This is the moment we have been waiting for for almost three months now. The content kickoff for this, the Bee Smart beekeeping project.
We have been recording podcasts, creating videos and working on download-able content to help people interested in bees, beekeepers and beekeeping to be successful in their individual efforts. Now we are here at last!
This week, we will post the very first official Bee Smart Weekly Podcast. The weekly podcasts will in fact be posted every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. CST.
This first week of January 2017 will also see the post of the first bee Smart beekeeping book review. All scheduled feature articles will be posted on Thursdays.
Yes, we do have a video ready to release this week as well. That video and all featured video content will be posted to our YouTube channel and linked here to the website on Tuesday mornings. There may be some extra video content posted occasionally in between times, but the featured and planned content is scheduled for Tuesday release.
We already have some useful downloadable documents in pdf format on the Downloads page here. There is an Apiarist plan form, which is designed to help beekeepers know upfront what their beekeeping goals, objectives, strategies and tactics will be for the upcoming year. Having an Apiarist Plan is helpful in knowing what kind of materials, equipment, etc… as well as what and how you plan to do to handle critical issues in your beekeeping BEFORE you have to figure those things out at the last second, often too late.
There is an Apiary plan form ready to download as well. This form helps beekeepers know the details for what they plan to have and do in each location they will be keeping bees in. Again, with good planning ahead of time, this can help beekeepers respond to issues better, sooner and more effectively.
Thirdly, there is the Bee Smart Hive Inspection form that beekeepers can download and print out. This is a three page form that walks the beekeeper through each phase of a hive inspection in the order of the inspection process. A great help to new beekeepers not sure when to do something or what to do. This is also beneficial to experienced beekeepers as a way to help stay on track with an inspection and to not forget or overlook any details that might not get looked at due to becoming pre-occupied or otherwise distracted. That happens easily when you have a box full of sting capable honey bees in front of you.
There will be more useful resources made available as time goes on for you to download and make use of. Books in pdf format, planning forms, guides and other vastly useful materials.
Welcome to the new year and enjoy the adventure here on the Bee Smart beekeeping project.