I love beekeeping. While I recognize that beekeeping is not for everyone, it is a great hobby. Here are my top 10 reasons for beekeeping.
- Your plants need pollination. Native bees will pollinate, but their numbers are dropping drastically as well. If you have noticed less production in your garden, it could be that pollination is not happening as it should.
- You are concerned about the demise of the honey bee and you want to help.
- You are already interested in the honey bee and you want to take it to the next level.
- You want a hobby that is endlessly interesting.
- You want to be a better gardener. Having honey bees will force you to pay more attention to weather, drought, plants and the seasons–because honey bees are affected by all these factors. As you pay more attention to nature, you become a better gardener. Neat, isn’t it?
- You want a front row seat to Nature. Really. Beekeepers give some boxes, frames, and maybe some food to the honey bee, but their behavior is essentially the same as it is in the wild. You get to observe, learn, and be wowed.
- You will find a new respect for the honey bee. They are incredible, intelligent creatures, with a complex social structure. They work really hard and, oh yeah, they make honey.
- You want your children or grandchildren to learn about and have respect for the honey bee. We need to teach our children not to fear bees. My kids stay away from our hives and that is OK. But I know that they are listening when I share my enthusiasm and respect for the honey bee.
- You want a challenge. Well, beekeeping isn’t easy. Sometimes just keeping them alive is a challenge. But then challenges can make life more interesting, yes?
- You want some honey. Raw honey rocks. Much better than supermarket honey. While honey is not a given, (sometimes you have to leave it all for the bees) the reward is sweet.
Would you want to become a beekeeper?