Maybe you know someone, a friend or relative, that has taken up beekeeping. For many, this hobby provides more than a means of passing the time. There’s a great deal of passion involved in beekeeping, and with it comes some pretty awesome rewards.
You had to have known this would be the first on our list! This sweet, natural substance has been collected and consumed for millennia, and its popularity only continues to rise. Used for everything from baking to treating wounds, honey certainly ranks high on the list of beekeeping benefits. For most, having a near endless supply of the stuff is reason enough to invest in a hive. One hive can produce 60 to 100 pounds of it in a single year!
Honeybees do a lot more than simply make honey. If you’re into gardening and find gratification in seeing your flowers and plants flourish, you’ll definitely want to take a crack at beekeeping. Providing over 80% of pollination for flowers, vegetables and fruit in the United States, Honeybees will do wonders for your personal garden.
Now, we know what you’re thinking. How could managing 10,000 needles with wings be relaxing? To be honest, this is one of those things you’ll have to take a stranger’s word for and experience yourself. There’s an undeniably therapeutic side to beekeeping. Perhaps it’s the knowledge that you’re helping countless creatures thrive. Or maybe it’s the perpetual buzzing, providing something akin to white noise while meditating. Whatever the reason, you’d be hard-pressed to find a beekeeper that doesn’t find this hobby to be a great way to clear the mind.
Beekeeping is, in every sense of the word, FUN! It’s possible we’re just weird, but watching a colony grow and evolve into a self-sustaining microhabitat is nothing short of being one of the coolest things ever. And the best part is it’s super easy once you get up and running.