January is always an awkward month for the beekeeper. There is so much to do, yet the honey flow feels so far away. So, what should the savvy beekeeper be doing right now? Many are spending time building equipment, scouting new areas to place new bees, and dreaming and planning of what the future could hold. If it was a good honey flow the year before, there may still be some bottling and refining of wax going on in the honey house. Most of the time, we spend our time in the planning stages and watching patiently for the bees to come out of winter alive and thriving.
Here in East Texas, our winters are rather mild. We are spending our time checking on the girls, making sure they have enough food to last until the spring thaw, and preparing for splits. We are also in the last stages of preparing for our spring education classes. One of our favorite things to do is to teach new beekeepers the art of managing an apiary. We offer a series of 4 beginner beekeeping classes; one per month from January through April. For folks that already have bees and want to take their apiary to the next level, we also host 4 advanced beekeeping classes, also once per month from January through April. But don't let the "beginner" or "advanced" labels fool you. In all our classes, we cover equipment, best practices, tips and tricks and so much more! Check out each descriptor to determine if the topic is right for you and come join us in the apiary!
Matt is a fourth generation beekeeper and has been in the bees for most of his life.