Welcome to Beekeeping365! A blog dedicated to documenting sustainable beekeeping via a calendar of the beekeeping season.
We are a small farm in the South Carolina Midlands, USA. We sell extracted honey, chunk honey, comb honey, and bees wax, seasonally, at the South Carolina State Farmer’s Market. Each Spring we also sell honey bee colonies from our farm. Coming in 2018 we will also be selling honey bee queens. Our educational offerings are tied to our local beekeeping association, the Mid-State Beekeepers Association. We generally provide a day in the bee yard each spring as we prepare our colonies for the season. For beekeepers completing their first year we provide check offs for the practical portion of their application to become SC Certified Beekeepers.
The idea behind this blog was to provide a glimpse at what we are doing, learning, and practicing in our apiary throughout the beekeeping year. Often, in beekeeping, our activities are proactive and we’re working on Spring while it’s still Winter. This blog follows our activities and interests much like a seasonal diary. Hopefully the readers here will gain some idea of what’s happening seasonally as well as what we’re preparing for in coming months.
As write this, we’ve been blogging slightly over a year. During that period we have shared many posts from talented and knowledgeable beekeepers as well as posted original content. Many thanks go out to those who have allowed the sharing of their content.
The name of this blog, Beekeeping365, was chosen because bees never take a day off. If you enjoy the bees as much as I do, you know neither does the beekeeper. That’s not to say I get in the hives and pester them needlessly. I do, however, spend some of each day either reading, speaking with others, planning, or in thought on matters related to managing honey bees. To that end, this blog is an active, daily, moment to consider the honey bee and the many wonders it brings.
Sassafras Bee Farm
Sassafras Bee Farm is in the Midlands of South Carolina, USA. It’s hot in the summer, typically dry, and the bees have just two short months to set aside enough nectar to last the year. If the beekeeper is lucky he gets a taste as well.