Q: How do I start beekeeping?
A: The best way to start learning about beekeeping is to find a local mentor. Join or attend one of our OBBA meetings to find a mentor in your area. Our meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month, at the Orange County UF/IFAS Extension Center (6021 S Conway Rd, Orlando, FL 32812), at 7PM. We usually meet in the main auditorium; the building closest to Conway Road.
Q: What beekeeping books to you recommend reading?
A: Since beekeeping practices vary by region and climate, it is very important to listen to the advice of experienced beekeepers in your area rather than merely looking up information on the Internet or reading books. If you wish to supplement what you learn at meetings and workshops, here are some reading suggestions:
- Beekeeping for Dummies, by Howland Blackiston
- First Lessons in Beekeeping, by Keith Delaplane
- The Beekeeper’s Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses, by Richard Jones
Q: Where can I buy equipment?
A: You can buy equipment from the D&J Apiary truck that conveniently comes to our monthly meetings. You can pre-order equipment ahead of time by calling (352)-669-4233 or messaging them on their Facebook page. Make sure to arrive early to pick up your equipment!
Q: Where can I buy bees?
A: You can buy bees from our club members. When bees are available for purchase, we post notices on our mailing list.
Q: How do I register my hives with the state of Florida?
A: Find and contact the apiary inspector for your county by clicking on this link.
Q: How do I find information about what is blooming and how do I treat my bees for a specific time of year?
A: Go to this link of the University of Florida honey bee research lab by clicking on this link. Scroll down to “In The News” section, and look for, “Beekeeper Management Calendar” for the reference calendars we present each month.