How To: Start Beekeeping

Updated: May 20, 2020

I am constantly being asked: "How do I start Beekeeping?" followed immediately by "Is it a lot of work?!" AND my answer is simple... Just do it, and nope, it takes very little time and work (especially when you love it.)


There are WAY more experienced beekeepers out there than me... this is a list of where to get started.

STEP 1: Read Stuff


I started my beekeeping Journey in the winter of 2017 by buying a bunch of books... and reading them. I was personally interested in keeping a Top Bar Hive (discussed later) so I gravitated towards reading about that type of hive. Start with what you find interesting!


One thing I always remind people: Bees exist in nature just fine without your help. The things you need to learn are how to optimize for their success and keep them healthy in your person-made home (rather than the thick trunk of an old tree).


Here is the list of books I read, found interesting, and helped me understand the world of bees. There are countless other books, blogs, and articles.




1. A Book of Bees by Sue Hubbell

This is a beautiful book and a great place to start. The author is a very experienced beekeeper who switches between story telling and beekeeping manual.


2. Beekeeping for Dummies

Sometimes you just need the facts from start to finish.


3. The Bee Book

This is a coffee table esque book that is light, fun to read, and dishes up some cool facts.


4. Managing the Top Bar Hive

The first book I read on the subject this is for all of my Top Bar people out there. Highly recommended if that is the direction you consider going.