Beekeeping Giveaway!

by Susan on March 30, 2010

If you follow me on twitter, you know that I am starting to keep bees this year. Beekeeping is incredibly interesting and I am stupid-excited about it! My bees will be arriving here at the farm on May 2 or 3 but I’ve already spent several hours in a class offered by my County Extension, read every book I can get my hands on and prepped all my equipment for the big day.

There must be something in the air because beekeeping has suddenly gotten very cool. Bees are this year’s backyard chickens, I guess. New York City recently overturned a long-time ban on keeping bees within the city limits. Even the White House has a hive! The Obamas were the lucky recipients of 134 pounds of their very own honey last year.

I would love to encourage some of you to consider keeping bees, so I’m giving away two copies of The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yarn and Garden to two of our lucky readers. This book is a great introduction to the world of bees.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me why you’re interested in beekeeping. Easy peasy. One comment per person please! Entries close at Midnight on Friday, April 2, 2010. Two winners will be chosen at random and the winner’s names will be posted here on Saturday, April 3. The winners will have 48 hours to contact me with their mailing address to claim their prize.

Good luck!

{ 121 comments }

1 britt March 30, 2010 at 9:35 am

I am mostly interested in beekeeping for gardening purposes. The more bees, the more pollination the more food that can be grown in my neighborhood

2 Jean March 30, 2010 at 9:35 am

I think making honey wheat bread with my own home-grown honey would be oh so sweet. (Pun intended.)

3 Steph March 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

I would love to keep bees, alas it is not allowed in our condo complex…when we have a detached house I want bees for honey and making mead!

4 Jenn C. March 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

Oh, I SO WISH I could keep bees. I am allergic to the little guys and just can’t risk the increased chance of getting stung.

5 Rosemary March 30, 2010 at 9:46 am

Well, we eat a lot of honey- so I’d love to keep bees for that reason. But really? I want to make mead! From my own honey!!

6 Colby Ray March 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

I use honey as a conditioner (hair) and moisturizer (face) and I’d love to be able to produce my own. Plus I’ve heard that if you eat honey made near where you live that your allergies will improve. Something about eating something made from the same pollen that is driving you crazy reduces your allergic reaction to it. Also, I think it would be fun.

7 katy March 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

I would love to keep bees in my little city backyard. They’re pretty much the only “livestock” I’ve got room for, and I’d love to have them around to pollinate my garden. Not to mention having my own honey for my morning oatmeal… Thanks!

8 Sherri March 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

I would LOVE this. We live in a subdivision and can’t keep bees, but we back up to a guy who has 20+ acres and I’m seriously thinking of asking him if I can put a hive there. We use lots of honey and this would be a great solution for us! (til we get our own land that is! ;-)

9 Martha March 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

I’m interested in beekeeping because I love gardening! and I looooooove honey.

10 Sandy Voss March 30, 2010 at 10:12 am

I want bees, chickens and your sheep! I’d settle for the beginner books though. Love your site!

11 abby March 30, 2010 at 10:16 am

I luuuurve honey. And mead. And honey. And pollination. But mostly honey. I may have been Winnie the Pooh in a previous life. Honey. Num.

12 Jenn March 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

So jealous! I’ve wanted to keep bees since I was very small, and finding out that I was allergic – due to a horrific reaction to a bee sting at age 12 – was devastating. But I love that bee keeping is suddenly en vogue – our bee population in this country has been in drastic decline, and we need healthy colonies to keep the flowers flowering!

13 Nancy P March 30, 2010 at 10:20 am

Since I’ll never be able to have any other kind of livestock I would love to have a bees.

14 Stacey C. March 30, 2010 at 10:21 am

As a single, 9-5 employed apartment renting gal, most of the agricultural hobbies in which I am interested are out of my reach (due to some pretty nice tree canopy, there’s not really any sun to speak of on my porch, so even cactus don’t exactly prosper in my tiny little plot). No chicks. No plants. BUT I’ve been thinking about bees for a while now – I’m surrounded by lush vegetation and go through honey like a crazy person. Added bonus: I think keeping bees would finally get me over my fear of stinging insects!

15 Kiewies March 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

I love bees and just want to read and learn more about them. I’m doing a beekeeping course in the fall and would love to start a beekeeping book collection as well, since I’m a nutter for books too.

