Whether you’re new to beekeeping or have years of experience, the following links, videos, and books are interesting and educational. They are from experienced beekeepers who explain things simply and easily. This is only a small portion of what is available. Check back soon and often for more educational information!
2018 Beekeeping Class
Learn all you need to know about becoming a beekeeper in this series of four classes on Wednesdays in February. Registering for classes also includes a family membership for one year. The cost for the Beginning Beekeeping program is $50. You may register by sending in this form or right at the first night of class.
Wednesdays in February, 7-9 PM
Rocky River Nature Center
Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28
Educational material – “Beekeeping for Dummies” – may be purchased during the classes for an additional cost.
- Registration Form
- 2017 Syllabus
Additional resources from 2015
- Week 1: Powerpoint Presentation: Getting Started in Beekeeping
- Week 1: Basic Equipment for Beekeepers: Langstroth Hive
- Week 2: Powerpoint Presentation: Beekeeping Management
- Week 2: Bee Dump Handout
- Week 3: Beekeepers Calendar for Northeast Ohio
Swarm Prevention Methods
From Denzil StClair’s presentation for the March 2015 meeting
Whether this is your first year or 30th as a beekeeper, you must register your hives with the State of Ohio. There is a $5 fee for each apiary. This is a critically important part of keeping track of hives and bee health in our state.
For more information, click here: http://www.agri.ohio.gov/divs/plant/apiary/apiary.aspx
Anyone proposing to keep farm animals or bees on a property in the City of Cleveland shall apply for a two-year license from the City of Cleveland through its Department of Public Health on a form provided by that office (See form attached). There is No Cost for the Application.
- City of Cleveland-Department of Health Bee Hive Application
- City of Cleveland Ordinances Zoning Code
- City of Cleveland Amended Zoning Ordinance
OU Kosher Certification
In order to be granted kosher certified status, a beekeeper or any food-maker must go through the process of inspection and certification by a recognized kosher certifier. OU Kosher is one of the most widely recognized of the certifiers. The information you need to become kosher certifies is below.
- WHY OU KOSHER
- Certification Steps- 6 Steps to Kosher Certification
- 2015 Application
- Kosher Info (video)
The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden by Kim Flottum
This book is the complete “honey bee” resource with general information on bees; a how-to guide to the art of bee keeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest your own hives; as well as tons of fun facts and projects that are bee related. The second half of the book is the complete guide to honey.
The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook by Kim FLottum.
It’s the companion book to Kim’s earlier book. It’s a guide to creating, harvesting, and cooking with natural honeys.
Backyard Beekeeping by Dr. James E. Tew.
Alabama Cooperative Extension System. James E. Tew, Apiculture Advisor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University, and State Specialist, Beekeeping, and Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH 44691, phone: 330-263-3684, e-mail: Tew.firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Lessons In Beekeeping by C.P. Dadant
Originally published in 1917, this is a wonderful early work on beekeeping and contains much information and many photos. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books republished this classic work.
The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining to the Scientific and Practical Culture of Honey Bees by A.I. Root
Written in encyclopedia format and a must for any beekeeper’s reference library.
Beekeeping For Dummies by Howland Blackiston
This easy-to-follow guide removes the mystery from this pastime. Realize the benefits of keeping bees, from aiding the environment to enjoying homemade honey and wax products.
Hive Management: A Seasonal Guide for Beekeepers by Richard E. Bonney
An experienced beekeeper examines what needs to be attended to each season.
Keeping Bees by John Vivian
Aspiring bee keepers striving for self-sufficiency will find this book unique, as it gives directions for the building of hives, frames, and a wax foundation molding press.
A Book of Bees: And How to Keep Them by Sue Hubbell
Beekeeping has to be the apex of animal husbandry; it is a wondrous subject, and Hubbell does it justice. Portions of the book have appeared in the New Yorker.
Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad
This book offers a chemical free approach to beekeeping.