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About an African American Beekeeper

This Blog is about me becoming a beekeeper and encouraging others to become one too!  If I can do it, I know you can.  Start today!  I did.

Worker Bee Bringing Pollen Back to the Hive.

Worker Bee Leaving the Hive to Forage for Pollen, Nectar, or Water.

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34 Responses to “About an African American Beekeeper”
  1. D.A. says:

    Great pics..especially liking the bee carrying the pollen. Also great that you added the links as additional resources.

  2. Lorri Mason says:

    I’m a Black Female Beekeeper, I LUV my new hobby!

  3. A. Gaddie says:

    May I purchase raw honey from you?

  4. Melvin says:

    When I placed my first swarm in a hive they left, the second one I placed a frame of honey in them and later put a front feeder with sugar water and they are staying. What have been your experiences?

  5. pablo says:

    me too, I would like to BUY RAW HONEY FROM YOY… 1 gallon…

  6. jay says:

    can some one give me some info on beekeeping i’m in kansas and would love to do this and i don’t think there are any african americans doing this here… Jtinnon@cox.net any help will be appreciated…

    • Jolivette says:

      Not really sure if the author of this blog attends to it any longer. I wrote some time ago with no response. Therefor, I will try to help you since I had no one to help me.
      This is only my first year beekeeping so I am not sure if I can be of much help but I will offer what information I have to give.
      I have a two top bar Kenyan hive boxes and started this spring. This will be my first Louisiana winter and I will see how it goes.
      I didn’t harvest this summer and am waiting til spring so that they have ample food for the winter.
      I can offer moral support, I guess, but you probably need questions answered that I can’t help with. I can direct you to some resources, though.
      What I will say is stay with it and stand on your resolve. I was NOT encouraged when starting out because here in Louisiana, beekeeping is for the “good ole boys” club and they did not want to help me. In particular, they discouraged the use of the top bar hive by trying to intimidate me into believing that they were illegal. Can you believe that? ILLEGAL!!
      Madness.
      I have one resource found here: http://www.facebook.com/TheEarthWorks
      and there I chronicle my attempts and have pics.
      I also have a podcast where I speak about beekeeping in our community:
      http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wombmanssong
      In addition I have a complete list of beekeeping sites on the Earth Works page to help you get started.
      In box me privately if I can be of any further assistance.

      • Yes, I am still here. I apologize for not responding to any of your previous posts. I have been really busy with my studies. This is my third year of beekeeping and I have been contemplating giving up– not because of anything the bees are doing. For the last nine months, I have been working on my MBA and my income has gone down considerably and as you may know beekeeping can be an expensive hobby. However, the honey encourages me to keep with it along with the fact that we need bees for pollination and in order to eat. I appreciate your comments and will check your Facebook page “The Earth Works.” I will definately check out your podcasts. Thanks! AAB

      • Jolivette says:

        AWESOOOOOME!!
        I know how it is in grad school and finances.
        I hope that you will stay with it.
        I would love to have you join me on my podcast to talk more about what you are doing and to encourage others in our community to begin this rewarding process.

        Can’t tell you how happy I am to know that you didn’t give up.
        The bees need you and our community needs you and the EARTH needs you!

  7. billy says:

    do you still have bees?

    • Yes. It’s funny you ask. My bees jumped ship around this time last year when you wrote the question. The hive was completely empty. I did not have time to clean everything up and start a new one. Then low and behold, one day this past spring (2015), I was out cutting grass and saw the hive bustling with bees. They came back– well maybe not the ones that left, but I still have bees. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Corey

  8. Daniel Holmes says:

    Do you wholesale your product I share all black African American info. I can on my facebook and maybe we can help each other

  9. Rina Gardner says:

    Greetings All, I’m an African American woman who has been interested in beekeeping for over 3 years, but I have been aware of the decline of the honeybee for more than 10 years. I’m trying to to make contact with all beekeepers of color for insight, why they you do it, the rewards and what I can expect. I’m currently reading beekeeping books and I’m glad that someone mentioned the Kenyan Beehive because I intend to go that route. Any feedback on the Flow Hive? I’m in the Atlanta Georgia area but intend to do Beekeeping in SC. Please reach out.

