Bee space

I need another hobby about like I need a(nother) hole in my head.  But at the same time, ya gotta keep life interesting.  Several times over the past few years, K and I have talked about keeping bees.  I think that next year we’ll finally do it.  We’re interested in the bees themselves (hive mind!  hive mind!), the pollination and the honey, so why not.  I’ve read a couple of books and was originally planning to take a class, but the one I wanted isn’t offered until 2011.  But hey why let that stop us.

This afternoon, I took a trip up to our local apiary.  Actually, the only apiary (to my knowledge) in a 150 mile radius: Busy Bee Apiary.  There a very lovely woman, Betsy, whom I am certain had better things to do, talked to me for almost an hour about beekeeping.  What is the equipment like?  What would I need at first?  What kind of clothing do I need?  What’s an extruder look like?  How much space does the hive need in NC?  When should we feed bees in NC?  Do you just feed sugar water or pollen too?  When can I order bees?  What kind of bees do they recommend and sell?  You get the idea.  The poor woman.

The upshot is that I seem to have a good head start, having read as much as I have and we’ll probably host two colonies come spring.  After the grilling, I did pick up another book and a jar of their honey – it really is much better tasting than the clover honey you buy in stores.  Maybe I’ll make the next batch of breakfast bars with this instead.

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3 Responses to “Bee space”

  1. Rachel Says:

    Also an interest of mine (also unpursued so far) – do you know about http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/? Looks like there’s a Pitt county chapter, and I think most county chapters offer training and education.

  2. Rachel Says:

    Sorry, I meant Chatham…they have one too.

  3. cec Says:

    You should do it! It’ll be fun.

    Thanks for the pointer to the state beekeepers association. I haven’t joined yet, but I did see that there was one. I’ve also signed up for the Chatham beekeepers mailing list. It’s the Chatham class that I was hoping to attend – it’s only 10 miles away which in Chatham county is next door 🙂 I need to show up at one of their meetings (maybe next month) and join. FWIW, I think that Chris G. over in econ is interested in beekeeping too so if you do decide to start, we can all commiserate.