I love what you are doing by the way! :)

16 Kristen March 30, 2010 at 10:27 am

Ah, I’ve been thinking about keeping bees for ages. My 80+ yo neighbor kept a hive for decades, which was demolished by bears last winter. I’d love to start a new hive to replenish the neighborhood. I just haven’t had the time to do my research, so a little introductory reading would be awesome.

17 mydogpetey March 30, 2010 at 10:39 am

I am afraid of bees and would like to know more about them.

18 maltese parakeet March 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

i want to keep bees just so i can do the eddie izzard bit about beekeeping:

“Beekeepers, yes … they’ve gotta want to be – “I want to be a beekeeper! I wanna keep bees! Don’t wanna let them get away; I wanna keep them! They have too much freedom … I want bees on elastic, so when they get pollen, they come back here! My father was a beekeeper before me, his father was a beekeeper before him; I wanna walk in their footsteps.” And their footsteps were like this: [running wildly from imaginary bees] “I’m covered in bees!”

19 Cathy W March 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

I’m another bee-dependent backyard gardener, so that’s one motivation – but my daughter thinks bees are, well, the bees knees. :) She couldn’t talk her grandfather into backyard chickens, but we’re hoping to sell him on a beehive.

20 Christina March 30, 2010 at 11:03 am

Wow, this is a wonderful giveaway. We’ve been concerned about diminishing hives and the health of bees in our area for a number of years. We’ve also seen a decrease in the pollination of many our own garden’s flowers and fruit trees in that time. Anything that builds up these beneficial guys is a very good thing! Now that my daughter is a little older, it’s a hobby we’re starting to consider along with chickens and ducks — working our way up to sheep and pigs (but don’t tell my husband yet :) )

21 Nicole March 30, 2010 at 11:05 am

Oh I would love to win! I have wanted to keep bees since I was a little girl (I’m still quite “little” at 21, but I feel like a grown up sometimes, too!)
I have heard that If one eats locally produced honey on a regular basis, it can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. I am allergic to a few things, as are many of my friends, and I’d love to be able to help us all out.

22 Andrea March 30, 2010 at 11:06 am

We have two hives ready to go, awaiting bees in Mid-April. We’re growing a lot on the farm and can sure use the help from these useful pollenators

23 Linda March 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

My grandparents had bees on their farm while I was growing up, and I haven’t found any honey that compares since. Thank you for sharing!

24 Joanna March 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

How exciting! I hope you enjoy your hive. We are planning to try and catch (bait?) a wild swarm this summer. We use a ton of local honey as a sugar substitute in jams and baking, and we’re starting a bunch of fruit trees.

25 Tanya March 30, 2010 at 11:28 am

Whoa nelly! I almost passed out just seeing the picture of bees in this blog post. I’m mildly allergic and absolutely petried of them. I’ll glad live vicariously (albeit peeking through my fingers) through your experience.

26 sarah g. March 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

a close friend (who has passed away) was a beekeeper, and working with the bees – specifically getting stung :P – helped his Parkinson’s symptoms. after i move this summer i’d like to get a hive, for the honey, for the wax, for the do-it-myself satisfaction, and maybe even help for my arthritis :)

27 turtle March 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

OOOh!! When i was little we had bee’s. There is nothing like fresh honey from the comb , (ok well maybe fresh warm maple syrup which we harvested as well) . I have wanted to have bee’s for years but where we were in hawaii it just wouldn’t have worked. Now, perfect! We do not use sugar in our household due to health reasons, so harvesting our own honey would be wonderful!

28 Leslie from California March 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

Susie, I was looking at some photos of Fenat, she looks so soft, and you mentioned that she was just sheared. In comparison to the rest of your flock, where does her fiber rate? And are you going to breed her? She is so cute, I seem to always look to see if I can see her in the shots, her knees make her easy to pick out… Good luck with the bees, sure hope it works out well. My husband would love to do something with bees, my hedges at home are lavendar. My husband is always wondering where the hive is… he wants to taste the honey… perhaps he should get into keeping bees…

29 Hannah March 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I have been interested in keeping bees since I read the book The Secret Life of Bees so many years ago. The thought of tending to such amazing creatures just makes me happy, not to mention how very much I do love honey. As the years have progressed, I’ve been slowly moving back to the land and think the time is drawing near when I’ll be able to make the leap myself to get my own hive (if I can only convince my husband of the benefits!).