    • Hello Rina,

      Beekeeping is a fun and rewardingly great hobby. There has been a decline in their population. Some say it has to do with the different pesticides used to kill pests. It is great you want to begin doing this because the more folks involved in beekeeping the better us and them. I apologize for just being able to respond. I have been really busy. I do not have any experience with the Kenyan Beehive– it sounds interesting. I have only worked with 8 frame hives and nuc hives. I keep them organic. Let me know how it goes with the Kenyan Beehive and Good luck!
      Corey

  10. Anthony says:

    I am African-American I’m a new beekeeper I started about two weeks ago I just added my second box bees are doing good

  11. Marker says:

    Htp, I am an AfuRaKan Bee Guardian who has been guarding bees for more than six (6) years in Madison WI. While I was instrumental in starting the Mad Bees amateur bee keeping group it was an all white group.
    Welcome to all who take the plunge into Bees.
    There are a couple of essential books that will become more important every year you bee guard .
    Oh yeah, a Bee Guardian primary keeps bees because it’s a spiritual endeavor. We try to set up hives anywhere and everywhere. I take honey only when the hive becomes honey bound and never substitute corn syrup.
    ‘The Buzz about Bees Biology of a Superorganism’ Jurgen Tautz, cannot really express how important this volume is concerning how you should think about bees. The information on bee behavior and physics will expand your overstanding of this amazing expression of nature.

    ‘HoneyBee Democracy’ Thomas D. Sheeley, again a seminal work on bee behavior. I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by the author at University of Wisconsin,it was outstanding.
    Thomas has spent the type of time observing bees that exceeds description, and sanity. We however are benefactors of this diligence. I had intuited that bees were the most amazing creations on the planet, HoneyBee Democracy confirms it.

    These are books on Bee Behavior and Biology. If you need books on ‘how to keep bees’ let me know I have a great list.

  12. ramemhotep says:

    Htp, I am an AfuRaKan Bee Guardian who has been guarding bees for more than six (6) years in Madison WI. While I was instrumental in starting the Mad Bees amateur bee keeping group it was an all white group.
    Welcome to all who take the plunge into Bees.
    There are a couple of essential books that will become more important every year you bee guard .
    Oh yeah, a Bee Guardian primary keeps bees because it’s a spiritual endeavor. We try to set up hives anywhere and everywhere. I take honey only when the hive becomes honey bound and never substitute corn syrup.
    ‘The Buzz about Bees Biology of a Superorganism’ Jurgen Tautz, cannot really express how important this volume is concerning how you should think about bees. The information on bee behavior and physics will expand your overstanding of this amazing expression of nature.

    ‘HoneyBee Democracy’ Thomas D. Sheeley, again a seminal work on bee behavior. I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by the author at University of Wisconsin,it was outstanding.
    Thomas has spent the type of time observing bees that exceeds description, and sanity. We however are benefactors of this diligence. I had intuited that bees were the most amazing creations on the planet, HoneyBee Democracy confirms it.

    These are books on Bee Behavior and Biology. If you need books on ‘how to keep bees’ let me know I have a great list.

  13. Thank You for making this site. Very encouraging for a Sista like me.

  14. Shunnea Turner says:

    I’m Atlanta, and would love to connect with you. I am starting a small apiary for a small community garden.

  15. I live in Atlanta and I am starting a community garden with a apiary for Booker T Washington high school students and the community. I would love to connect with you on this.

  16. Ron says:

    Hi,
    I am young, black and am interested in beekeeping. I live in Atlanta GA. I cant seem to find black people that are into beekeeping here. I was so happy when I found this. I am brand new at this. I dont even have equiptment yet. I am in the research phase. If you think that you could help me out plese Email me at Shonrondalennon@yahoo.com I am looking for mentors.

    Thanks

    • Hello,
      I would first recommend you visit a beekeeper’s club and listening in on the information they have to offer. There, you will be able to not only network but also gain knowledge from experienced beekeepers, their challenges and successes. . I just wrote a blog about finding local beekeeping clubs. I will email you. Thanks for reaching out.

  17. ramemhotep says:

    I can definitely help but I find this platform to confusing to communicate. Please reach out at markerramsey@me.com. I am willing to share books, pictures etc.

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