Natural Beekeeping in Your Backyard

Enjoy the sweet rewards of natural beekeeping. Here’s what you need to know about keeping bees — using natural methods — and harvest fresh, delicious honey from your own backyard.

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In the late summer, it’s time to harvest some of the honey from your hives.
Photo by John Ivanko
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Honeybees are important pollinators of many flowering plants. The best time to start a new hive is in the spring.
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jars of honey
Looking for local sources of honey? Visit and search for “honey,” or go to 
Photo by Amy Grisak
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When you’re ready to start beekeeping, you can purchase the bees by mail order. These three packages of bees are ready to go into a new hive.
Photo by Amy Grisak
honeybee on flower
If you keep apple trees, starting a few beehives to be sure you have pollinators nearby can ensure a good harvest.
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beekeeping supplies
Essential beekeeping equipment. A veil will protect you from bee stings, while smoke helps calm the bees so they’re less likely to sting.
Photo by Robin Arnold

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