Beekeepers and honey enthusiasts are celebrating National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, August 20, 2016. This event promotes education and increases the visibility of the beekeeping industry. There are many beekeepers hosting open houses this weekend, so be sure to check the list of 2016 NHBD participants if you are interested in touring an apiary.
Keeping bees can be a fun and profitable side business with many different revenue streams including honey, beeswax products, bee pollen, propolis, pollination services, educational classes, and beekeeper starter kits. You can get started as a hobbyist for less than $500 including the purchase of a hive, bees, and basic equipment.
Not only is beekeeping potentially profitable, it also helps with environmental sustainability. Honey bees are very important to local agriculture, filling pivotal pollination roles for various crops. There are beekeepers operating out of every state in the U.S., so if you have an interest in becoming a part of this industry you won’t have to go far to find a local beekeeping organization to help you get started.