We were honored to have Josh Trujillo stop by the new hive location Ron has set up.

Josh is a photographer for the Seattle PI, and he also recently received the Associated Press Cowles Cup Trophy. (Basically that means he’s the AP photographer of the year.)

Josh-Trujillo-Trophy

He took some shots of Ron’s bees for fun. But mostly for his upcoming book on how our food makes it to the table.

Here’s some of the highlights.

Install-Packages Install-Bees-Going-Inside Install-Bees-Hanging Install-Frames Install-Queen Install-Queen-Cage Install-Queen-Into-Hive Install-Shaking-Bees Install-Shaking-Bees2 Install-Jimmy Install-Happy-Hives

You can check out more of Josh’s incredible work at the link below:

http://www.joshuatrujillo.com/farmers-bring-us-holiday-feasts

Welcome!

Thanks to this great post from Mercola.com we have a lot of new folks coming to our website.  Many of you are looking to learn more about beekeeping and probably want to know where to start.  With so much information on the website this is how we’d suggest learning more:

First thing first, make sure to sign up for our Free Beekeeping Kit.   You’ll get information and videos sent right to you so you can learn more about beekeeping.

Then check out our Basic Beekeeping Video.  This video takes you through the beginning steps of beekeeping and will help you decide if beekeeping is right for you.

Next, as you learn more you will probably want information on specific topics.  You can find more information in our blog posts.  The easiest way to find this information is scroll to the bottom of our Home Page and look to the right side of the page.  There you’ll see the tags we’ve put on our blog posts and you can use these tags to find the topic you’d like to learn about.

You’ll also want to check our our forum.  This is a great place to share information and ask specific questions.  You’ll also find a wealth of information on the forums so make sure to poke around to see if your question has already been answered.

 

 

Hey everyone,

Hope your day is going well!

I just found this hive in a pond near my house. (Video below)

Do you know what type of hive it is?

Just to make things more fun: Tell me what you think the hive is in the comments section below the video and we’ll pick a name from the comments to send a free World Of Beekeeping sticker to.

Tell me what you think the hive is in the comments below and you could win a free sticker!

Hey everyone, I hope you’re doing great!

It’s about time for the “honey flow” in my neck of the woods, and  I took out my video camera really quick when I was setting up for it to happen.

I thought you might enjoy the two very quick videos I made for you, just for fun.

In case you don’t know what  a honey flow is: Basically a honey flow is when a bunch of flowers all open up at the same time and the bees go crazy gathering nectar from the flowers to make honey.

Normally, it’s good to know when the flowers in your area all start to open up for the bees, that way you can prepare your hives to give the bees the best chance of storing that honey.

Here’s the two quick videos.

Video – Part 1:

Video – Part 2:

Happy beekeeping!
-Ron

Many of our fans are beginning beekeepers, overwhelmed with all the things needed to get started beekeeping.

What do I need?  What do I have to have to get started?

As many of you know, for a while we attempted to bring you kits to fit this need but eventually we realized that selling kits was taking away from what we really want to do… teach people beekeeping!

Fortunately we’ve now partnered with a great company who will be selling and distributing kits.  Best yet…

They Come Assembled!

This is Russ and guess what? He’s Ron’s brother-in-law!

Check out how beautiful these hives look!

In summary here’s what you’ll get:

  • Two deep hive boxes (with all frames and foundations.)
  • One medium super box (with all frames and foundations.)
  • A weather resistant telescoping lid (for the top of your hive.)
  • A screened bottom board (for a foundation and to keep your bees cool in summer.)
  • An entrance reducer (for winter/cold weather.)
  • A high quality stainless smoker (for calming your bees.)
  • A hive tool (for moving and scraping frames, etc.)
  • bee brush ( for gently moving bees )
  • A full beekeeping suit. (A high quality very comfortable hooded suit and veil.)
  • High quality soft leather beekeeping gloves.
  • 2 Jar inside feeder (feeds your bees and easily fits inside on top of your inner cover.)
  • Our very own “Basic Beekeeping” DVD *AND* Our “Beyond The Basics” DVD. So you get two full length DVDs to get you going right away.

You’ll get all of this for only $499.99 + shipping!

