After we decided that the Beekeepers Association wasn’t for us, I was beginning to wonder where we would meet beekeepers willing to share their experiences. I specifically am interested in local knowledge from people raising bees in our West Coast climate. Who does one talk to, to get good, solid, local information?
Earlier this month, I went to a local feed/tack store, which has a great selection of beekeeping supplies. My intent was to pick up a few starter items as a gift for my husband, to start him off assembling his first hive. I stood there for some time looking at the confusing array of items to consider – suits; queen excluders; supers; frames; tools, you name it, they had it and I had no idea where to begin. Then, in walked a customer, a beekeeper to be exact. We struck up a conversation, and he kindly provided a lot of helpful information. During this time, another customer arrived and joined the conversation…and just when I thought that things couldn’t get any better, in walks the owner of a local honey bee farm, Babes Honey! Suddenly I had the undivided attention of three experienced beekeepers and an opportunity to ask all kinds of questions!
When all was said and done, we spent about an hour talking and I received so much information that I can’t possibly remember it all. They helped me pick out a super and set of pre-made frames, and advised me on what kind of queen excluder to get.
So now I know. If I need any questions answered, I’ll just head to the Beekeeping section of Buckerfields. If I hang around long enough, the answers will just come to me.