Basic Beekeeping

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Are you a new beekeeper with little or no prior experience in beekeeping?

Maybe you have made mistakes and are discouraged with beekeeping.

Whether your goal is to start a small business, or to experiment with maintaining a treatment-free and self-sustaining bee yard, this course will give you the foundation you need. The goal of this course is to support your beekeeping adventure so that you will look back with sweetness about the decisions you have made. The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

I am immensely grateful for the published research of so many scientists and researchers that have contributed to the current knowledge of honey bees and made this course possible. I also draw from well over a decade of close involvement with honey bees and other beekeepers. This course is thoroughly researched and presented to provide a factual, truthful, and realistic perspective without bias. For instance, rather than ignoring Top Bar Hives altogether, or implying that they are the only truly natural option, this course will give you the honest facts so that you can determine the best route to take for yourself.

You may feel discouraged at the large amount of knowledge needed to keep bees. However, I would rather discourage you now than allow a row of dead hives to discourage you later. I encourage you to patiently and diligently apply yourself and you will be surprised how fast you will learn. I also want to urge you to please beware of following all the advice you find on the internet. There is a lot of confusion and passionate feelings that are simply not based on good science.

“Anything worth doing is worth doing right” – and the more we know ahead of time, the less time and money will be wasted in on the road to achieving your goals.

Whether you are interested in keeping bees as a hobby or as a business, this course will help you take one step at a time, and you will be surprised out quickly you can be successful at beekeeping.

Notice: This course is the property of Honey Glen, LLC. Participation to any extent in any part of this course constitutes your full agreement not to reproduce any part of this course in any way whatsoever, and for any purpose whatsoever, without express written permission from Honey Glen, LLC.



Module 1: Important Initial Considerations

This module will help you identify Important questions that should be considered BEFORE spending time and money on beekeeping. We want you to know that what you are doing is right, and that it is worth doing well.


Module 2: The Honey Bee Colony

This module identifies the three specialized and interdependent types of honey bees in a colony and describes how they interact to achieve survival of the colony.


Module 3: Colony Life Through the Seasons

This module describes colony life through the seasons - the natural yearly cycle of a honey bee colony. It is important to know what you should expect in each season so you can be prepared before that season. This will help you know when you should give your hives the closest attention.


Module 5: Honey Bee Colony Management

Responsible honey bee colony management is an arrangement that benefits both the bees and the beekeeper. This module explains the role of the beekeeper in selecting the breeds of bees that best suit his needs, establishing homes for these bees, and maintaining those homes.


Module 6: Honey Bee Predators, Pests, Pathogens, Poisons, and Other Problems, and Practical Prevention Practices

Learn the beekeepers responsibilities regarding predators, pests, and pathogens. There is a purpose for all living things. Learn how organisms are designed to function best and work to facilitate those conditions. Maximize nutrition and genetic stability and minimize stress factors.


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