Beekeeping is a hobby and a trade loved by many. But it is also still widely misunderstood by many, especially the communities in more urban areas.
Beekeeping is a hobby and a trade loved by many. But it is also still widely misunderstood by many, especially the communities in more urban areas. With a rising trend in environmental awareness over the past few decades, the general education about the essential role bees have as a part of our planet has increased. Their presence, or lack thereof, affects not just the ecosystem, but our everyday lives.
Beekeeping is a rewarding hobby, and it can also be turned into a lucrative business. But before trying to catch a few bees in your back yard or ordering a nuc (nucleus colony), it’s incredibly essential to educate yourself about the process of responsible beekeeping thoroughly.
However, spend any summer day outdoors, and you will spot someone running and screaming from a harmless honey bee.
Bees and other flying insects are often misunderstood, though only a few are actually dangerous. A honey bee cannot detect slow movements, so swatting at them is exactly what you don’t want to do.
There is great joy and peace to be had in the practice of keeping bees. What starts as a hobby for some, it is a lifelong passion for the lucky few who choose to be guardians to the honey bees and their honey.
It started in the family, back in the 1970s when Mom and Dad Grammer began keeping bees as a hobby. While some might view soft buzzing in the backyard as a nuisance, all of the Grammer children grew up with honey bees as a normal part of their lives.
One of the children, Phillip Grammer took to beekeeping with a real passion, and when he grew up, he discovered another love for owning a business. He decided to combine those two interests and further what was just a hobby for his parents.
Now in the business of honey and beekeeping, Phillip and a few of his siblings started a business for other bee-lovers and those interested in the art of beekeeping. Plus, there’s always honey to be had!
Grammer Honey Company is the best home-grown source for honey bees, and of course, fresh local honey!
Grammer Honey Company is family-owned and operated. Located in McCalla, Alabama, If you are traveling from the Birmingham area, we are located just a few miles off Interstate-20 West.
Before planning a trip to our neck of the woods, give us a call to schedule an appointment to pick up your honey bees. You can also call ahead to order some local honey!
You’re thinking about becoming a beekeeper. Maybe this will be a family endeavor or a mission never to need to buy honey again.
Understand there must be a shift in your mindset when thinking about becoming a beekeeper. If you have already started doing your research, you have probably seen the phrase “don’t be a bee-haver.”
Even though honeybees are closely related to wasps and ants, they are so often feared and misunderstood.
So many family picnics in the park have erupted into chaos due to a close encounter of an unsuspecting bee! Or on those sunny afternoons sunbathing by the pool, a buzz buzz comes zipping through the air leads to a frenzy….
ITALIAN HONEY BEE
The honey bee did not originate in North America. Because they were brought over by settlers, we now have a variety of honey bee races, such as Italian bees, Carniolan bees, Caucasian bees, German Black bees, and Africanized honey bees.
Italian honey bees are the most popular bee for a beekeeper to have in their hives, and….
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