So, you want to keep honey bees? Well, join the club… beekeeping is a hot topic for many reasons. Maybe it’s the interest in producing more of your own food or eating locally produced food. Maybe it is sympathy for honeybees succumbing to a mysterious malady called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Maybe it’s Nature’s call to pay attention to this fascinating creature, the honeybee. Whatever the motivation, hobby beekeeping is on the rise.
Approximately 120,000 beekeepers own nearly 2.6 million colonies of honey bees in the United States. This six-page publication, part of the Agricultural Alternatives series focusing on small-scale and part-time farming operations, covers many aspects of beekeeping, such as planning ahead, marketing, acquiring bees, diseases, and mites. It includes sample budgets and references for more information.
Beekeeping can be a fascinating hobby, a profitable sideline, or a full-time occupation. This publication is all about beekeeping and is designed to help hobbyists become successful beekeepers focusing on honey bee biology, how to get started, and how to manage bee colonies for fun and profit.
Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a new beekeeper, or thinking about starting a backyard beehive, Penn State Beekeeping 101 is a one-of-a-kind completely online learning experience.
This handy guide--recently revised and updated--identifies and describes treatments for most of the problems commonly encountered by honey beekeepers. Featuring more than 100 full-color photographs, it includes sections on varroa and tracheal mites, hive beetles, bee lice, bears, and skunks, as well as diseases such as American and European foulbrood, nosema, and Colony Collapse Disorder.