Beekeeping Resources and Helpful Links
Dennis van Englesdorp
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
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
- Lowe's of Mount Pleasant
- Living Landscapes of Charleston | Solitary bee houses - David Manger
- Roots and Shoots | native plants for pollinators
- Shirt Tales Screen Printing | website
- Certified South Carolina Grown | website
-Meet your markets.com- local guide to eating local foods from local farmers| site