I accidentally posted this fun little entry for a couple hours last week; it was meant for today.
My wife and I grow vegetables, fruit, nuts, and berries. We’ve considered getting goats. And deep in my heart, I think it’d be fun to keep bees. (My dad kept bees for a time when I was a boy — I was awed by his white beekeeping outfit.)
- A 4-H Beekeeping Manual from the University of Florida.
- An article on basic beekeeping operations (again from 4-h).
- BeeSource, an “online sourcebook for beekeeping”, which has all sorts of information, including bees and equipment, plans for building hives, and a treatise called The Elements of Beekeeping. (Also check out this strange account of using bees as a weapon.)
This AskMetafilter question might also be of use: What do I need to know to become an amateur apiarist/beekeeper?
I’m curious about beekeeping costs. Most sites just call it a “low-cost hobby”. This page esitmates it takes about $300 to get started. A great PDF entitled Beekeeping in Kentucky: What’s the Buzz About? lists the startup costs at $266 and yearly maintenance costs at about $20. (The brochure also estimates that a typical hive can bring in $100-$150 a year if the honey is sold.)
Just for the fun of it, here’s a BBC story about an Irishman who tried (and failed) to set a new ‘bee record’ (for number of bees on his body simultaneously). He only managed 200,000 bees, which is just over half as many as he needed. He wasn’t stung during the stunt. Strange stuff.
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