Why I Became a Beekeeper
The question I get asked most when I mention bees is, Why in the world did you get into beekeeping?
I had always been interested in honeybees and fascinated by how the colony worked. Honeybees are some of the most industrious and beneficial insects in the world - they make honey, propolis, royal jelly, and wax, all of which can be used or eaten by humans. They also collect pollen, which can be eaten.
Bees cross pollinate a huge variety of plants in their travels, ensuring the continuation of millions of species that depend on their activities, including us. Without bees, nothing could exist for very long on our planet. And because of that one fact alone, they deserve our respect and support.
Beekeeping is truly one of the most helpful things we can do to keep bees thriving. Yes, they sort of have poky stingers which can really hurt when you're stung - but they also sacrifice their lives sometimes when they sting so it's only done as a last resort. They don't want to die! But to protect the hive, they will do whatever is necessary.
I'm happy to be able to have taken up such an interesting hobby that allows me to learn more about our natural world and how everything fits together so beautifully. And it definitely makes me more conscious of the choices I make affecting other creatures, for good or for bad.
Are you interested in beekeeping? There are tons of resources on the web and it's totally worth it to take a beekeeping class to get a little more info on the basics before you decide to jump in. Check online for a local beekeeping group in your area that can give you some advice as well. Keep in mind that there's quite a bit of gear involved and you'll also need special tools to work with. And don't forget space for your hives!
Once you've done the research and gotten a taste of beekeeping, you can decide if this hobby is for you. If it seems that you're not quite in a position to keep bees now or that it's all a little trickier than you thought, at least you'll have learned a lot about how bee colonies work and what you can do to help support our little flying friends!