As a beekeeping class instructor and trainer of beekeeping skills at the teaching apiaries I manage, one conversation I have a LOT is, “I want to be a beekeeper but…” and then one of a list of reasons or excuses preventing them from doing so.
I say both reasons and excuses because there are some valid reasons why some is finding it difficult or improbable to keep bees on their own. However, there are some things that come up that really are just excuses that can be overcome more easily if the effort is expended.
My answer to those folks that want to be beekeepers but… is don’t “just” be a beekeeper, be a Beehooligan instead.
Advantages if being a Beehooligan are:
- You don’t need to have your own place to keep bees, you can play with the bees in the teaching apiaries.
- You can have experienced mentors right there with you whenever you are unsure or have questions.
- You get to build experience in multiple methods of beekeeping and to participate in a variety of bee related activities.
- You can be an active advocate of bees, beekeeping and bee conservation to non-beekeepers by participating in public access presentations and events.
- You can be a member of a small group of deranged maniacs who thoroughly enjoy playing with flying, stinging insects and they get you as much as you get them.
- Even if you want to start beekeeping in the middle of the year and no bees are available to buy, you still can trade your time for building active experience and camaraderie so you are better prepared for the next season to start.
- I work to build in extra perks to make your time invested worthwhile besides the beekeeping experience and education. Things like Beehooligan only events and special deals and “leftovers”.
- You get to be part of the podcast episodes, videos and presentations where our ever growing fans are waiting to see and hear from the Beehooligans.
When you’re a Beehooligan, your setting yourself up for success and fun in a shared apicultural experience with a bunch of other folks who can’t think straight without bees in their life (or sometimes at all, but mad luv for all Beehooligans just because we have to bee a little nuts).
I have set up and continue to set up more teaching apiaries that double as bee rescue relocation destinations. This means as I go rescue and relocate live honey bee and bumblebee colonies with my Beehooligans, I have more places for Beehooligans to get to play with bees by helping me with the apiaries.
So, if you are around the Omaha metro area and want the biggest, bestest beekeeping experience around, then contact Tony Sandoval at one of the teaching apiary days or by calling or texting 402-370-8018.
Beehooligans are avid learners and doers of bee things. Being a Beehooligan is to take on beekeeping with your own goals and objectives in mind and just enough sass and attitude to not care if you do what everyone else is doing it not.
Beehooligans work alongside others like themselves to learn, teach, observe and get great things done.
When you are a member of the Bee Smart beekeeping project Beehooligans, you know there are others who’ve got your back and are going to help you bee successful.
The Bee Smart beekeeping project offers its Beehooligans many benefits of association;
- Working on a team to help rescue and relocate bees that might otherwise be exterminated.
- Taking care of the hives the rescued bees are moved to.
- Learning valuable, practical and pragmatic beekeeping skills that promote healthy and thriving bee colonies
- Supporting a local nonprofit organization dedicated to taking in and caring for bees and promoting conservation. (It’s only $10.00/month)
- Having fun and enjoying learning while doing with other Beehooligans.
- When the Bee Smart beekeeping project rescues more bees than the teaching apiaries can handle, our Beehooligans are the go to list that we send the overflow bees to.
- Share the fun and knowledge of beekeeping with the public by helping out at presentations and events.
Become a Bee Smart beekeeping project Beehooligan today and be part of something bigger and more fun than “just” beekeeping.
Keep bees like a Beehooligan.
Sign up to be a Beehooligan by contacting Tony Sandoval at 402-370-8018.
The Bee Smart beekeeping project is about conservation, education and training, and having fun.
Bee Smart is set up to rescue and relocate honey bees and bumblebees from locations where they are at risk of extermination or due to circumstances of location, pose a threat or risk. The Bees are taken alive as much as possible and relocated eventually to the new teaching apiary that is being hosted at Scatter Joy Acres, which is an acreage that focuses on animal rescue and animal therapy.
Through the Bee Smart beekeeping project I have developed a series of beekeeping classes for people that want to learn about bees and beekeeping or expand their knowledge base if they are already involved in beekeeping. There is also an upcoming series of Bee Smart classes focused on native bees found in North America and especially in our local area. These classes are for a gone curious to know more about how to identify and provide habitat for native bees.
Most of these classes are offered through places like Metro Community College and hopefully soon at nature and garden attractions like Lauritzen Gardens. They can be provided to private and non-profit organizations as well by appointment.
At the developing Bee Joyful Teaching Apiary at Scatter Joy Acres, apprentice beekeepers can get hands-on experience learning skills by doing them. These folks are called my “Beehooligans” and are often active in apicultural adventures such as assisting with live bee rescues, capturing swarms, maintaining the hives, and harvesting from the hives.
One of the fun aspects is doing the bi-monthly podcast which is like a radio show on the internet. These are recorded live at the ranch and any Beehooligans attending that particular day are welcome to sit in and chat about all things bees and beekeeping.
By being a “Beehooligan”, people can gain practical experience, work alongside others with the same interest, and build a network or support for themselves and each other. On top of that, if a person wants to be involved in beekeeping but doesn’t have the space or other things necessary to keep bees on their own, this gives them the opportunity to still be a beekeeper at the teaching apiary.
Get involved with the Bee Smart beekeeping project. Learn more, do more, enjoy it more.