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If you are considering becoming a beekeeper, it’s well worth your while to check out your local beekeeping club. The Nevada County Beekeepers Association offers beekeeping classes, monthly meetings with informative programs, newsletters, a well-stocked lending library, and more; meetings are on the first Monday of the month at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall. For beekeepers in the Sacramento region, don’t miss the Sacramento Area Beekeepers Association. (You can browse for your local organization here.) Joining a club is a great way to meet other bee-folk, get advice, find local beekeepers selling bees and equipment, and even meet someone to mentor with. An indispensable resource!
Take a look inside a beehive, watch a swarm in action, and see how we extract our honey.
Randy Oliver’s Web site
Janet and Mike Brisson’s Web site
Most beekeepers use Langstroth hives with stacking boxes and removable frames of comb, but some people swear by top bar hives. This page offers an explanation of top-bar hives, as well as instructions for building your own.
This slideshow, from The Daily Green, gives a good overview of beekeeping on a small scale: “If you can garden, you can be a beekeeper. It takes about the same amount of time and effort to keep your veggies producing as it does to keep bees. One big bonus of beekeeping: They help your vegetables, flower and other garden plants thrive! Oh, and then — of course — there’s the honey (not to mention the joy of a new hobby, and the knowledge that you’re doing something to help bees at a time when this critical pollinator is in crisis).”
National Honey Bee Awareness Day: Getting Started In Beekeeping
A handy checklist of things to consider if you’d like to get your own hive. (“Bee Day” is on August 21!)
This free publication covers stings, swarms, top-bar hives, wheelchair beekeeping, bee removal from walls and ceilings, and much more.