Awesome content coming soon

I can finally break the news!

There is a webcomic coming to the Bee Smart beekeeping project website.  Of course, the comic will be titled, “Beehooligans”.

Look for it to be posted on a regular basis and more fun and information about all things bees and beekeeping to your heads.

More in-depth information is available for our supporters on Patreon and as always, it will appear on Patreon at least the day before being posted public here.

Join our cast of characters as they define and re-define the term, “Beehooligans”.

Bee Smart: Buzzed About Bees

Starting Saturday August 12 9:30 -10:30am at Chick-Fil-A in Bellevue, NE.  Every second Saturday of each month afterward. Come on down and talk to a professional apiarist.  Ask your bee related questions.  Find out about beekeeping, honey, pollination, beeswax and anything else that has to do with bees that you’ve got on your mind.

Sit down with Tony “Big Bear” Sandoval from the Bee Smart beekeeping project and the Beehooligans podcast to talk about anything and everything bees.

Want to get started in beekeeping?  Come on down.  Have questions about cooking with honey?  Come on down.  Want to know about making beeswax crafts?  Come on down.

Got a story to share about bees?  We want to hear it.    Get a little something to munch on or drink, and sit down with us to get all the buzz on everything bees.

Do You Get It

The Bee Smart beekeeping project exists because I love helping people bee as successful as they can.  I know others who share that passion, goal and conviction.  To help others “get it”, whatever “it” is that they need or want to know or do.

There is the crux of the matter, “getting” it.  Depending on the person, the thing to be learned, and the nature of the information people”get” things in different ways.

Some things people can “get” by reading about it.  Other things are better “gotten” by hearing about it.  Still others you have to see it to “get” it.  Lastly, there are some things that people “get” best by watching it which includes hearing and seeing, sometimes even reading thrown in too.

Different people learn best in different ways.  So when it came time to think of how do I want to present useful information to people, I asked the people I trust most, those people being the Beehooligans.  I asked, “Do we want to write articles, share pictures, make podcasts or make videos?”  The answer was a resounding, “Yes!”

We don’t want folks to just know about something that will or can be useful in helping them be more successful.  We want folks to really “get it”.  So the Bee Smart beekeeping project was born.  An ambitious effort to bring useful information to people wanting to be more successful beekeepers and supporters of bees and beekeeping in a variety of ways.

Bee Smart is articles, pictures, podcasts, and videos all in one place.  We want you to know useful information.  We want you to have fun learning it so as to help learn it better.  We want you to learn it in the format which will be most practical for you.  We want you to really, truly, actually “get it”.  Whatever it is.

When someone “gets it” it’s more than just knowing about it or remembering it.  It’s understanding it so as to know why you want to do it, when to do it or not do it.  How to do it or more than one way to do it depending on the circumstances.

When you get it, you own it.  When you own it, you get better at it.  That right there is what we’re shooting for.

Get it?  Got it?


Bee Smart Beegins A New Podcast Series, “Hive Talkin”

With the “Beehooligans” weekly podcast featuring JPtheBeeman, Schawee, Yappy Antnee G and Big Bear gaining in listeners and interest, the Bee Smart beekeeping project is proud to announce a new podcast series titled, “Hive Talkin” to begin recording in April.

The series will focus on casual interviews or discussions with beekeepers from a variety of backgrounds.  You never know who will be on from one episode to the next until we tell you because the idea is to celebrate and share the common community that beekeeping creates across the social spectrum.

Thank you for being a part of the Beehooligans family and I hope you will enjoy “Hive Talkin” just as much as we go forward.


Bee Smart Presents: Tees for Bees

We are engaged in planning the first ever mini golf tournament to generate revenues and increase awareness about bees and beekeeping.

Some of the revenues will be donated to the Nebraska Extension program for Bee research and beekeeper education.

This, the first tournament, will bee held in the Omaha, NE greater metro area.  Subsequent tournaments may be held in other locations or multiple locations simultaneously as things progress.

The Bee Smart “Tees for Bees” mini golf tournament is currently in planning and details will be released when they beecome available.

Welcome B & B Farm

B & B Farm in Council Bluffs, IA has joined the Bee Smart beekeeping project as a full sponsor.  Their support will provide us with valuable resources for making videos, recording the podcasts and much more.  Area beekeepers themselves, Stef and Ted are enthusiastic about helping Bee Smart reach out to inform, motivate and entertain people who love bees and beekeeping around the world.

I’ve Always Been A Beehooligan

From the days I first began as beekeeper, I can say pretty confidently that I’ve been a Beehooligan.  “Beehooligan” is the term we coined to describe someone who doesn’t follow the standards or “conventions” of the larger group very well.  As a matter of fact, a hooligan in general is someone who not only doesn’t follow along with “proper” or socially acceptable practices but pretty much enjoys tromping on them, through them and over them whenever it happens.

So it is with a “Beehooligan”.  We not only don’t care what most folks think of as the acceptable way to go about things, we pretty much are oblivious to it or don’t pay much attention even if we do know.

Given that line of thinking, I could be described as a hooligan for almost my whole life.  I do things my way win, lose or whatever the result.  I’m not saying that makes me any better or worse than anyone else, just someone who marches rather haphazardly to my own madcap drummer.

In the beekeeping world, it not only has carried over, it has spilled over and run amok.  From the beginning I have ever been the experimentalist and the guy who, for lack of a better way to say it, sees something and says “Hold my beer, watch this…” as I wade into the fray.

