The WCBA provides resources related to beekeeping to its members, prospective beekeepers and the general public.
I want to be a beekeeper. Where do I start?
Keeping bees is a fascinating pastime, either as a hobby or for profit. There is a tremendous amount of resourses available to the new beekeeper. So, where do you begin? (adapted from the Cabarrus County Beekeepers)
- Local Association
Join the Wake County Beekeepers Association
Most counties in the US have some type of beekeeping association. Their meetings are a great place to find advice and to learn about the timing for various hive management tasks (when to add honey supers, when to harvest, etc…)
- Bee School
Attend Bee School
Several of the local beekeeping associations offer a ‘Bee School’. This is a great launching point, from which to begin your journey to becoming a successful beekeeper.
Find a good book
There are many books on beekeeping. There have been more books written about beekeeping than any other topic. These two books are good resource for the new beekeeper.
- Beekeeping For Dummies by Kim Flottum
- First Lessons in Beekeeping (used in the WCBA Bee School) by Keith Delaplane
- Subscribe to a Periodical
Magazines provide timely information
There are currently two publications available in the US; both are very informative.
Presentation given at Wake County Libraries, Summer 2019
“So you want to be a beekeeper…”