Plus, I think we should do everything we can to reverse the mysterious disappearance of honeybees that has been happening lately. The more beekeepers we have, hopefully we’ll be able to turn the tide!

30 robin March 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I would love to keep bees because I hear eating local honey can decrease allergy symptoms. Is that true??

31 Lesley March 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I’m about to move to my very first house (not apartment) in Toronto and while we’re not allowed to keep chickens, bees are unregulated! I’m so looking forward to living unfettered by landlords’ concerns. Pick me!!

32 Beth March 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm

We are trying to get a little neighborhood garden/co-op going with four families and bees are the new topic being discussed. I appreciate your book recommendation and hope to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity!

33 Tracy Wells March 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I used to be absolutely terrified of bees, convinced that they were the spawn of Satan. But then I started gardening. You can’t garden without hanging around bees, and soon you realize that nothing happens in the gardens if it weren’t for the bees. No bees, no food!

34 Lora March 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm

We planted an acre of raspberries last year and bees would be beneficial.Thank you for your wonderful blog! Some days when I think farming is just too hard, I scroll thru for a quick pick-me-up:)

35 Fran March 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I am taking a bee keeper’s short course on the 17th!! Every intention of getting two hives (recommended for “stare and compare” hive health). Already have request for honey for mead… mmmmm

36 Erin VL March 30, 2010 at 1:00 pm

oh yeah! we are going to get chickens for our backyard this summer and bees for the top of our flat garage roof next summer. we live in anchorage, ak and keep a wonderful summer garden. my son (3 yrs. old) and i have already checked out several library books on bees to get us ready! thanks for the give-away!

37 Heather March 30, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Because bees are our friends, and bees need our help. Also, honey = yum.

38 Jan Bentz March 30, 2010 at 1:24 pm

You said…”two copies of The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yarn and Garden” Hmmmmmm….bees in your yarn?Might make for an interesting pattern. “Honey” you’ve got yarn on the brain….I’d love to learn to keep bees in my yarn!

39 Jennifer (It Ain't Meat, Babe) March 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I’ve actually signed up for a beginner beekeeping workshop in June! I love the idea of having a small backyard hive to help with my garden and also the idea of being able to give away my own honey as gifts.

40 Meagan March 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I’m interested in beekeeping as it seems to be a natural extension of veggie gardening. Plus who can resist their delicious honey!

41 knitmomma March 30, 2010 at 2:06 pm

What a cool idea! I’m working on chickens here, and would love to learn about beekeeping! I put in a veggie garden last year.

42 Janis March 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

We too have been considering keeping bees! We have some apple trees and have notice a decline in the honey bees over the years- hence less pollination and a lot fewer apples!

43 Susan in Maryland March 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I’m concerned about the increase in the disappearance of honey bee colonies and would like to see what I could do to help with that.

44 Kristina March 30, 2010 at 2:30 pm

OOOh I’ve always wanted to keep bees, mainly because I love making my own food from growing veggies to hopefully raising chickens and bees.

45 Georgia N. March 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Oh my!! How I would love to win this!

I’ve been wanting – dreaming really – of having my own bees. When I was young my parents used to take me back to Greece, where they are from, and I have such fond memories of going out to the garden with my grandfather and coming across what seemed to be boxes that were alive! In a few short summers I had fallen in love with honey and the idea of keeping bees.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Greece and my grandfather didn’t make it long enough to teach me how to keep bees. Soooo, I think this book would be great for me to get into what it takes and how to go about keeping bees!

Thank you for this chance!
-Georgia

46 Christina March 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’m very interested in beekeeping, for a couple of reasons. The first is that we are doing all we can in our suburban garden to produce our own food; we have five chickens and a great veggie garden and several old fruit trees that are producing well. Bees in the backyard would be a great addition for us as pollinators and honey producers.

I’ve also read and spoken with friends about CCD and I think it’s important to try and maintain healthy bee populations for all of the plants out there — not just ours.

47 molly March 30, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Oh man, this would be so cool! I have been wanting to keep bees ever since reading Rowan Jacobsen’s book Fruitless Fall. It really made me realize what an important job the little pollinators do!