I’m the guy who will stand in the middle of the swarm cloud of bees as they move from one to the next place, laughing almost maniacally.  Actually, there video of me doing just that somewhere on a local TV station.  I’m the kind of fella who climbs up on a roof with just a ladder, a hive tool and a box and proceeds to hang over the side of the roof, nigh upside down to cut a hive out of the soffit.  Why?  Because it needed to be gotten and those were the things I had on me at the time to get it done with.  Forget gravity and 30 foot drops.  Ropes to secure myself?  “Hunh?!  Wish I’da thought of that before then.  Oh well, too late to back out now…”

I don’t encourage people to go about beekeeping as I do.  As a matter of fact, I frequently let people know that I am probably the example they ought NOT to follow.    Everyone has something they can teach others, even if it’s what not to do.    Ever heard the saying, “If it’s stupid but it works, then it’s not stupid.”?  Yeah, I’m pretty sure whoever said that phrase had to have been watching me at some point in time.

I love my bees.  I feel a passion for beekeeping that I often feel not many others understand or can appreciate the full depths or extent of.  I always have questions that I want the answers to and apparently am too impatient to wait for “real” scientists or researchers to do it safely or appropriately first.  I want to know and I want to know now so please stand out of my way because I’m going in head first.

I plan to share some of my experiences and stories from my own point of view going forward here.  I truly believe that while teaching in a formal classroom or workshop setting is great, some things are taught best sometimes just by telling a story.  Let me tell you about my individual successes and my failures.  Let me tell you about that time I fell out of a tree trying to catch a swarm, and so on.

I think not only will you be entertained, you will also come away from reading about my experience and maybe learned something without having to experience it yourself.  If nothing else, perhaps I can be your crash test dummy.




Bee Smart Update: 2-11-17

Yes, it’s a day late but NOT a dollar short.

Since the last update we’ve continued to add great new content on the Bee Smart website here.

Episode 5 of the Bee Smart Weekly podcast came out.  Guest podcaster was John Winkler from the Papio-Missouri River NRD was in the studio with us talking about bee friendly large scale land management.

After that we showed a Bee Smart video tour of the Sioux City, IA Dadant Bee Supplies and talked with General Manager Jim Raders.  Bee Crew member Antnee G picked up his first beekeeping gear also.

A really spiffy article about honey bee behaviors as they relate to age and specificity was posted.

To boot, since this update is a day late, I’ll toss you a link to the freshest podcast release just today (the podcasts are released on the website every Saturday for those who don’t want to wait.)  This podcast invites Dean Stiglitz of “Complete Idiot’s Guide To Beekeeping” notoriety to talk about beekeeping books with us.

As always, we had several other posts and links to news about bees and beekeeping across the internet, Usually with a bit of an editorial to introduce it.

Please remember to check the Bee Smart website frequently and feel most welcome to sign up and help us build the community on the Forums there as well.

There’s A New Sheriff Around Here

Congratulations are in order.  Big Bear got the great idea to hire an Editor-In-Chief to handle the Bee Smart website.  So beecause I proved myself so handy at beeing a, well let’s face it, I was a mascot, I have been given a shot at running the whole show here.

Life as a drone isn’t all that it’s cracked up to bee.  Yes, I know I’m small for a drone and yes, he makes me wear that prosthetic stinger.   Still , it’s significantly better than life in the hives.  Sure, there’s all the hang time with the fellas and you get to hang out in pretty much any hive you want.  It’s kind of like what you call living like a rock star.  All the girls giving you attention, free food whenever you want, crash anyplace, chasing all the best bee girls, every one of them is like a queen.

Oh sure, we die when we finally manage to catch up and spend some quality time with one of those queens.  But hey, what a way to go, am I right?

But then, oh they don’t tell you about this when you crawl out of the cell day one.  Oh no, when the weather goes cold, it’s like zombee apocalypse time for drones in the hive.  It’s like every single worker is out to kill you.  IT’S CRAZY I SAY!!!

So, thanks, but no thanks.  I found my way out of that craziness and landed a sweet job working for Big Bear here at Bee Smart as the “Public Relations Representative”.  Yeah, I was a mascot.  That’s alright though.  I’ve been reading and watching all kinds of fascinating documentaries on people.  This YouTube thing is wild.  You humans are a trip.

So here I am, the new Editor-in-Chief of Bee Smart beekeeping project.  On the surface, my main job is to keep everyone informed and entertained.  “Keep the content flowing like honey.” is what the Bear told me.

Beehind the scenes though, really, have you ever tried to keep a bunch of A Type personality beekeepers like the bunch we have here on task?  It’s like herding Aphids.  No cooperation at all, I’m here ta tell ya.

I think you’ll like what we have planned in the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead.  Lot’s of news captured from the web, curated and posted here for you.  Original articles on anything and everything to do with bees, beekeepers and beekeeping and anything else like honey, beeswax, woodworking, gardening for bees…  You get what I mean.

Of course we can’t forget the podcasts.  Or the videos.  Let’s not forget the monthly newsletter for Patrons too.  Whew.  I just started this job and I’m already tired just thinking about it.  I don’t know now if it was a promotion or punishment.


The Bee Smart Podcast Crew Has A New Regular – YappyBeeman

Beecause we’re always looking for awesome people who can have fun in this wild beekeeping world we work in, JP brought us a fella who’s a natural fit for the Bee Smart Podcast Crew.

Beginning soon, “Yappy” AKA Travis Ulbrich, will bee joining us on the weekly podcast and you will find select examples of his work among our various and sundry postings. with plenty of links to show you even more of the cool stuff he does with bees.

Thank you for stepping in to the Bee Smart community and Yappy, we know you’ll bee right at home here.