In Business with Bees answers the question, 'What do I do now that I'm a beekeeper?' This book takes serious beekeepers past the beginning stages and learning curves and offers solutions and rewards for turning a hobby into a part-time business with measurable results. Better queens, better winters, better food, and better bees await any beekeeper willing to take on the challenge, weighing the proper number of bees, age, location, condition, and timing. Features detailed instructions on: - Growing a honey crop - How to write a business plan - How to write a pollination contract - Opening and stocking a store - And more... This book builds upon an established knowledge of beekeeping with real-world study, smart, intuitive thinking, and setting of goals to achieve a balance of biology and business.
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13 September 2018
IntroductionChapter 1: Growing Your Operation-How Big Do You Want to Get? More info on professional business planning, working with banks and USDA loan agencies, USDA programs for beginner agriculture * Trading Time for Money * Business Goals and Bigger Pictures * Buying Equipment * Breakthrough: Lease Land for Beeyards * Expanding Your Honey House Chapter 2: A New Look at Honey Production De-emphasis on honey production due to increased competition with foreign honey and smaller returns. Meanwhile focusing on how to grow margins on local honey when volume is lower. * What it Once Was and Why It Changed * Non-Agricultural Areas * Expanding Natural Bloom * Migratory Beekeeping for Nectar Crops * Planning a Honey Crop * Growing Your Own, with Help * How Much Land Is Required? * Working with Landowners with Lots of Land * Recommended Plantings for Honey Bees * This Land Is My Land Chapter 3: Royalty-Finding the Best Queen * Royal Lineage * The Queens We Can Get * What Do You Want from Your Bees? * What Kind of Beekeeper Are You? * Buying Queens * Raising Your Own Queens * Raising Production Queens * Background Check for Drone Colonies Chapter 4: The Working Class-The Bees that Beekeepers Keep Enhanced chapter for better moneymaking. Far less basic beekeeping info, more focus on having the right bees, timing, and methods. Keeping bees is easier if youre not making honey, so this is a new shift. Updating electronic monitoring equipment and cloud storage options, but more important is not the how but the why: economics, labor, speed. * Preventing Springtime Swarming * All About Honey Production * Pests and Other Problems Chapter 5: Pollination Writing contracts, equipment needed, understanding pesticides, partnering with other beekeepers and pollination brokers, moving to staging yards, protection/nutrition in staging yards, working with growers on providing forage, and how to calculate your fee.Chapter 6: Wintering Your Bees Wintering indoors has become more popular and efficient and may no longer require building a separate structure-rather than moving bees to southern climates. Traditional wintering outside is also covered. * Winter Rules * Take Care of the Bees * The Natural Question * How Much Honey? * When Its Really Cold * Pollen Summary Glossary Resources Suppliers Index Credits About the Author Acknowledgments
Kim Flottum brings a background of more than a decade of plant science, honey bee research, and basic farming to his thirty years as the editor of Bee Culture magazine where his main occupation is finding the answers to the multitude of questions that beginning, intermediate, and even advanced and experienced beekeepers bring to the table. He teaches beginning and advanced beekeeping courses, travels extensively to educate and lecture, and contributes to a variety of other publications on the basics of honey bees and beekeeping biology, the business of bees and pollination, producing and using varietal honeys, and a host of other subjects. His books, magazine articles, interviews, and blogs are widely read for both their fundamental and advanced contribution to beekeeping knowledge. His magazine platform gives voice to his social commentary on topics ranging from genetically modified foods to pesticide abuse to both good and bad government regulations in the industry. He is beekeepings leading advocate for fundamental honey bee safety including insuring excellent honey bee health, providing extraordinary forage, and minimizing the use of agricultural pesticides.