Where Does Bee Smart’s Content Come From?

The Bee Smart beekeeping project is essentially the informational arm of my work as a professional apiarist.  My “Hands On” work is communicated through the BBE-Tech Apiary Services website but everything to do with teaching, doing presentations and making content available about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that is informative, useful and (I hope) entertaining is done here on the Bee Smart beekeeping project.

The vast majority of content is produced, edited, written and recorded by yours truly.  Why?  Because I like to facilitate and help people be successful in their chosen area.  If I can facilitate a successful experience and make a living at the same time, albeit not a “Grand” living, color me ecstatic.

I leave the door open for some special collaborators on this project, namely JPtheBeeman, Schawee, Beekeeper of the swamp and Antnee G, to write, send in video and collaborate on audio projects as much or as little as their hearts desire.  I bee-lieve in the work all those folks do and if I can help them get their awesome content out to others even moreso, by golly I’m there.

Having said that, they are not “paid” employees or contributors.  They are not expected to do anything they do not choose to do here.  If they find it easier and accomodatable to post content here without the worries of managing a website or other such tasks, then I have done my little bit in fair trade with them perhaps for that awesome content.

In regard to other potential contributors, I’d absolutely LOVE to be able to pay for awesome content others are capable of bringing to the table.  In the future, as we gain more patrons and grow our earnings, we will have the budget to pay people for extraordinary contributions.  In the meantime though, I won’t be the next Huffington Post and pay people in “exposure” because I think that’s just dishonest.

If there is a way I can barter or trade with a potential contributor short of $ and you are willing to discuss it, talk to me, let’s make magic happen.  But it’s your choice entirely.

As for me, I will work hard to continue to bring you the best content that is useful, informative and (hopefully) entertaining about all things bees, beekeepers and beekeeping that I can and earn your patronage.

 

How Does Bee Smart Stand Out From The Crowd?

There is a lot of useful beekeeping related content out in the world.  there is a lot of informative beekeeping content out there as well.  Yes, thanks in large part to YouTube, there is a LOT of entertaining content pertaining to beekeeping as well.

People are out there, creating content that usually falls into one of those categories.  Sometimes a few will cover more than one of those categories.  The first way Bee Smart strives to stand on its own in content presentation is to bring together things that fit all three of those categories as much as possible.  When we create unique content, that is our first objective, to make it useful, informative and entertaining.

Another way we work to bee unique is that because we know there are people already out there creating some great content, we have no plans to re-invent the wheel if it’s not necessary.  I comb the web to see what’s already out there and if someone already has a wonderful video, audio or written presentation, what we want most to do is to make sure we can get that information in front of as many people as possible.  We will try whenever possible to contact those people to allow us to add it to our links and lists of cool stuff.   If we cannot obtain their permission or make contact, then we will consider making our own version of it (NOT taking theirs and we will ALWAYS give credit where it is due) because we think it’s worth people knowing about.

Thirdly, most beekeeping related content falls into the “How To” category of things, which is awesome.  However, while we want people to see the “How To” or the advice or the great tips, tricks and hacks people have to share out there, we think there is something just as important and sometimes even more important to us that doesn’t get done nearly enough.

What is that, you ask?  Why it’s you.  It’s showing the people side of everything.  Sharing information about the “tech” side of things is all well and good, but to fully appreciate anything, it truly helps to see it in context of the experiences of the people who are doing these things.  I think this is where Bee Smart will shine brightest.  Bring the experiences and stories of the people in beekeeping and beekeeping related areas as well as what they are doing in regards to innovation, creation and education.

Do You Want To Learn About Bees, Beekeepers and Beekeeping?

Bringing The Bee Life To You

The Bee Smart beekeeping project is available to bring a special live and multimedia presentation to your school, organization or business in the Omaha/Metro area in Nebraska.

We have two options to offer depending on your needs.

Option 1:  Bee Educated

The Bee Smart beekeeping project will bring a combination of a live presentation with a video presentation to show participants about the incredible things bees and beekeepers do.  This presentation can last from 1 to 2 hours depending on group size.

We can bring a live portable bee display (bees cannot get out) only between May 1 and September 15th otherwise we have a photo and video display of a live bee hive and a selection of honey samples, beeswax item samples and plenty of useful, informative and useful information available to bring out all year long.

Cost for this interactive and entertaining presentation is based on number of participants.  Call Big Bear to schedule this exciting presentation at 402-370-8018 or email us at:

beesmart@bbe-tech.com

Option 2: Bee Adventurous

The Bee Adventurous presentation is designed to be a 4 to 8 hour presentation booth with a live observation hive of bees (bees cannot get out), a real professional beekeeper to talk with visitors to the booth and plenty of real honey and beeswax product samples.

Cost for this interactive and entertaining presentation is based on number of participants.  Call Big Bear to schedule this exciting presentation at 402-370-8018 or email us at:

beesmart@bbe-tech.com

December 2016 Marked 185 years Since Huber Passed Away

Francois Huber is one of the most notable beekeepers and bee researchers in all of beekeeping history.  His story is amazing.  Born in 1750 he began to go blind at about age 15.

He had a personal assistant named Francois Burnens and was married to Marie Lullin who acted as his proxy eyes in the field.

His most notable accomplishments include his book, “Nouvelles Observations sur les Abeilles” (New Observations Upon Bees” in 1792 with a second volume in 1814.

This past December marked 185 years since he died.  His research and writing however makes him an immortal in the world of modern beekeeping.

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Notable Note: Langstroth was a Christmas beeday

That’s right, the man commonly referred to as the “Father of modern beekeeping” was born on December 25th in 1810.

His (arguably) two most significant contributions to beekeeping being the observation of the 3/8″to 1/4″ bee space requirement between combs/frames and the mas produce-able Langstroth hive which kicked off a new era of beekeeping in the industrial age.

There were other beekeepers that influenced Langstroth’s hive but he is most certainly the man behind the turn of American, modern beekeeping.

Langstroth died October 6, 1895 but his hive’s influence has survived nearly 165 years since it’s design in 1852.  His personal influence on modern beekeeping may be nearly immortalized in comparison.

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Welcome to 2017 and the Bee Smart beekeeping project content kickoff

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.

Join the Bee Smart Bee Squad

That’s right, take a peek at our Bee Squad page in the Team menu.  We have a special group of Bee and beekeeping enthusiasts who by joining the Bee Smart Bee Squad team get access to some very cool perks just for them.

What kind of perks?  How about special content such as podcasts for Bee Squad members only.  We also have an exclusive, interactive forum for members to chat with each other, Bee Smart hosts and more to come!

How do you join the Bee Smart Bee Squad?  Simple, become a Bee Smart Patron at our Patreon page and choose one of three support levels to help the Bee Smart beekeeping project continue to create content, make resources available, inform and entertain you.

Bee Ready

Hello everyone, This is the very first post on the Bee Smart site.  We are creating a multimedia community about bees, beekeepers and beekeeping here.

We will host our weekly and monthly audio podcasts at this site and all of our Bee Smart Beekeeping related videos from our YouTube Channel will be found here as well.

We will offer downloads for our members of various beekeeping related documents and e-books to help folks bee productive in their beekeeping.

Last but certainly not least will be the Bee Smart web store where you will be able to buy some of the coolest beekeeping “Stuff” anywhere.

Please stick around as we grow.  Join the community and by all means, become a patron on the Patreon account to help us provide you with simply awesome content.