But there's much more to keeping bees than just having a white wooden box with bees in the back yard. To learn the basics of how to become an effective beekeeper, we suggest taking the time to learn about bees and their needs from more experienced keepers. People in the beekeeping community are generous and open with their assistance and knowledge, and often welcome people who are seeking to learn more about helping our native pollinators, or even become beekeepers themselves. It takes time to gain the background knowledge, equipment, and resources you need to start a hive of your own, so taking some classes is a great way to begin your journey.
If you are interested in learning more about the science of bees or becoming a beekeeper yourself, the Bristol County Beekeepers Association is holding its fall Bee School classes beginning September 2nd. The classes teach the basics of beekeeping and bee information, as well as give participants the opportunity to pair with a more experienced mentor if you choose to keep bees yourself. For more information or to sign up, please visit the Bristol County Beekeepers Association website and click on their Bee School link.
Support your local pollinators!