A couple weekends ago I attended the Farm to Table Festival hosted by the University Club at University of Missouri.

I only went to the Sunday events, but they were all very impressive. It was awesome to have so many local experts on different topics all in the same place.

One of the best parts of the day was the session on beekeeping put on by Art and Vera Gelder of Walk-About Acres. They chatted with us about bees and beekeeping in general, and then we had an opportunity to pick their brains.

My first question was whether or not they were supportive of backyard beekeeping, and was encouraged to learn that they think it’s a great idea.

If you are considering keeping bees in Columbia, the best way to receive training is to attend the Boone Regional Beekeepers Association‘s beginning beekeeper workshop. It is held each year on a Saturday in January.

I was disappointed to realize I wouldn’t be able to attend next year’s workshop (major bummer), so I asked about any beginning beekeeper books that they would recommend. Here are the two they suggested:

These two will probably be my winter reading and will help me decide if I am 100% committed to beekeeping. I love the idea of having my own source of honey, but not yet knowing all the ins and outs of beekeeping I want to be sure I first count the cost before jumping in.

Hooray for bees!

3 Responses to “Keeping backyard bees in Columbia”

  1. Phil
    25 June 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Keeping bees in the backyard is a blast. We live in Old Southwest and have a hive on our deck. You might check out Flottum’s The Backyard Beekeeper along with the books Art recommended.

  2. CoMo Homestead
    26 June 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Awesome! We live in the Old Southwest as well! I’d love to see your hive. If you’d be willing, send me a private message through the Contact page. How exciting!

  3. HJ
    14 July 2010 at 4:55 am #

    I took the beekeeping class last winter and I highly recommend it. I haven’t started with bees, though. I got chickens this year, and I decided one thing at a time was more than enough. The beekeeping class was all about the stacking traditional hives. I have read about small top-bar hives for backyard beekeepers and am interested in that, also.