48 Catherine March 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I’ve been yearning to learn beekeeping for years! I would love to make my own honey, and love the ecological value of beekeeping!

49 Sydney March 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm

We are moving to a new place – out of the city and into the country. I’d love to keep bees! My goal – to grow (or raise) as much of our own food as possible. No meat – because I just can’t think of the necessary slaughter that goes into it, but eveything else. Honey would be AWESOME! as well as the possibility of the bees polinating and therefore helping me produce a better veggie yield! YAY bees!

50 Ashley W March 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I am so excited that beekeeping is taking off right now. I sadly can’t have bees at my apartment right now (I don’t even have a balcony!), but sometime in the future I will. My mom kept bees in our backyard growing up and it was so cool to go out and watch them. I clearly can’t use the book right now, but maybe if we’re lucky you’ll give away a jar of honey this fall… :)

51 emily Smith March 30, 2010 at 3:38 pm

fun! we want to keep bees wen my hubby is retired from the military… thanks for the giveaway!

52 ElvaUndine March 30, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I’m interested in beekeeping because I taught myself to love honey but I’m still scared of bees. And because hexagons are beautiful.

53 Jennifer King March 30, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I would LOVE, LOVE to win! I’ve wanted bees for ages and this might be just the push I need to get started. I already have a backyard flock of chickens so why not bees next!!

54 Kathleen March 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I have been considering getting a couple hives for my garden and also because we rip through honey! I am lucky enough to have many local sources but having it in the backyard would be awesome. I just have to figure out the bear thing….

55 Shai March 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I live very close to the Louisville River Valley and the allergies here are INSANE. I would love the opportunity to help myself and other locals who have allergy problems. Currently local honey is very hard to find. I’ve found it twice in the four years I’ve lived here. I would love to be another source.

56 Sarah March 30, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I’ve been following the NYC beekeeping controversy for the last little while with great interest. I don’t live in the city (more hundred miles or so north, actually,) but I’ve been wondering if I’d be able to maintain a hive in a similar climate and relatively small apartment patio.

57 GrandmaTutu March 30, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Ooooo . . . you can do beekeeing in the backyard??? I had no idea. This is something I would love to do. I had an uncle who kept hives. Our jar of honey for Chrsitmas every year was divine! I think I have to look into this!!! xoxo

58 Traci March 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm

I have toyed with keeping bees for years, The same way I toyed with having chickens. Two months ago I got the chickens and the coop is nearly done. I forced myself to really commit to the garden by doing it publicly and starting a blog ( kinda like going to weight watchers, you feel like you have to answer to someone if you drop the ball). I am still mulling with the idea of bees, especially after my little Zoe got her fist bee sting last fall and even though she LOVES honey is now petrified of bees. Id love to show her how special they are and how she shouldn’t be afraid and how if she loves the bees they will love her right back with the gift of their honey.

I’m definitely still toying with keeping bees, but for now I have some chicken poop to clean up. : )

59 Megan March 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm

“Bees are this year’s backyard chickens” is one of the best of your quotes in awhile!! Since I’m moving in a few months to a house with some land, I think it would be really interesting to try my hand at beekeeping. If I win, I promise I’ll pass the book along to some of my new African neighbors- honey production could be a great way for some of them to make a little money.

60 adri March 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I’m interested in learning to keep bees because I’d like to contribute in the fight against colony collapse AND I absolutely love honey… I probably consume too much of it already, but I was told it helps with seasonal allergies and that’s my excuse- I’m sticking to it.

61 Melissa L March 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I love bees! Last year on a trip to Paris with my sister, we saw the gorgeous apiary at the Luxembourg Gardens – http://californiablue.tumblr.com/post/108457996/save-the-bees-during-a-recent-amazing-trip-to

62 laurie March 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Love it! I would love the book, because I am trying to convince my husband that we need bees. I am trying to make my tiny piece of land as productive and sustainable as possible. We just moved in at the end of last summer, and I am enjoying getting my garden ready and planting raspberry and blackberry bushes. Bees and chickens are on my wish list, it is just a matter of getting my husband to agree!

63 peggy connolly March 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm

There is nothing more pure in nature than the work of honey bees!

