Homestead Radio Hour, March 2010: Small-Scale Beekeeping

March 19, 2010 by Boorinakis

Homestead Radio Hour, Friday March 19th, 2010
with hosts Phyllis & Julia Boorinakis-Harper

A look at small-scale beekeeping — the why’s, the how’s and the rewards of having your own hive. With special guest experts Janet Brisson and Randy Oliver.

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Beekeeping on the B H Ranch
Take a look inside a beehive, watch a swarm in action, and see how we extract our honey.
Scientific Beekeeping
Randy Oliver's Web site
Country Rubes' Farm
Janet and Mike Brisson's Web site
Top Bar Bee Hive: Perfect for Backyard Beehives
Most beekeepers use Langstroth hives with stacking boxes and removable frames of comb, but some people swear by top bar hives. This page offers an explanation of top-bar hives, as well as instructions for building your own.
DIY Backyard Beekeeping: A Guide for Beginners
This slideshow, from The Daily Green, gives a good overview of beekeeping on a small scale: "If you can garden, you can be a beekeeper. It takes about the same amount of time and effort to keep your veggies producing as it does to keep bees."
National Honey Bee Awareness Day: Getting Started In Beekeeping
A handy checklist of things to consider if you'd like to get your own hive. ("Bee Day" is on August 21!)
Bees-Online: Free E-Book On Honey Bees
This free publication covers stings, swarms, top-bar hives, wheelchair beekeeping, bee removal from walls and ceilings, and much more.