No matter the reason you want to start beekeeping, Here are some things to consider:
The only way to fail as a beekeeper is to stop learning and putting to practice what you learn.
Based in Georgia, Rossman's offers several options in equipment that they can ship or deliver to the nearest conference that you attend. A great supporter of Heritage Beekeepers.
Based in Hilton, VA, only 45 minutes from Rogersville, TN- Owner John has everything you could need at his store or he also ships if needed. Members of Heritage Beekeepers receive a 5% discount of all wooden ware. A great supporter of Heritage Beekeepers.
Based out of Minnesota , Mann Lake is one of the main distributors throughout the US of equipment. Shipping is free over $100.
Your local club would be happy to help you source your packages or nucs. Most suppliers start taking orders from November and stop in March. Heritage Beekeepers begin taking orders from members in February. Most honey bees- whether nucs or packages- typically arrive in April, but is very weather dependent. All should come with a certificate of health from the state of TN- per law.
Although all wooden ware is all "standard" sizes, different suppliers may not fit well with others.
It takes 4.5 million flowers' nectar to make a quart of honey. Even a small bed can help local pollinators.
Skip the grocery store and purchase your honey and hive products straight from a local beekeeper. Not only do you get honest products, but you are supporting a dream.
You do not have to be a beekeeper to attend, and are always welcome to join as a member, regardless if you keep bees or not.
If using pesticides, herbicides, insectides or other chemicals, follow all instructions on the package. Please contact your local beekeepers or club to let them know your spraying ahead of time so they can protect their colonies. Most spraying must be done before the sun rises or after it sets.
Let others know about Heritage Beekeepers, the delicious honey you just purchased and the importance of honey bees in our area. Offer to put a club flyer in your church or place of business. Information is power and you have the opportunity to help others learn more
Even if you do not want to maintain colonies,if you have land and/or pollination needs, consider offering a place for a beekeeper to place hives. Some may charge for their services, but you would be helping the beekeeper, and yourself as an advocate for all things honey bee.
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