Honey bees are definitely on my “to get for the homestead” list. There are just so many benefits and reasons to have bees. Here are my top 4 reasons for wanting bees.
- Honey. Ok, this one is pretty obvious….. honey bees=honey. Honey has a lot of health benefits from fighting infection, boosting immune system, to soothing sore throats among many other medicinal uses. Honey tastes good. Honey is a much healthier option than sugar. I would like to replace my use of Demerara sugar with honey as much as possible. Honey just looks so pretty in the jar. Here are some great uses for raw honey from SchneiderPeeps- What is raw honey and how to use it. Tommy Alderman from Alderman Farms Blog says “We just harvested honey from our three hives for the first time: we only grabbed a total of five frames, none of which were completely full, and STILL harvested more than SIX QUARTS of honey! Now I want more hives!”
- Bees are fantastic pollinators. I’d love to have bees by my garden to pollinate our plants. If you have an orchard, keeping bees would be a great idea. If plants that need pollinating don’t get pollinated they won’t produce their fruits. This is one of the reasons that CCD (colony collapse disorder) is such a huge threat to us. No bees-not much food. That’s a scary thought. Here is a little more information on pollinators from One Acre Farm- Gardening for Pollinators: 8 Tips.
- Beeswax. I am fascinated with beeswax. I’m not sure why but I think it is pretty much the coolest stuff. You can use beeswax for many different things. Making candles, making natural skin care products, making natural udder balm, waxing thread, you can even make decorative items out of wax. I plan to make some of this homemade udder balm from The Prairie Homestead for Gertie. Last year, we tried our hand a candle making with beeswax and plan to do it again. Homestead Honey’s Making Beeswax Candles was my go to for instructions. I’ve also read about using it to wax cheese for aging. And let’s face it, it is just plain fun to play with.
- Knowing where your food comes from. This is a key point here. We are all about knowing where our food comes from and what was used to produce it. Raising bees ourselves will ensure that chemicals are not used on the hives or anytime during the honey making process.
These are just my top 4 reasons to keep bees. Maybe we will be able to get set up for some hives by the spring. This is a great guide that I’ll be referring to from Homestead Honey- Homestead Beekeeping :: Installing a New Hive.
Do you keep bees? What is your top reason for keeping them or favorite thing about it?
Here is some more fantastic bee information:
From Pasture Deficit Disorder-
From The Homestead Lady-
From Mom Prepares-
From Montana Homesteader-
From Everything Home With Carol-