Beekeeping Basics and Beneficial Use of Beehive Products

 

©2012 Julien L. Balmer, all rights reservedVISUALSPECTRUM photography | Bangkok & Zürich

©2012 Julien L. Balmer, all rights reserved
VISUALSPECTRUM photography | Bangkok & Zürich

You don’t need a whole lot to become a beekeeper. More than anything you need motivation. Remember the bees do most of the work! In the third phase of our implementation plan we provide new beekeepers with the confidence to immerse themselves into their new hives. After the basic biology is understood, the hive becomes pretty self explanatory. Bees don’t tend to complicate things, they collaborate with the other 50,000 members of the hive in order to achieve what they need to in order to survive.

Once this is understood we can then look at the products of the hive and why and how they are created.  We then as beekeepers, implement appropriate collection methods in order to collect the bee products for our personal consumption and application. Propolis, and pollen are both full of nutrient rich properties that are of interest for human consumption.

It’s also important for us to understand the agricultural benefits of integrating beehives into our communities. Pollination will increase the flowers and plants we have around us, which means that the local crop yield will increase accordingly as well.

For sustainability sake, and also for what some people might consider the most attractive element of beekeeping, its nice to look at  the economic benefits of beekeeping. A strong working hive can produce close to 200 pounds or 90 kilos of honey during a strong season. Its important to leave the bees with a fair share, as they need it to survive through winter. If you were to take half of that and multiply it by 10 dollars per pound you get 1000$ dollars. Factor in packing costs and maybe your down to 800$, on just one hive. Not bad right?

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