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October 21, 2009

Bee space

Filed under: Bee space — cec @ 8:28 pm

I need another hobby about like I need a(nother) hole in my head.  But at the same time, ya gotta keep life interesting.  Several times over the past few years, K and I have talked about keeping bees.  I think that next year we’ll finally do it.  We’re interested in the bees themselves (hive mind!  hive mind!), the pollination and the honey, so why not.  I’ve read a couple of books and was originally planning to take a class, but the one I wanted isn’t offered until 2011.  But hey why let that stop us.

This afternoon, I took a trip up to our local apiary.  Actually, the only apiary (to my knowledge) in a 150 mile radius: Busy Bee Apiary.  There a very lovely woman, Betsy, whom I am certain had better things to do, talked to me for almost an hour about beekeeping.  What is the equipment like?  What would I need at first?  What kind of clothing do I need?  What’s an extruder look like?  How much space does the hive need in NC?  When should we feed bees in NC?  Do you just feed sugar water or pollen too?  When can I order bees?  What kind of bees do they recommend and sell?  You get the idea.  The poor woman.

The upshot is that I seem to have a good head start, having read as much as I have and we’ll probably host two colonies come spring.  After the grilling, I did pick up another book and a jar of their honey – it really is much better tasting than the clover honey you buy in stores.  Maybe I’ll make the next batch of breakfast bars with this instead.


  1. Also an interest of mine (also unpursued so far) – do you know about Looks like there’s a Pitt county chapter, and I think most county chapters offer training and education.

    Comment by Rachel — October 22, 2009 @ 12:28 pm

  2. Sorry, I meant Chatham…they have one too.

    Comment by Rachel — October 22, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

  3. You should do it! It’ll be fun.

    Thanks for the pointer to the state beekeepers association. I haven’t joined yet, but I did see that there was one. I’ve also signed up for the Chatham beekeepers mailing list. It’s the Chatham class that I was hoping to attend – it’s only 10 miles away which in Chatham county is next door 🙂 I need to show up at one of their meetings (maybe next month) and join. FWIW, I think that Chris G. over in econ is interested in beekeeping too so if you do decide to start, we can all commiserate.

    Comment by cec — October 23, 2009 @ 10:12 am

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