64 Wendy March 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hey
You MUST read “A Book of Bees and How to Keep Them” by Sue Hubbell. I read it and don’t keep them but my brother in western NC does. I’m lucky to get some of his each year. The book is very informative and sweet. Ms. Hubbell is a farmer in the Ozarks.

Wendy

65 Patti "oldgoatwoman" March 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Beekeeping has always interested me. I only buy honey that is local – within a mile or two of me! Delicious!

66 Kara March 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm

The neighbors have a tree with an active hive. I’d love to know if there is a way to collect some honey or to move the colony to a safer location.

67 Jodi Renshaw March 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Thank you for this giveaway. We have a 16 acre farm in Bangor, Maine. We keep chickens and goats and are very intersted in keeping bees. I understand that – due to environmental issues – bees are becoming more rare and that is why people have become interested in farming them. I would love to learn more about this.

Thank you,
Jodi Renshaw

68 Lisa Stockebrand (aka. lasdcm) March 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm

“Isn’t it funny, How a bear likes honey? Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! I wonder why he does?”

69 Susan March 30, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Where would we be without our bees? Hungry, for one thing! I would love to keep bees as it is one area that is missing on our tree farm. I want to see bees sipping from my flower garden. I want to learn how to check their hives while wearing the gear with smoker in hand. I would love to become a beekeeper!

70 Heather March 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

I love bees and would love to win this book! Can’t wait to read about your new beekeeping adventure on the blog.

71 kyla March 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

because I read and then fell in love with the book “A recipe for bees” by Gail Anderson-Dargatz, which I would recommend to anyone who is even the least bit interested in bees.

72 JMF March 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm

This would be a great hobby to start in one of my acres of land!

73 Deb Clemens March 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Everyone eligible to keep bees should, because we’ve done such a bang up job of destroying the bee population, we need to bring them back! I’d love to keep bees for the natural immunities local honey builds in you… not sure they get along with my guinea hens, but would be willing to try!

74 Louise March 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Thanks for doing this Susan! Just wanted to tell you how happy you are participating in agriculture of the tiniest. It really is rewarding.

75 muffinista March 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

i want to keep bees because i had to pollinate the cucumbers on my fire escape by hand last summer. if i ever get to move into the house i’m trying to buy, i’ll have space for bees and even more need for helpful pollinators. plus, i can’t think of anything sweeter than my very own local brooklyn honey.

76 Linda March 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I am interested in beekeeping because honeybees are in trouble, and because my brother had bees and the honey was delicious.

77 Jenny March 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Dude! This is so WEIRD! I have never in my life even thought about beekeeping, and this last weekend I saw someone doing it on TV and was like “I would LOVE to do that!” It’s just so weird that you bring it up because I had no clue you were going to do this.

How awesome! I can’t wait to visit you and help keep your bees. :)

78 Deb March 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

For gardening purposes and to harvest our own honey! I’d love to win the book.

79 hannah March 30, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I enjoy growing some of our family’s food by gardening, and we also use a lot of honey in our baking. Beekeeping sounds like another interesting skill to learn.

80 M J March 30, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I have been wanting a hive for a couple of years now. There is a beekeeping class offered by a local beekeepers association that I hope to take in the fall. I have been reading about the differences between different hive designs and trying to understand what is really best for the bees. Lots of different opinions out there.

81 Evie March 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm

I think its great that so many people are getting into beekeeping. We need to replenish the bee stock and all these individual hives will help genetic diversity. My condo rules probably forbid a hive on my tiny deck ;o) I really miss the honey from my brother-in-laws hive. Local honey is great for helping with allergies. I hope some day to live somewhere with lots of land and raise chickens and bees and sheep or goats….

82 branchhomestead March 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm

we would really love to have bees here for so many reasons the honey would be wonderful too. we are hoping to have start our garden this year with fruits and vegetables. our plan is to plant some fruiting trees in the fall. we would love to be a safe place for the bees to come. we are running an organic homestead here and plan on planting a variety of native plants which i’ve heard is suggested to help the bees.
i keep taking the bee books out of the library but it’d be wonderful to have my own!
~sunshine and happiness

83 Dawn Bahr March 30, 2010 at 10:55 pm

I am a new student to self reliance and would love to learn more about beekeeping. I just planted my own square foot garden! Yay!

