Bees! In honor of Earth Day (April 22, 2017), meet the world’s newest beekeeper (me)! Mr. Bean and I are moving in the direction of re-opening our home to more children in the near future, but in the meantime … I needed more living things to nurture. 🙂 So, I’m starting a new endeavor: beekeeping.
Truth be known, I’ve been wanting to get started with beekeeping for a while. A few years ago, I attended an event at Soil Born Farm that introduced me to the possibility of urban (suburban?) beekeeping. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to get started. However, until recently, beekeeping was prohibited in our area. Thankfully, that recently changed!
So after much conversation with Mr. Bean, an awesome local beekeeping advocacy organization, and of course after getting clearance from our foster agency, we are finally moving forward! My bees will technically arrive the day after Earth Day, but hey … close enough! 🙂
Aside from beginning a new hobby, and eventually having access to my OWN source of local, raw honey, beekeeping is important to me for environmental reasons. Bees are crucial to our food supply. Decreases in bee population (due to pesticide usage, and neonicotinoids in particular) impact our food supply. So, in a sense, I feel like I am doing my part to give back to our planet by nurturing a community of honey bees.
Beyond that, I am also excited for the possibilities for teaching Little Bean through beekeeping! Little Bean and I love being outside together. We love playing, hiking, and working in the garden. Bugs are right up his alley! So beekeeping will facilitate a natural learning opportunity that taps into his interests. It will also give us something fun to do, learn about, and connect over!
I’m not gonna lie .. there is a lot to learn! I found a book at my local beekeeping supply store called The Beginner’s Guide to Beekeeping. <affiliate link> But I am super excited to dig in and get started! Stay tuned for updates!