In Getting Started With Beekeeping, Jacob Klingensmith will give you an understanding of why bees are so important to raising your own food and how they work to pollinate our food crops. You will meet the four different products of the bee hive; honey, pollen, propolis, and wax. You’ll be introduced to the basics workings of a hive and what’s involved in caring for your bees. You’ll also learn what tools are needed for keeping your bees; the bee brush, smoker, hive tool, protective gear and more, as well as how to use them properly.
Jacob will then take you inside the hive to explore the fascinating world of bees and learn about the rank and task of each bee; the queen, the worker and the drone. You’ll discover how the bees communicate with each other and navigate from the hive to the nectar-laden flowers and back again. Jacob will also go over the pros and cons of some of the many breeds of honeybees in North America. You’ll learn about each bee’s life cycle so that you, as the beekeeper, can better provide what is needed to maintain a healthy, productive hive.
You’ll learn about the history of the Lansgtroth and top bar hive and the pros and cons of each. Then, you’ll finish off with setting up your first top bar beehive! Jacob will teach you when to start your hive, when to order your bees and how and when to properly feed and care for them over their first few months. When you finish this course you will have all the knowledge and skills you’ll need to start your journey into the amazing world of beekeeping.
What you’ll learn in this course
- Why bees are so important to food production
- The four products of the beehive
- The basic workings of the hive
- The tools you’ll need and how to use them
- Explore the fascinating world of bees inside the hive
- Learn about the bee’s life cycle
- Pros and cons of different breeds of honeybees
- The history of the Langstroth and Top Bar Hive
- The pros and cons of the Langstroth vs. the Top Bar Hive
- How to set up your top bar hive
- How and when to start your hive
- An overview of the care and feeding for your new hive
Jacob Klingensmith has been raising bees for over 13 years and manages more than 80 beehives. He has been working for a number of years with the top bar hive and feels that it is perfect for the small, sustainable family farm. Jacob and his family run Brazos River Honey (www.TexasHives.com), where they sell honey, top bar hives and other beekeeping supplies. Jacob has been teaching beekeeping and gardening classes at the Ploughshare for 8 years.