honey.
Consider how you can protect your bees from pesticides. You may want to have a conversation with neighbors using pesticides sparingly and make sure they know how to apply any chemicals on their blooming plants.
Buy a beekeeping book or books. We recommend “First Lessons in Beekeeping: Storey’s Guide to Keeping Bees” as a good introductory text. There are a ton of books out there but this a good one that will get you started.
Find a beekeeping mentor that will help you answer any questions you may have.
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow us on Facebook at SC State Beekeepers. We can help you with questions too. The State Association offers a bee class at our summer meeting. When you become a State Member you will get notification of all our events. Visit our website often to stay informed.
WHEN TO START
The spring is a good place to start keeping bees. So you have time between now and then to research and get involved in the meetings.
Wow, that is your homework assignment! Get Busy!
What does a honeybee look like?
Where do they nest?
Do all honey bee colonies have queens?
What do honey bees do?
Why are honey bees visiting my pool?
I am allergic to honey bees, what can I do?
I have a concern with my beekeeper in my neighborhood, what can I do?
If you are have a question about honeybees please contact someone in your local area by accessing the information listed under “Local Associations”. If you need to contact the SC State Association, please use the following contact information:
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