Saturday, October 31, 2015

Putting It All Together

open house sign by front door

So you have stuck around until the very end! Thanks so much for caring about the bees and stopping by to read this 31 day series about getting started. This hasn't been meant to be a comprehensive tutorial about beekeeping but was more intended to give you a feel for what beekeeping is actually like and hopefully a few laughs along the way.

If you are still interested in beekeeping here are some things you can do after you get started:

Keep learning. Beekeeping is one of those things like gardening. There is always more to learn. And you can't learn it all from books. Watch and listen to your own bees. They'll teach you more than you can learn from reading.

autumn dog

Teach. Beekeepers are obsessed with sharing information and answering questions about bees. This summer when I was ready to sell my honey I held an open house and apiary tour so people could see where their honey comes from and learn about how important these tiny creatures are to us. 

apiary tour

Market. Designing labels, logos, and naming your honey operation are all fun things to do if you want to sell your honey. But you don't have to do that. Your friends and neighbors will be happy if you just give it away to them!
paper straws

Sell. If you end up with more honey than you can use you may want to sell it. Selling your honey is more fun than it sounds! It makes me super happy when people are willing to pay for my honey.  It allows you to  recover the cost of your equipment.  Who knows? You may even find yourself starting a small business!

honey display

Share. If you are a beekeeper you are going to have some funny stories to share at parties. (Or maybe that's just me.) Did I mention beekeeping is fun?

open house

Eat your own honey! Having your own hives means that you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor! A sweet reward indeed!

apples honeycomb

Branch out. In addition to your honey you are going to have beeswax to use for hand cream, lip balm, and candles. It's so much fun to try new recipes for skin care products!

honey display

soap with bee emblem

jar of honeycomb
tins of honey and white clover hand cream

jars of honey

gift basket

Thanks so much for reading this series! I hope I've answered some of your questions and inspired you in your beginning beekeeping endeavors! Good luck!

XOXO Happy beekeeping, y'all!

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