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.
The long, bad times are over. We have finally figured out the solution for the long distance connections to record podcast episodes with some of our favorite Beehooligans like JP, Schawee, Yappy and Debbie.
We’ll also be able to get some guests back on that we had been planning to invite before the great disaster.
Ideally, what I’d like to do is a twice per month release, with one episode including our remote Beehooligans as they are able and the second episode of the month with our local Beehooligans talking about our escapades around the Omaha area.
Look for hearing some of our more remote and ornery Beehooligans in May.
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.
I’ve taken the Bee Smart beekeeping project into an active project role by basing our activities and education at the new teaching apiary at Scatter Joy Acres in the Florence neighborhood of Omaha.
Scatter Joy Acres is already all about animal rescue with dozens of farm animals and even a camel being brought home there. Why not join forces and make it a home for rescued bees as well?
And so we have. When you contact me at the Bee Smart beekeeping project here to come and capture swarms that have landed on your property or to do a live removal of bee nests from inside a building or the ground, we’re talking about honey bees and bumblebees here, myself and the Beehooligans will come out and get them at as low a cost as possible to you. Perhaps at no cost to you at all.
Instead of unnecessarily killing bees that have moved into the wrong place, those bees can be rescued and used to teach people about bees and beekeeping at the teaching apiary.
If you know of bees that need to be rescued this coming year, please call me at 402-370-8018 to schedule a live bee rescue and relocation to the new teaching apiary at Scatter Joy Acres.
Debbie Horne is an admin on the sooper dooper Facebook group, “Beekeeping Techniques”. She’s also an accomplished third year beekeeper who likes to chase cutouts and swarms.
Best of all, she ain’t worried none by the likes of our Beehooligans. When she first made a guest appearance on the podcast, she put Yappy in his place. On her next appearance, she not only was the only other person on air besides Big Bear, she put him in his place too.
The Beehooligans might find their shenanigans yanked out from under them, or worse, turned against them and hilarity will ensue. Whether putting them fellas in check or out rascalling them, it looks that this is one lady beek that can hold her own.
Welcome to the Bee Smart beekeeping project Lil Deb-bee and may the force bee with you.