First off, we want to congratulate you for taking the first step towards becoming a beekeeper/advocate/supporter! The bees deserve more love and taking an interest in them is the first step towards bringing the species back from the brink.

Whether you’re looking to establish a bigger bee population in your area or are wanting to harvest and sell their honey at the market, the first step is learning more about what goes into the beekeeping lifestyle!

If you’re new to beekeeping, check out our beginner’s guide to beekeeping.

Recent Beekeeping Posts

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    To Catch A Honeybee Swarm

    What is swarming? It’s when one colony of bees breaks off and forms a new colony. If the colony stored enough over the winter and early spring, a new brood will hatch, and the old hive becomes too small for all the bees. When the bees are calmost ready to leave the old hive, they […] More

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    Gardening Gifts

    ‘Tis the season of gift giving. Since colder weather has many of us stuck inside instead of in the dirt, we figured this holiday season is the perfect time to find the best in gardening gifts including gear, decor, reading – and of course, don’t forget some of those extra homesteading specialties. We’ve compiled over 70 […] More

  • Beekeeping For Beginners

    Today’s Homestead Story on Beekeeping for Beginners was written by Melissa Hartner of Black Sheep and Honeybees. Melissa lives with her family on their half-acre homestead in Minnesota. In this post, Melissa walks us through her beginner beekeeping experience during year one. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that our honeybees are in […] More

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    Pollinators

    This spring, my partner and I planted a small orchard on our new property. We ran into some confusion when deciding how far apart to plant our chestnut trees. Turns out there isn’t a simple answer, because of pollination! What Is Pollination And Why Is It Important? Briefly, pollination is how plants sexually reproduce, how […] More

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    Beekeeping as a business

    Beekeeping is a hobby that you can easily turn into a side-business no matter where you live. Keeping bees requires a relatively small monetary investment to get started and can turn a profit within a few short years. There are many non-monetary benefits to keeping bees like better garden yields, fresh honey, and a feeling […] More