How do I get started
There are lots of ways to get started in beekeeping. Our club HIGHLY suggests you attend one of our meeting and can talk to you one on one to help you with a solution. But if you want to start with the bare minimums you will need a hive box, a package of bees, and an area to place the hive. Click on the home page and contact the presidents link to send a message and we will help you get started.
Where do I get
the hive and other parts?
Here is a compiled list of what a basic setup might consist of:
1. Cotton/polyester full suit coveralls ( order a couple of sizes larger) 2. Veil that attaches to suit with a zipper 3. Ventilated sun helmet ( see www.beekeepingetc.com) 4. Gloves, I like goatskin 5. Hive tool, stainless 6. Medium size smoker w/ heat shield 7. Hive boxes -- I recommend medium, easier to lift when full 8. Frames (10 per box) 9. Foundation, 10 pieces per box 10. Entrance (Boardman) feeder, 2 per hive 11. Fructose mixer 12. Bee brush 13. Screened bottom board (2) 14. Inner cover (2) 15. Telescoping cover (2) 16. Queen excluder (2) --if honey is your goal 17. Small mouth quart jars (available from Walter T. Kelley in plastic)
How much time
does it take?
What does my membership get me?
Membership in the Metro Beekeepers Association (MBA) is important. Over the years the organization has received great leadership, support, and mentoring by giants that came before. These included Mr. and Mrs. George Stokes, Mr. And Mrs. Herbert Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Scott, Sally Hallgren, Rev. Kent Heimbigner, T'Lee Sollenberger, and many others.
Membership entitles our members to a voice, vote, and the opportunity for leadership in the organization. Making friends and getting to meet new people is a key component of our association and a strength we aspire to. Through friendships and discussion members get connected with others in their community or nearby that can lead to mentoring relationships.
Metro Beekeepers has a limited budget and finite resources. We depend on each family contributing to the well-being and maintenance of the association. The yearly membership fee is $20. The term of payment is from January through December. Payment can be made at the meeting or paid by mail to:
Metro Beekeepers Association
2632 Castle Road
Burleson, Texas 76028
Visitors are welcome and an integral part of our outreach to the community. We recognize the importance of visitors at each monthly meeting. However, after a couple of visits, we invite those that are truly interested in bees and the association join and become a voting member by paying your dues.
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