Top Ten: What to Expect as a New Beekeeper


The Frederick County Beekeeping Association’s (FCBA’s) annual beekeeping short course was held over the past few weekends.  I said this before and I’ll say it again, there’s no better way to get started as a beekeeper than taking a short course from your local bee club.  One of my favorite segments last year (when I was still in decision-making mode) was the first year beekeeper’s presentation of their experience since taking the course.  I remembered thinking, wouldn’t that be cool if I were standing up there next year speaking about my first year of beekeeping.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do just that, and I even learned something about myself. I learned that, although I can be as quiet and introverted as they come – particularly in a room full of people I don’t know – give me 15 minutes and a microphone and ask me to talk about my bees and I will dominate center stage for at least 30 minutes, even if it cuts into people’s lunch breaks. Oops! Ok, I certainly didn’t mean to take up anyone’s lunch time, but once I began talking about my bees in front of close to 70 people, I felt no fear. I felt excitement, a rush, passion, and sheer joy in sharing my experience with others (which, come to think of it, may be why I write this blog).

What a blast and a privilege. I can only hope it went as fast for them as it did for me and that I was able to provide some informational value, perhaps even entertainment value. Sure I shared my hive setup, my highs and lows, how I feed, how I treat, blah blah blah… What I really wanted to tell them were the things that I may have been aware of at a subconscious level, but that really didn’t sink in until I started doing it….


2 thoughts on “Top Ten: What to Expect as a New Beekeeper

  1. Paula, I was a student in Saturday’s class and your presentation was wonderful. I loved hearing about your experience as a newbie beekeeper and appreciated that you shared the highs and the lows. I came here to your blog because I wanted to know more and have enjoyed reading about your past year. Your enthusiasm is contagious and I hope to introduce myself and talk to you at a future FCBA meeting.

    • Victoria! Welcome to beekeeping. Your nice comment makes me very happy! Please do seek me out at a meeting. I would love to talk bees with you! You’re also welcome to email me at if you have any questions. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I try to include everything I learn so that others can learn from my mistakes and from my happy accidents. I look forward to meeting you soon.

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