Most adults remember the nursery rhyme about bringing home a baby bumble bee so mom would be so proud of me. As I planned my first year of beekeeping, I learned there was a little more to it than cupping my hands around a furry, small, black and yellow being. Today, I share with you key steps of my journey, with the hope that you’ll consider walking down this same path.

For 12 months I studied beekeeping. I created a long list of bookmarked websites, read books on the subject, attended beginner beekeeping classes, joined the local beekeepers association and had a few coffee chats with experienced beekeepers. Yet I still did not feel prepared. I signed up for another beekeeper class, just in case I had forgotten all I had learned.

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