Beekeeping has always been one of those things in the back of my mind. One of those thoughts that I don’t even let fully surface before I knock it down. I would love to learn how to become a beekeeper, but...Or, wouldn’t it be fun to have a little beehive… And then life goes on, as it does, and I haven’t gotten a beehive, or learned the cello, or made my own shampoo. Our world doesn’t always make space for these little glimpses of ideas that make no sense and seem to serve no real purpose.
But more and more it feels like those odd little ideas and tiny nonsensical sparks ARE life. And they deserve our full attention, if we can trust just a little.
So how does a person who knows nothing about bees, learn how to become a beekeeper?
That’s what I plan to find out. And along the way I will learn all I can about bees, beekeeping and all the lovely products we humans get to enjoy from them. And also how we can all help keep our planet chock full of these necessary little buzzing creatures.
So where to start on the road to having your very own hive? Well, just like with anything else, you have to start where you are, with what you have. And I am starting at the very beginning, with nothing. My first step was the public library, where I found all the lovely books you see in the photo. I’m enjoying the Idiot’s Guide so far. I’ll let you know what’s next.
How anyone else might begin this journey depends on how they prefer to learn. Try one of these ideas if you are interested in finding out about how to get into beekeeping:
- Search the web for beginning info like videos or blogs that focus on how to get started. I’d search terms like starting beekeeping, beginners, beginners guide to beekeeping, etc.
- Find Beekeeping and community organizations in your area where they teach classes.
- If you’re lucky enough to know some beekeepers, go hang out or trade help and soak it all up.
- Go to the library or order books and READ up.
- Look around your neighborhood and town. You might discover a neighbor with bees who could give you a tour.
- Go check out any stores nearby that sell bees or beekeeping supplies. There are lots of suppliers online of course. Search buy bees, nucs, or beekeeping starter kits.
I know this post doesn’t actually tell you how to become a beekeeper like the title implies. The truth is, I don’t know the answer yet. But I will let you know what I learn. I am so excited to dive into my big stack of books! I promise the next posts will be more informative.
In the meantime I think I’ll have a cup of tea, with honey. Thanks bees!