Background to Beekeeping: Start with Why!
- 2.5 hours on-demand video
- 1 article
- 10 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- 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
- 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!
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.
- 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
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).
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.
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.