Are Bees Right For You?

Part of "Birds & Bees"

The promise of honey leads many farmers to consider raising bees at some point. For the few hours each week required to tend to the beehive it might be an attractive addition to your homestead efforts. 

But before diving in, it is important to ask yourself several questiions to determine if keeping bees is right for you.

This Course segment contains links to questionnaires, with valuable advice as you consider your responses. You will hear from beekeepers in Hawai‘i as they bring you to their hives. Additional links lead to straightforward practical information on setting out a hive and bee behavior with the hive.

Start with a talk story video with Kealoha Cariaga as he describes his beekeeping practices. Then follow the other Useful Links for practical tips, additional beekeepng stories and finally, the questionnaire.

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Useful Links:
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Kealoha Cariaga describes his beekeeping practices helping to pollinate trees across Big Island.

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A beekeeper in Hawai‘i shares practical information about raising hives, the role of the queen bee and how bees interact wth the hive.

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A beekeeper asks several good questions and advice to anyone interested in raising bees.

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VIDEO: Beekeeping on the Big Island

A great video showing the process of beekeeping and making unfiltered honey near Hilo.

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VIDEO: Beekeeping for Beginners

Sarah gives you a straightforward, no nonsense introduction to help you decide if beekeeping is right for you.

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More good questions and sensible answers for potential beekeepers. A must-read before starting!