So you want to be a beekeeper but…

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.

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.