A Person Who Keeps Honey Bees is a Beekeeper. Here are the things you should think about and take action on:
There are several steps that we advise to become a beekeeper. One is contact your local beekeeping club. Make that contact to see when a beginner bee class will begin and begin attending monthly meetings.
The next step is request beekeeping catalogs (Brushy Mountain, Mann-Lake, Dadant, Rossman and Miller Bee Supply). Those catalogs are very informative and you can familiarize yourself on equipment to purchase.
The next step is set aside a budget of about $500 for all your supplies for one year. That includes, beginner class, two colonies, the woodenware, tools, and protective gear.
The next step is start looking for a place to put your bees. Bees need good forage with lots of nectar and pollen. The best situation is different plants that offer blooms all year round. The other thing that is important is water, bees need water to produce honey.
The next step is buy a beekeeping book. We recommend " First Lessons in Beekeeping", "Beekeeping For Dummies' There are a ton of books out there but this a good one that will get you started.
The next step is to find a beekeeping mentor that will help you answer all the questions.
You may want to follow us on Facebook/SC State Beekeepers. We can help you with questions too. The State Assoc. offers a bee class at our summer meeting. When you become a State Member you will get notification of all our events. Visit our website often to stay informed.
The spring is a good place to start keeping bees. So you have time between now and then to research and get involved in the meetings.
Wow, that is your homework assignment! Get Busy!