“I’m going on an adventure!” -Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I’ll admit that I’ve been looking for an excuse to use that Bilbo Baggins quote for a long time. However, it actually does feel like it fits the real life adventure I’m about to pursue; the first year journey of a beginning beekeeper.
The truth is before starting my career with Mann Lake as a graphic designer, I was completely ignorant of anything to do with beekeeping. I thought I knew the basics (bees make honey, beekeeper collects honey, honey magically appears in the grocery aisle). Yikes, was I in for a totally new mindset!
Since then I’ve had my eyes opened. Beekeeping is quite a bit more than just getting some bees and collecting their handiwork at the end. However, one should not be daunted by that. Beekeeping is a totally learnable and rewarding hobby if one is ready to pursue it… and that’s how the idea of my adventure into beekeeping came about. Let’s take a person brand new to beekeeping, a newbee if you will, and blog the journey from start to wherever it goes.
Wherever it goes…
I’m not gonna lie, there is a very small pinch of nervousness mixed in with an awesome amount of excitement about my upcoming beekeeping adventure. Come this May, I will be making 20,000 new fuzzy friends and relocating them to my family’s farm property here in the lovely Lakes Area of Minnesota. I’m am fully committed to doing my best to keep my bees healthy and happy, however I know mistakes will be made. I’m learning, I will always be learning and that is all part of the process.
I would be ecstatic if you would follow me in my beginning beekeeping adventures. I also would love to hear from you! Feel free to leave me comments, questions, and or encouragement. It’s all very much appreciated!