bee keeping

Beekeeping or apiculture, from Latin is the maintenance of colonies. A beekeeper(or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect honey and other products of the hive (including propolis pollen and royal jelly to pollinate crops,or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.

A location where bees are kept is called an apiary. (wikipedia reference.) honeybee Bee Keeping has become one of the most popular hobbies in the country, right up there with gardening! So many not only find satisfaction in this hobby but love the knowledge of it helping our environment.

Educational workshops have sprung up all over the country and especially in the Carolinas with our warmer winters. Evidence from cave paintings shows that humans have been hunting for and collecting honey for 10,000 years. It has long been used on its own, and in many foods and beverages for sweetening and flavoring. Honey even has a place in religious symbolism, and is referred to in the Bible numerous times. The particular flavor of honey is based on the source of the nectar. It has been said if one consumes local honey it can help with allergies however there is no proof of this as yet. Here you will find links to helpful and educational information to encourage you along this fascinating hobby.

Honey Bee Parts

Helpful Links

NCSU Bee Keeping Notes
Bee Keeping Forum
Anatomy of a Bee
Anatomy of a Hive
NC State Bee Keepers Association
SC Beekeeping Association
List of Beekeeping Courses in NC
NC Master Beekeeping Program
North Carolina Advanced Bee Keeping
SC Master Beekeeping Course
4-H Bee info
Bee Keeping Monthly TO DO
Clemson Small Hive Video
How to install a honeybee Package
Bee Keeping tasks by Season
Pollinator Benefits/Extension MGV