Beekeeping for Beginners
The purpose of this website is to guide prospective beekeepers in their search for the most useful information on how to start up and maintain their own hive. There are many points to consider even before acquiring bees and hives. In addition, beekeeping requires an ongoing learning and understanding of beehive behaviour and health. This guide will point new apiarists not only to material on care and management of beehives, but also to resources that will connect new beekeepers with experts in the field and local mentors.
What are some of the reasons for keeping beehives?
- It’s a fascinating!
- Bees pollinate our crops, fruit trees and gardens.
- Many products (honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen) are produced from the hive that we can enjoy, sell, use for crafts or use in apitherapy.
- Some people even produce bees to sell to other beekeepers.
Reverend Lorenzo Lorraine Langstroth, the inventor of the “Langstroth hive,” made the amazing discovery that honey bees leave a walkway of 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch wide inside their cavity when they build a hive. This observation led to his invention of a hive with removable frames. In 1853, Langstroth applied for a patent for his innovative hive design. This invention paved the way to the worldwide adoption of the Langstroth hive and to many more apiculture innovations.
This site was created on November 17, 2015.
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