Monday, March 17, 2008
This past Saturday, I attended the 2008 Bluegrass Beekeeping School in Frankfort, KY. I highly recommend that a beginner in beekeeping attend at least one of these conferences or workshops before getting their start in beekeeping. You can gather a lot of relevant information and resources at these events. At this particular event there were several 'tracks' that one could take, including a beginner track and others covering topics like diseases, beekeeping value added products and services, and more academic topics like honeybee biology and anatomy. Vendors attend these conferences where you can get a hands-on look at beekeeping books and equipment. If you purchase your equipment at these events you can save some money on shipping.
If you decide to attend, be prepared to take lots of notes and ask questions. I'd also suggest shaking hands with and introducing yourself to some of the local experts, officials, and other beginners in attendance. You'll end up really excited and ready to get started in beekeeping.