Background to Beekeeping: Start with Why!
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Background to Beekeeping: Start with Why!

A beginner's guide to bees and beekeeping and how beekeeping can transform your life for the better
4.4 (176 ratings)
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663 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2020
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Explain the surprising multiple benefits of beekeeping
  • Explain the history and current status of world bees and beekeeping
  • Explain the broad approaches to beekeeping
  • Give an overview of world production and trade in honey
  • Decide if beekeeping is something you want to start
Requirements
  • You need to be able to use a computer at beginner level to view the course content
  • No beekeeping experience necessary - just your interest in bees and beekeeping!
Description

Beekeeping has very many benefits/potential benefits.  Established beekeepers may not even be aware of all the benefits they, their family and community are getting from their beekeeping enterprise.  This course will give you a very good overview of the history and current state of bees and beekeeping around the world, the honey trade, why you should get into beekeeping, how you can benefit personally from beekeeping and how your local community and the planet will thank you as well.  The course will give you the WHY of beekeeping which is essential before you get lost in the detail of the HOW.  Remember reasons always come first and once you understand why you should start beekeeping you will figure out the how.  The WHY of beekeeping is absolutely essential to your success as a beekeeper.  The course ends by giving you the first key step on the road to learning the HOW of beekeeping. 

In addition to other resources included with the course there are two free downloadable beekeeping books (PDF format) for your further reference.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone interested in learning about bees and beekeeping
  • Anyone interested in having a better understanding of the honey trade
  • Anyone interested in understanding the benefits of bees and beekeeping
  • Anyone interested in starting a small scale beekeeping enterprise
  • Anyone wondering if beekeeping is a good hobby to start
  • Existing beekeepers who want to broaden their understanding of beekeeping
Course content
Expand all 17 lectures 02:30:50
+ Background to beekeeping and Why You should become a beekeeper
11 lectures 02:14:10

This lecture introduces you to the course instructor and also gives you an overview of the course content which is focused on providing you with  the 'Why' of beekeeping before you get lost in the detail of the 'How' of beekeeping.  Please download the document 'Key Beekeeping Terms' and refer back to it when you come across a beekeeping term you don't understand. 

Practical Hive Inspection: If you would like to see what it is like to open a hive of bees come join me as I put on my beesuit, light my smoker and go and inspect one of my beehives (see link to the video in the lecture resources). 

Preview 06:59

This lecture explains the key difference between bees and wasps and gives an overview of bee species, which ones are used for honey production and why.

Preview 14:41
There are people taking this course from all over the world. We all have an interest and appreciation for bees and want to learn more about them. Let's share, learn from each other and inspire each other to learn more about bees and beekeeping.
Introduce yourself
3 questions

In this lecture we look at the health of bees worldwide and why it is important to the future of humanity to have healthy bees.

Status of Bees around the World
12:49

In this lecture we will look at what we can do as individuals and as a community of concerned people to help bees and avert their decline.

What can we do to help bees?
10:39

In this lecture we will look at the benefits of bees and beekeeping part one.

Why keep bees? Part 1
16:08

In this lecture we will look at the benefits of bees and beekeeping part two.

Why keep bees? Part 2
22:58

In this lecture we will look at a case study of the benefits of bees and beekeeping.

Case Study: My own beekeeping Journey
06:16

In this lecture we will look the broad types or categories of approaches to beekeeping.

Broad approaches to beekeeping
11:37

In this lecture we will look at a brief history of beekeeping.

History of beekeeping
11:24

An overview of the international honey trade: which are the main honey producing countries worldwide, which countries are the main importers and quality concerns raised in the market.

The honey trade - an overview
06:37

Honey bees sting and if you become a beekeeper you must expect some stings along the way.  This lecture will give you an overview of bee stings.

Bee stings
14:02
+ Summary and Sources of Further Information/The Next Steps
5 lectures 15:28

This lecture introduces the second section of this course.

Introduction to part 2 of the course
01:36

This lecture gives a summary of what we have covered to date so that I can remind you how far you have come along the journey to a better understanding of bees and beekeeping.

Summary of what we have learned
04:31
The bee quiz covering all what we have learned so far
8 questions

This lecture provides a list of great books, videos, TED talks and beekeeping journals for further beekeeping reading and watching including many free online resources.

Resources
00:46

As the course draws to an end this lecture will give you some key actions to take to move you forward on your beekeeping journey.

What's next?
07:15

Thanks for seeing this course through to the end.  Thank you for your commitment and dedication. The more people who know and love bees and beekeeping, the better a world we will all have. Let's spread the message! Thank you, Tom.

Congratulations lecture - you have reached the end (also the beginning!)
01:20
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1 lecture 00:05
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00:05