How To Start Beekeeping

Welcome To The Bee-utiful World of Beekeeping!

Beekeeping can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Whether you are an avid gardener, a honey connoisseur or just want to do your part to help the bees, one of the best ways to learn about bees is to have your own hives. In areas such as New York City where they have lifted the ban on beekeeping, it has become a very popular hobby and for some, a new business venture.

Marina Marchese

Marina Marchese handling a frame from her hives.

However, beekeeping is not something that one simply signs up for like a spin class at the gym or can be done in a leisurely manner like a crossword puzzle. It is a big responsibility and is also something that requires a basic understanding of bees. It can also be quite costly if you do not know what you are doing or have good guidance.

In this special segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will be joined by Marina Marchese, author of Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper and Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine to talk about how you can learn to become a beekeeper. We will talk about options for purchasing equipment, kinds of bees, where to locate your hive, how to find a mentor and so much more! Click here to listen to the show or use the podcast player.

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More About Marina and Kim:
Marina Marchese, who wrote the book Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper is a true renaissance woman and is also an entrepreneur. From her love of honeybees, she discovered the medicinal benefits created by her beloved honeybees. She decided that this was something that needed to be shared with the world and launched Red Bee ® Artisanal Honey. Marina has created an entire line of skin care products that are derived from the honeybee. As a true lover and defender of honeybees, she also educates people about the many misconceptions about bees and why people need to embrace the power that these special beings offer.

Click here to buy Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper:

Kim Flottum is the editor of Bee Culture magazine, the author of The Backyard Beekeeper (Quarry Books, 2005), and an editor of the ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture, 41st Edition (A.R. Root Company, 2006).

Kim Flottum

Kim Flottum, Editor of Bee Culture Magazine

Click here to pick up Kim Flottum’s book, The Backyard Beekeeper:

Want to find a local bee club? Check out Bee Culture’s list:
Beekeepers and Bee Clubs

Interested in top bar hives? Connect with our friend and top bar hive expert, Phil Chandler at Biobees to learn more:

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5 thoughts on “How To Start Beekeeping

  1. Thanks to the internet and educational information like this I’ve been able to learn a little bit more about bee keeping and those who are bee keepers. I always knew about ‘them’ but ‘they’ were always in the background and out of sight.

    Today what is important for everyone to realize that without bees we would have no food, therefore, bee keepers play a very important part in the production of our food supply. If you don’t have a phobia about bees and want to be able to give back, considering a life as a bee keeper seems like a great avenue to head down. Thanks for sharing great information and introducing us to bee keeping.

  2. I love your article. We just set up our first hive, and I can sit and watch these bee for hour at a time. Since this is a new hive we have to feed them on a regular basis with suger water till they get there own honey going

    Thanks Tim.

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