Here’s a very nice blog post from Beekeeping 365 about Jan Dzierzon, a pioneer beekeeper who isn’t as well known or as appreciated as he should be. It’s great to see this biography about him!
Okay, as many of my beekeeping friends might remember, I started December vowing to answer to, and identify myself as, “Lorenzo” to reservation takers, waitresses, and others. I am pleased to report that this has worked out well, with the exception of that overly serious State Trooper, so I am extending the practice another month. But Lorenzo Langstroth’s birthday month has come and gone and it is time to pick another beekeeper to honor. I encourage anyone so inclined to participate in this exercise of giving and responding to the name of a famous beekeeper for the month. Who knows when a question on the Certified Beekeepers test may become a simple remembrance due to your participation in this venture. So, with no further delay, during the month of January I will give and respond to the name, “Johann” in honor of Johann Dzierzon born January 16th, 1811. Apparently…
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Beekeeping can be a full time profession or a hobby that is simple. However, more often than not, what started as a hobby would become a profession. But you cannot just decide and tell yourself that you will begin to do beekeeping. You need to have adequate knowledge and comprehension on the subject that you are going to enter, before beginning on any avocation or profession. If you’ve been putting off your curiosity about beekeeping for quite a long time, then it is about time to indulge yourself. Bee farming may not appear difficult; learning the basic beekeeping lessons can get you off to a good start.
What does a beekeeper need to understand?
On beekeeping to begin at the right foot you should have total interest. You will need to spend time taking care of your own colonies of bees. You should have also consented to share your dwelling space with the bees. There are potential risks in beekeeping that can damage you but your family too. If you decide to allow the bees inside your living space, then you definitely must know the supplies and equipment that you will use for beekeeping. Your focus is not only to earn money by selling honey; a good beekeeper should have passion and a keen interest in raising bees.
An apiarist ought to know the right location for the beehives. If you decide to set your beehives at your backyard, you have to make sure that beekeeping is enabled in your town. There are several areas restricted to beekeeping; you have to get permission relating to this.
Beekeepers must know whether beekeeping supplies can be found in the area where the beehives are situated. When you need to attend an area beekeeping shop you may never know; it’s best that a nearby beekeeping store is reachable.
Protective gear and equipment are also essential for beekeepers to know. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the ensemble that is correct must be worn during beekeeping sessions. This will decrease the chances of being stung by your bees. Understand the right type of suit to pick to keep you from any potential danger in beekeeping.
All the efforts that are beekeeping would be futile if you are not able to harvest honey. A beekeeper should know the approaches in gathering the honey from the comb; beeswax is also part of the yields in beekeeping.