We didn't consider keeping our own Honey Bees until we discovered their unique design and purpose!
On this site, we will show you how to do it too, just like we have.
Here is a picture of my son and me working a few of our top-bar hives that we built. A top-bar hive is one of many different types of hives that bee keepers use. Among other reasons, we like using it (see our Bee keeping philosophy) because we don't have to be Superman to lift all those heavy honey boxes that are used in commercial hives. This might be a little confusing if you are completely new to beekeeping. That's why we're here, to share what we've learned, give you opportunities to share what you've learned and have a good time!
If you were to receive the knowledge, inspiration and encouragement to get started...we think you will agree that this hobby is a doable, rewarding and instructional experience.
This site serves a two-fold purpose...
1) Share our experiences...both our failures and successes.
2) Share knowledge and information about these wonderful insects.
DID YOU KNOW?
Of the 20,000 different
species in the world,
only SIX are honey bees!
These fascinating creatures keep our food supply intact. In many ways, the effort to minimize world hunger hangs on their wings. These insects are vital to certain food industries because they are super pollinators.
ENTOMOLOGY (the study of insects) has given us numerous facts about their anatomy, life cycle, dances, colonies, and different races (just to name a few). Their unique ability to communicate and demonstrate tireless diligence are admirable qualities!
You will be informed and inspired about the joys and challenges we face as our family shares life on our urban homestead.
The Bee Keeper learns to become an astute observer and learner! He/she will become knowledgeable about pollination, stings, feral colonies, the removal of unwanted hives and much more. You will also learn how you can build your own apiary by catching swarms and building bait hives without spending much money..
This hobby is an EXTREMELY enjoyable and rewarding activity, we hope you'll join us!
Bee removals are extremely rewarding.
Not only is the beekeeper providing a service to the resident, but he/she is also saving bees and building up their apiary. An added benefit is the genetic diversity gained through the introduction of potential feral colonies.
Here are some of my recent adventures...