To find out more and get started with your quick start beekeeping equipment kit click HERE!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hey everyone,

I hope your day is going great!

We’ve got some pretty good news!

Almost a year ago we let you all know that although everyone seemed to love our quick start beekeeping equipment kits, we couldn’t keep selling them because
we’re a pretty small shop. We just didn’t have the resources to continue to find the best materials and put them together in a way that could get you started beekeeping in record time.

If you were able to grab one of those kits in the past, congrats to you! You were one of the lucky ones, and I hope you’re having a great time with the kit.

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Here’s the good news
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Although we can’t get the kits personally and put them together,
due to the success and quality of our kits in the past, one of our
partners actually went out and replicated our kit design and everything
in the package.

So that means if you missed out on the kits in the past, or if you want
to start beekeeping this season, you can pick up your own quick start
beekeeping kit today!

Just click the link below for more details:

http://www.worldofbeekeeping.com/beekeeping-equipment-quick-start-kit/

If you grab the whole kit, it includes both of our DVD’s to get you started
beekeeping quickly and easily.

For only a few days I’m going to take 66% off the price of our Basic
Beekeeping DVD, and instead of $59.97, I’m reducing it to $19.99.

If you want to start beekeeping this season, this is really your last chance
to get everything together before spring comes. And spring is when
you’ll want to start up your hive this year.

We’re doing everything we can to make this as easy as possible for you
and to get you started beekeeping in a fun and easy way.

And yes, this is me officially pushing you to get started today

You can grab our entire quick start beekeeping equipment kit *including*
both of our DVDs, a suit, hive, smoker, and everything else you need
to get going right away. Just click the link below for more information.

http://www.worldofbeekeeping.com/beekeeping-equipment-quick-start-kit/

Thank you for being part of the World Of Beekeeping family,
I really appreciate it.

And as always happy beekeeping!
-Ron

Right Now

Everyone wonders what they can be doing for their bees at this time of the year.  It’s colder than normal and for many we’re looking at rain and snow.  Depending on your experience there are many options of things you can be doing for your bees.

  1. If you don’t have bees yet or even if you do make sure to pick up our videos and learn more about becoming a better beekeeper.  This will be helpful when it warms up and gets you learning new information before you actually need it.  You can find our Basic Beekeeping video here and our Beyond the Basics video here.
  2. Build equipment.  Now is the time to find out what you might need or might be missing.  Order replacement parts and build up anything you’ll need for the new beekeeping year.
  3. Read!  Beekeeping is not for those who like to “know” everything.  No matter how long you’ve been beekeeping there will always be new things to learn and new ideas to try.  There isn’t one right answer for beekeeping problems that will apply to everyone or every area so learning new options gives you some ideas of what you might want to try this coming year.
  4. Feed?  Depending on your conditions, the strength of your hive and your own desire to peek into the hive in the winter you may decide to feed at this time of the year.  You’ll not want to put on sugar water so fondant will be important.  You can learn about fondant feeding in our videos.  Just remember, if you do get into the hive do it quickly and disturb your bees as little as possible.
  5. Go to meetings.  This is a great time to connect with your fellow beekeepers.  If you’re not regularly going to meetings this is a great time to start as your fellow beekeepers aren’t as busy as they’ll be in the upcoming months.

While this may be the slow time of the year, there’s still plenty you can do at any time to become a better beekeeper.

What are you doing right now?

Shipping and the Holidays

Hello all,

Just a quick update that our warehouse will be closed for a period of time over the holidays.  They will be working a half day on Friday, December 21st and then they’re closed until January 2nd.  If you order from us over this period of time your order will ship on January 2nd or 3rd.  Happy Holidays everyone and happy beekeeping!

 

photo by mikebaird on Flickr

Order Now for the Holidays

We received this notice from our warehouse and we want to let you know… if you want one of our DVDs in time for Christmas you’ll need to order soon!

Hello everyone,

Christmas is fast approaching. According to the post office all domestic orders that need to arrive in time for Christmas must be placed by Dec. 16th. This does not apply to anything going outside of the US, and it is not a guarantee.

To reiterate, this is only regarding domestic shipments. There are no guarantees for orders going outside of the country due to unknown variables within customs.

 

So get your orders in soon, especially for our friends in Canada!