I’ve finally decided I should create a beekeeping blog. Since much of my life revolves around bees, beekeeping and bee removal it makes sense that I should be blogging.

I’m fortunate to live in San Diego where the weather is so good that bees are active all the year. In most parts there are always plants flowering. This means that the need to leave a large quantity of honey for ‘the winter’ isn’t really relevant here. Ever place has its challenges, here it’s probably rainfall, because plants need moisture in order to produce nectar. San Diego is technically desert, having low rainfall, we’re currently in the grips of a drought making it difficult for bees to find enough nectar.

It’s also quite hot, so when bees go looking for water to use to cool down the hive, they often visit people’s swimming pools, much to the chagrin of the swimmers. Ever place has it’s challenges, heat, cold, drought, wet and humidity. Fortunately honeybees are enormously adaptable so they’re able to cope with many different situations, which is of course why they’re so successful.

I plan to add beekeeping blog posts which relate to the particular conditions prevailing at the time. But ‘they’ say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so we’ll see.

One Response to “Beekeeping Blog”

  • Alex Ritzheimer

    I am Alexander Ritzheimer, a Garden Education Manager working for Frost Valley YMCA. Frost Valley YMCA is located on 5,500 acres in the heart of the Catskill Mountains, just 2 hours north of New York City. We provide people of all ages with enriching outdoor experiences. We are a non profit organization that provide year-round access to nature, adventure, and environmental education.
    In order to diversify our educational program, Frost Valley is interested in renting bees. I am looking to add a couple of beehives to our property because we will benefit from the educational opportunities bees can provide, and the pollination of our apple orchard and garden. We are aware that commercial beekeepers usually rent bees to assist farmers with pollination of local crops and usually do not rent bees for education. However, I would like to propose a partnership where Frost Valley rents bees much the same way as farmers do, with the exception that our beekeeper will work alongside the “rental” beekeeper. Since Frost Valley has not worked with bees before, we are looking for a partner with whom we can successfully maintain an apiary. We are committed to building a strong beekeeping program, but we feel that it is in our best interest to start slow. By renting bees in the first year, we can build a strong beekeeping community that will provide a safe and caring environment for bees.
    I am looking for any local bee keepers who we could pay to drop off bees at our property, and check on the bees throughout the season.

    If you know of whom I can contact, or if you have an suggestions, would you be willing to help our cause?

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