Beekeeping for Beginners

For those who have an interest in beekeeping, but are not sure where to start, your local beekeeping club is often an excellent first step. Local beekeepers are best able to take an aspiring student and guide that student through the various stages of preparing for successfully maintaining honeybee hives. To find your closest beekeeper club, check one of these national links:

Beekeeping Clubs

Bee Culture Magazine's Beekeepig Clubs by State

Online Materials and Resources

Never before has such an abundance of information been available to so many people, and that is certainly true for beekeeping. A number of outstanding websites provide a huge amount of information for both the newcomer beekeeper and those who have decades of experience.

One of the best sites I've ever found for rock-solid information, based on decades of hands-on work combined with extensive scientific training, is Randy Oliver's  His website features beginner beekeeping info along with even-handed, expert reviews of the latest beekeeping research.  His website is regularly updated and provides extensive, practical information for beekeepers regardless of experience level.  Very highly recommended.

Additional sites include:

The Daily Green's Intro to Beekeeping's Getting Started Guide

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm's Getting Started Guide's Get Started with Bee Clubs

Bees-Online Getting Started Guide Beekeeping Educational Materials

Downloadable Reports

These PDF files provide valuable information to beginning beekeepers:

UC-Davis Getting Started Guide

ATTRA Intro to Beekeeping

Beekeeping Books

If exploring websites is not your cup of tea, you still have a wide variety of books to choose from to learn about beekeeping. We have used a variety of books over the years to guide our own efforts. While not every question will be answered in each of these books, all of them have something to offer. Our Bee Books page lists those books and provides a short description about each.

Other Resources

Many agricultural organizations may not focus on honeybees directly, but they advocate for sustainable methods at least in part to protect our insect partners. They recognize to varying degrees how critical honeybees are to continued agricultural production. Some of those organizations are:

The Demeter Association

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association

The Eco-Farm

World Sustainable Agriculture Association

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The Chicken Coop Manual

We released our very first self-published book. The Chicken Coop Manual in 2014. It is a full color guide to conventional and alternative poultry housing options, including 8 conventional stud construction plans, 12 alternative housing methods, and almost 20 different design features. This book is available on and as a PDF download.  Please visit The Chicken Coop Manual page for more information. 

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