Sunday, June 6, 2010

Basic Beekeeping DVD

A few years ago, I traded in my urban lake view condo in Seattle for 10 acres in the country. I wanted to try my hand at a different kind of living. I planted my first garden, bought my first goat, and my brother said, "you should get a bee hive out here." Sounded like a good idea to me.

I heard about how bees were disappearing, and I love me some honey, so I decided to buy some bees. I got a few books, and looked around for a DVD that would show me the basics and found that there really wasn't much out there for the beginner. There's plenty of material if you have a PhD in entomology, but if you just want to know how to light your smoker, there's not much in the way of DVD instruction.

I had done some television production in the past, so I decided I'd make the DVD that I wish was there when I started.

I'll take you through an entire year for the new beekeeper. We'll cover all the basics: what kind of gear will you need? How do you install a package of bees? How do I get the honey?

You can now find the DVD and our 2nd Beyond The Basics DVD at

If you'd like to "rent" the DVD through Amazon Video On Demand for $1.99, click here.



Basic Beekeeping DVD: Previews

I thought I'd put up a few previews from the DVD.

The Full Contents are:

* Inside The Hive: Introduces you to the three types of bees and their roles inside the hive.

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* The concept of 'Bee Space'

* The Basic Gear you'll need

* The Hive Tool
* The Frame Grabber
* Protective Clothing - Bee Suit, Veil, & Gloves
* Woodenware - the hive boxes
* Queen Exlcuder
* Feeders
* Smoker

Basic Beekeeping DVD from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.
* Spring Checklist
* Installing a package of bees

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* Making sugar syrup to feed your bees
* Summer Checklist
* Basic Hive Inspection

Basic Beekeeping DVD from Upshaw Ron on Vimeo.

* Fall Checklist
* Harvesting Your Honey

Basic Beekeeping DVD from R. Upshaw on Vimeo.

* Winter Checklist
* What to do over the winter

You can now find our DVDs at

If you'd like to "rent" the entire DVD through Amazon Video on Demand for only $1.99, click here.