84 Lady Radagast March 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm

There are tons of reasons to be interested in beekeeping! Encouraging and supplying the all-important pollinators is one of them – we’d be lost without bees! However, delicious honey isn’t far behind on the list.

The catch is that I’m working hard to overcome a moderate bee phobia in order to make the dream a reality, but I think it’ll be worthwhile several times over!

85 rona Thau March 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm

i’m interested in keeping bees because they’re fascinating and they make yummy honey and other by products that are edible and healthy! oh i hope i win!

86 vickie March 30, 2010 at 11:35 pm

congratulations on your bees which will be at your farm in may. you are braver than I am I couldn’t stand to have a bee on me. I don’t like bugs insects etc.

87 Erin L March 31, 2010 at 7:09 am

Bees are fascinating creatures. Sadly, I saw very few bees last year, and I wonder how my garden got pollinated. Gotta love the honey, too.

88 Judy in NH March 31, 2010 at 7:22 am

My cousin keeps bees and we have been watching the process for a number of years. In our effort to produce as much of our own food as possible beekeeping is another step. They are so good for the growing process.

89 Anna Marie March 31, 2010 at 7:30 am

We put in a garden every year and hardly ever see bees. Maybe they come out while we are not watching, because we always have great vegetables. I think beekeeping would be a good idea to help pollinate our garden.

90 Becky March 31, 2010 at 7:36 am

One word: fruit. Without bees, we’d probably starve. I eventually plan on putting in a mini orchard and the bees will make my trees (and future raspberries and blueberries) very happy. Me, too.

91 Samantha March 31, 2010 at 7:59 am

Beekeeping! I find it incredibly interesting. We love honey in our house, so having our own right outside would be grand. Also, you might be interested in looking at author Neil Gaiman’s journal–he keeps bees in Minnesota and his entries about them are always fascinating to read. (journal.neilgaiman.com/)

92 allison March 31, 2010 at 8:51 am

i’m really fascinated by bees and the way they build a home and make sweet food. i love and frequently use honey and beeswax, and after reading “farm city” i’d definitely like to try my hand at keeping bees.

93 StephCat March 31, 2010 at 9:33 am

totally interested in this…we have native plants in our frontyard & the # of bees is incredible, I love watching them rolling in the flowers. They’re totally loving the poppies & ceanothus right now.

94 Jennie March 31, 2010 at 10:36 am

aside from “saving the bees”, I’d love to have some home-fostered honey – so delicious!

95 kelly March 31, 2010 at 10:52 am

My mother and I were at the state fair last summer and spoke with the most charming person about beginning beekeepeing. I think it would be a wonderful project we could take on together and learn about!

96 Julie March 31, 2010 at 10:53 am

I’ve always wanted to keep bees. My dad kept bees when I was little. Unfortunately, I live in a city with specific ordinances against it. I think it’s part of my interest to grow as much of my own food as possible with my tiny little piece of ground in a city.

97 Natalie March 31, 2010 at 11:49 am

We’re breaking ground on our new “old” farmhouse this week and amongst my many hobby farms plans are bees. I would LOVE to win one of these books! Thanks!

98 ludistitcher March 31, 2010 at 11:54 am

I *love* honey and I love that eating local honey can help combat allergies. We also really enjoy watching them visit our garden plants in the summer.

99 Denise March 31, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Beekeeping seems like a great project for our little hobby-farm start-up. My daughters have always loved bees and had to be taught to be a little wary of them ie: don’t try to “help” them off of the flowers. We’d love a copy of the book to help us get started.

100 Johanna March 31, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I’m interested in beekeeping I love honey! Can it get any simpler than that?

101 KMJones March 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Have you ever read the Beekeeper’s Apprentice, by Laurie R. King? a mystery novel, rather than an actual guide book… but it does introduce the idea of a hive mind, which is something I find incredibly fascinating

102 Cheryl March 31, 2010 at 5:53 pm

am interested in beekeeping because I reap the benefit of the bees – more fruits and vegetables from our garden and the possibility of *really* local honey which will also help my allergies!

