Maybe you’ve got a nice grassy meadow or an open rooftop in Brooklyn that you occasionally look at wistfully and think, damn, I could totally have a beehive—and ultra-local honey!
You know honeybees are on the decline, and you’d like to do your part, but you’re not sure what beekeeping really involves. Is it time consuming? How hard is it to keep a colony alive? To get a sense of what it’s really all about, we reached out to Michael Schmaeling, a beekeeper at the Rodale Institute, to dispel some of beginners’ misconceptions and give us insight into the best organic practices. Here are 6 things to know before taking the plunge.
(On just a quarter-acre of land, you can produce fresh, organic food for a family of four—year-round. Rodale's The Backyard Homestead shows you how; get your copy today!)