Usually when I talk to people about some of my interests they kind of look at me as if I have three heads; beekeeping has definitely been one of those.
After many glasses of wine in an Argentine restaurant on a work assignment, I let this one slip to my co-workers and they have relentlessly teased me about it ever since.
Anyway, I decided to pursue this interest over the winter with my husband, to help us keep our minds occupied and less focused on the long cold, dismal weather we had this year.
The previous year I researched local beekeeping workshops for beginners and it seems that most are held in the late winter, early spring.
The Greater Cleveland Beekeepers Association (GCBA)
holds the one we chose to attend at the
Rocky River Nature Center
. The price of admission was the cost of a membership to their group, which at the time was $20 annually per family.
GCBA meets on a weekly basis, but for the month of February, their meetings are geared towards beginners.
They cover everything from equipment, to diseases, to lessons learned by experienced beekeepers. They really push the book “Beekeeping for Dummies, by Howland Blackiston.
We were lucky enough to win a copy on one of their nightly door prize drawings, but they also offer copies for purchase at their meetings for $45.
I have also found it on Amazon for less expensive
At our first meeting, I really did not know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised to find a large and diverse group of attendees.
The officers and more experienced members are very passionate and willing to assist newbies.
The nature center has a lodge feel so it was a nice cozy place to be in the winter, plus they offer coffee and donuts, need I say more.
At the other meetings throughout the year, they bring in knowledgeable speakers that cover a variety of relevant topics.
They are truly a great resource and we look forward to further involvement in this group as we explore the world of apiculture.