Nebraskans who are looking for a new hobby in the new year might consider the vital and fascinating world of raising honey bees.
Beekeeper Andy Joseph says it can become a profitable business and it doesn’t take a lot of money to get started.
“You’re looking at an initial investment for two hives plus all of the basic equipment you’ll need, it’s going to cost you a few hundred dollars, I’d estimate around $300 for an initial basic investment,” Joseph says. “That isn’t that much if you’re comparing it to other kinds of agriculture, even keeping chickens yourself.”
In addition to producing honey, bees are responsible for the pollination of many crops. Joseph has been beekeeping for about 12 years and says the remarkable insects appeal to a broad spectrum of people.
“It’s not just your older, male, rural sort of person anymore,” Joseph says. “That stereotype is pretty much blown away. We’ve got urban people, plenty of women are getting into it. Probably over half the people in these courses are women. We even have youth taking up interest, so, all types of people.”
A big tract of land isn’t a requirement for beekeeping. Joseph notes that he once kept bees when living in an apartment building.
For more information, visit: nebraskabeekeepers.org