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!