Beekeeping Resources and Helpful Links

 

Clemson University (SC)
Apiculture/Beekeeping
site, hivebeetle PDF

USDA Africanized Honey Bee Research
Site, Sample Submission

USDA National Resources Conservation Service
How Farmers & Gardeners Can Help Pollinators
Site

Bee Hive
The house of all things bee
Site

The Xerces Society

site

 

Center for Honey Bee Research
Site

Honey Bee Health Colition

Site

Beekeeping Guide for all Ages
Site
 

Apiary Map
Add your hive to the map for free
Site

History of Stono Campus

College of Charleston

slides

 

Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Foundation for Honey Bee Research
site

Pollinator Stewardship
site

Live Monarch Foundation
Save the Pollinators!
Site

Beginner Beekeeper Video

Growing a greener world
Site

Bayer Bee Health

https://beehealth.bayer.us

Dennis van Englesdorp

site

 

International Bee Research Association
site

Scientific Beekeeping
Site
 

City of Charleston Sustainability
Site
 

American Meadows
Non GMO pollinator seeds
Store site

Randy Oliver, Scientific Beekeeping

site


Beekeeper to Beekeeper

Many conditions affect the strength and health of a particular colony of bees -- variables in location, weather, strength of the queen, forage availability, pests, genetics, and the actions of the beekeeper can all be influential in how well the hive thrives.  

There is no single set of rules or dates to follow when managing a colony of bees that will be 100% effective in every instance as changes are taking place all the time within each colony. 

Hosting a colony of bees requires a beekeeper to do careful observation of the colony and make decisions about when, how, or if to assist the bees. Some experienced beekeepers just "know" when it is time to perform certain tasks. Because every hive is different and every beekeeper has different experiences, you may have ten different answers to the same question if you ask ten beekeepers. Ultimately, the goal is to keep bees alive and healthy - try to be the best landlord you can and never be afraid to ask questions to learn more about these amazing creatures. 

Following are resources shared by beekeepers in good faith for other beekeepers. Unless cited, there is no certification as to what information has been studied or proven via research. Talk to the beekeeper for details if you have questions.

2-11-2017  CABA Presentation by Diana Rouse: slides for Treatment Free Presentation


Local Organizations Supporting Beekeeping 

Charleston Community Bee Gardens (CCBG)
- A Place for Beekeepers with No Place to Keep Bees | Facebook

Cinebarre Theatre - 963 Houston-Northcutt Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 
- Annual location of "Charleston Honey & Bee Expo" - free educational event; local honey sales
Held annually on the day after the Bridge Run. 

The Bee Cause (TBC)
- Help put Honeybee Observation Hives in 1000 Schools | website

Queen and Comb - Tom Knaust
- Honeybee education, consulting, nucleus colonies, honey | website

R and R Acres

- Honeybee education, in-hive instruction, nucleus colonies, honey| website

Dixie Plantation College of Charleston  | Donate here to support their Student Garden and Sustainable Agriculture Program

GrowFood Carolina

The Green Heart Project
- Community volunteer organization that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms teaching students the virtues of hard work, respect and success while connecting to fresh, healthy, locally-grown produce | website

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Urban Farm
- A living classroom to explore the connection between food and health | website

- Sweetgrass Garden | Facebook

Jeremiah Farm & Goat Dairy

Lowcountry Local First

- Lowe's of Mount Pleasant

Living Landscapes of Charleston | Solitary bee houses - David Manger

GrowFood Carolina

Roots and Shoots | native plants for pollinators

The Sierra Club

- Shirt Tales Screen Printing | website

- Certified South Carolina Grown website

Yeast - Everything Homebrew

-Meet your markets.com- local guide to eating local foods from local farmers| site