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.

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?

Good.