Connecting moms in Polk County, Fla.
(EDIT): This post was made over a year ago. I have already gotten bees and have learned quite a bit since this original posting):
I was contemplating becoming a hobbyist beekeeper - for several reasons:
To perpetuate the collapsing bee colonies and for the honey and many other extremely healthy byproducts which come from bees.
Does anyone do this here locally?
Funny (or scary ;) lol), I was googling the very same thing earlier today.
I have seen on Old Polk City Rd near Walt Williams, if you're familiar with that area, someone who sells their own honey. I've never pulled in to check them out although I have been tempted many times. My neighbor had bees last year, but I don't think he kept up with it. I'd have to ask him if he is still trying it out - I haven't been on his property in a long time.
I think this is the place I've seen on Old Polk City Rd. I've seen "self serve" on the sign
(see I can play nice sometimes)
Another, funny! I talked to a friend today about bees, too.
I've often thought of keeping bees. My dad was a bee hobbyist and I remember 'working' the hives with him as a child. It's fond memories for me (I'm a Daddy's girl). When my dad retired he moved from Polk to the saltwater. He downsized a lot to prepare for their move. In a pile of things he was throwing out I saw his 2 bee smokers. I scoffed him, with a, "How dare you throw those out?" and they are now proudly displayed on a shelf in my living room.
I look at them often, wistfully. I want bees.
Maybe we can all get together and form the Hep-B-Free-Bees Association of Polk County. lol
I really appreciate that info, ladies.
And Alicia, I've always thought you were very nice and pleasant although we have disagreements on several issues. I respect you because you do not engage in name-calling. You state your side of the issue and back it up as well as you can. You gotta love that.
But yes, any input on the bee issue would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much for all the info, y'all.:)
Hey, I was wondering about keeping children safe from the bees and how to keep the neighbors from getting mad. Have any of you ever seen someone do this in a residential area?
Take a look at the kiddie beekeeper suit:
18watt, when I was a kid I dressed in a thick shirt, jeans and a beekeepers hat with veil. I would rubber band my gloves and sleeves together and the same at the bottom of my pants. It worked like a charm!
The bee population decline has me concerned. Any time I see someone attempting to kill a bee I ask them not to. I'm a catch and release girl for these critters, but not all fliers get that distinction around here. Mosquitoes are fair game!
I'm a BIG fan of honey! I have 4 jars, right now, in my pantry. I like the different flavors from regions, seasons, and the flowers from which the honey was produced in the pollination process.
I did see that the Agriculture extension had at one time a bee keeping class (along with other agriculture related classes) that I was very interested in. I believe it was this past spring? I wish I would have went.
Shawn, I' sure you would expect this side of it from me, but as you are probably well aware, there are different camps in how beekeeping should be approached. A lady whom I talk with quite a bit on FB concerning health issues chimed-in about this issue and said that there is an organic and conventional route to take with beekeeping. She does it herself in Arizona, the organic way. Here were some of her comments the other day regarding this topic:
Virtually ALL Apiarists - or "Beeks" to those familiar - are familiar with the term "treatments'. Just start asking a few innocent questions, as if you're a new Beek yourself; what do ...you use to control mites? what do you use to control fungus? what size foundation do you use? plastic foundation? how often do you replace your queens? What do you feed them? If you ask "what" instead of "do you", you'll get the real answer. Commercial beekeepers often don't like to admit they use chem treatments...but nearly all are convinced they're necessary and spend a ton on them - the 'industry gives free education (are ya starting to get the concept?).
The best answers to the above questions are 1) nothing, 2) nothing, 3) 4.9mm, 4) the bees build their own, 5) the bees take care of that themselves, 6) they eat their own honey. A well-cared-for queen can live 5 years, if a beek replaces queens every year, they're murdering the queens just to stick to an artificial schedule. If they have to feed them sugar water or HFCS - even over the winter - they're robbing too much honey for their bees to live on. PETA should be having appoplexy over the commercial beekkeeping industry, but sadly....
There's a yahoo group called organic beekeepers where you may be able to inquire for guidance to someone keeping bees with integrity in your area. I get their newsletter Here's the link:
http://pets.groups.yahoo.c om/group/Organicbeekeepers /
Tucson is home to their winter international conference & Massachusetts for the summer one. Damn nice bunch of folks; they'd Love you & your kids ♥
♥ BTW the 8 products are: Honey, Wax, Royal Jelly, Beebread, Beebrood, Bee Venom, Pollen, and Propolis Propolis is the immune system of the beehive - *very* beneficial to humans immune systems. When you find a treatment-free Beek, please put them on your payroll & buy these things for their wonderful benefits to your household. ♥
you can't see me but I'm sitting in the audience here:
next is the people I bought my hive from - the Golden Mean version:
...and this is the best recent effort at educating the public:
and here is a great lot of info & pics about natural beekkeeping:
this talk from the conference I went to is stellar from the PhD owner of a natural medicine co. in the UK
There is a Bee Keeper, who is off Of Old Hwy 37 on South Lakeland. Down further toward Shepherd Rd. I use to buy honey there all the time. :) Good Luck.
I love the raw honey inside the comb. I like the feeling of chewing on the wax too.
I read somewhere that you can actually eat the bee too (to help with certain allergies). I think it is ground up and put in capsules. Must not be very common because I asked the people at Kelly's about it, and they weren't really sure what I was talking about. I think they give it a name (starts with an A) and sell it in certain natural food stores. I'm curious if anyone has heard of this or tried it.
I have also seen the people on TV who let dozens of bees sting them to help with certain illnesses. Curious about that too.