103 Alice March 31, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I want to get into beekeeping because honey is delicious

104 Jonathan March 31, 2010 at 6:48 pm

There are a number of reasons that I want to learn about beekeeping:
1) My desire for raising sheep, chickens, and ducks is currently stymied by the fact that my wife and I live in a condominium.
2) I have a budding patio vegetable garden and I am tired of self-pollinating the buds- why can’t the bees do it for me?
3) I really think that yellow and black are great colors.
4) “Flight of the Bumblebee” is a great piece of music and I want to see if the book includes instructions in regards to training bees to play the song.
5) With bees come honey and with honey comes Winnie the Pooh :-)
6) I want to train bees to attack annoying solicitors and obnoxious neighbors.

Please pick me!

105 Claudine March 31, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Beekeeping for honey, for my garden and just to watch them work. I loved reading “The Secret Life of Bees” and all that it detailed about bee habits and the comparisons to people’s lives.

106 Chelsea March 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I’m interested in beekeeping — simply for the fact that I love honey! Beyond the flavor, there are touted health benefits (including helping allergies) attributed to honey.

107 Lisa March 31, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Because local honey in my cup of tea is one of my favorite things!
(and my garden would love the bonus pollenators!)

108 Ashley April 1, 2010 at 2:54 am

I would love to keep bees for the honey! I’d also appreciate being able to do me own little part in keeping the bee population up and pollinating my garden (that I can’t wait to have some day). I dream of a small-holding when we can afford a place of our own.

109 Jerianne April 1, 2010 at 7:53 am

Leaving a positive footprint on the earth, gardening, planting trees and bees for my 17 acre gentlewomans farm. I would love to do it right.

110 Louise April 1, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Why wouldn’t you be interested in bee keeping?! Bees are fascinating! And important! Sign me up for the draw! We live on a beautiful acre that we are transforming into gardens and homesteading, and there is space for bees!

111 Nancy L. April 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm

You will love it! I’ve been keeping bees for a number of years now, not so much for the honey, that’s more of a bonus. They are fascinating, and there is nothing more relaxing than the hum emanating from the hive on a lazy summer day.

112 naomi April 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I love honey and have the space in my yard that would be perfect for bee keeping. Plus the family that lives in front of me would love more bees for their garden and arbor.

113 Becky in South Bend April 1, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Bees have fascinated me ever since I was a little girl; particularly, their sense of family and community. Every one of the girls has a distinct purpose and they’re so dedicated! The way they create honeycombs, communicate with each other through dance, find pollen, find their way back to the hive, attend to the needs of the greater community is simply wonderous! I empathize with your passion for the little creatures.
I think it’s possible that you’re so taken by the bees, because you’re so much alike!

114 Bonnie April 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I would love to win this for my husband. He was raised on a sheep and crop farm, and is feeling the pull “back to the land” and a sustainable lifestyle (so am I!). He has been tapping our maples for syrup the past few years, and now wants to begin keeping bees. Someday we will have sheep too. Thanks for such a great giveaway!

115 elsie April 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Hey Susan, I keep bees in C’ville and took the same class you did. The folks are great! The bees were my starter livestock for my teeny little urban farm, and now I have added ducks. Would love to have a dairy goat at some point, but that is the future. Good luck with your hive and hopefully, the beekeeping folks have hooked you up with a mentor. It is nice to have someone to run things by the first few times you are in the hive.

116 Nanci Byers April 3, 2010 at 12:18 am

I am thinking about keeping bees on my flat roof of my house.

117 Michelle April 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Fresh honey! I think it will help my allergies to eat local honey, too. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

118 BestBeekeeping April 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Help save the honey bees, pollinate the garden, chill out from everyday stresses, all that delicious honey …. how could you NOT be interested in beekeeping??

119 Trisha Crutchfield April 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Unfortunately, I’m unemployed and I need something to do besides apply for jobs. A little honey money sure wouldn’t hurt! In the past several years I lost many of the people in my life that I took care of…beekeeping will help me keep up my mothering skills,

120 Karen Levine March 31, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I’ve always been afraid of bees. Bee stings as a kid have always had me running, screaming and flailing my arms. Pathetic at my age, but what can ya do. But when I read the book, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, I became fascinated with bees and honey. I started tasting different kinds of honey (who knew there were so many). My running, screaming and flailing arms are restricted to wasps these days.

121 Star July 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

This is the perfect way to break down this ifonrmation.

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