Resources

This page is meant to highlight some of the many resources we frequent for information, bees, supplies and support. It’s not an endorsement of any one company or contributor and it isn’t exhaustive. If you have a site you think is worthy of listing, let us know at info@honeybeezen.com We’ll update and add as we go along.

Contents

  1. British Columbia links
  2. Local B.C. bylaws and regulations  UPDATED December, 2016
  3. Other Provincial and Federal Associations
  4. Provincial and Federal government sites
  5. Education and Research
  6. Beehive management programs and software
  7. Bees, Packages, Nucs
  8. Equipment Suppliers
  9. Publications
  10. Other Research and Organizations
  11. A Highly Selective Reading List – our favourite books

 

British Columbia Resources

B.C. Honey Producers Association –B.C. Beekeepers

B.C. Bee Breeders Association – B.C. breeders

B.C. Pollinators List – a list of beekeepers offering pollination services

Boone Hodgson Wilkinson Trust Fund – Funding research in B.C.

Richmond Beekeepers Association – Metro Vancouver club

Langley Bee Club – Main Fraser Valley club

Capital Region Beekeepers Association (Victoria)

Feed The Bees – Promoting bee-friendly gardening and living.

Bee-friendly plants guide for B.C. – Feed The Bees (.pdf)

Local B.C. Bylaws and Regulations

UPDATED December, 2016

In British Columbia anyone keeping bees must be registered with the provincial government.  This isn’t a case of Big Brother wanting to spy on you but rather for sensible animal health reasons. Registration allows the Apiculture Division keep in touch with you in case of outbreaks of diseases or quarantines, such as the recent small hive beetle scare. Here’s the link to the online registration form.

Registering your hives is also a requirement of all municipalities that allow the keeping of bees. I’ve also found keeping my hives registered with the province very quickly unscrambles complaints when someone complains; we once had a neighbour who insisted to the city that our bees were a problem, only for us all to discover that what she was seeing were flying chafer beetles. The city now knows we’re pretty easy to deal with!

Most progressive municipalities either specifically permit the keeping of bees in certain urban settings, or often turn a blind eye in the absence of a specific bylaw. Very few municipalities now have an outright ban on beekeeping, but there are still a few dinosaurs around. It usually takes a dedicated and patient beekeeper to help those governments see the error of their way. The New Westminster Bee Bylaw is one that was developed by John Gibeau of the Honey Bee Centre and has been used as something of a successful template for other municipalities.
Many municipalities do regulate the conditions under which you can keep bees. Usually it takes the form of regulations about how many hives you can have, how far they have to be from your neighbour’s property, and what you are to do when you have swarms.
Here’s an incomplete list of many of the Metro Vancouver area municipalities and where they fall on the issue of keeping bees. If your municipality is either not listed or doesn’t have a specific bee bylaw, you should call your city clerk or zoning department for more information.

Other Provincial and Federal Associations

Alberta Beekeepers

Alberta Honey Producers (BeeMaid)

Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association

Manitoba Beekeepers Association

Ontario Beekeepers Association

Ontario Beekeepers’ useful Tech Transfer site

Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)

CAPA’s – A Guide To Managing Bees For Crop Pollination

 

Provincial and Federal government sites

B.C. Ministry of Agriculture – Apiculture Division

 – Planning for Profit –  B.C. Apiculture division – the best business plan for beekeepers.

B.C. Ministry of Agriculture – Staff list of bee inspectors

B.C. Government’ One-Stop business registry for things like registering your business, partnership, etc.

Alberta Apiculture home page

Manitoba Apiculture home page

Ontario Apiculture home page

Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Bee products

Canadian Food Inspection Agency – Honey regulations

Guide to labeling  honey in Canada (CFIA)

Pesticide Incident Reporting – Heath Canada

Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)

Pesticide Registrations in Canada (searchable)

Working Residue Levels in Honey (CFIA)

Education and Research

BeeSource – THE source for beekeeping information

CANPOLIN – Best Management Practices In Ontario Crops; useful crop, pesticide definitions, sample contracts

Michael Bush’s Bush Bees

Leonard Foster’s Bee IPM research at UBC

Randy Oliver’s Scientific Beekeeping

Larry Connor’s Wicwas Press articles

Kirk Webster – Treatment-free beekeeping

Tom Glenn’s simple but useful  resources on queen-rearing, honey bee genetics and bee breeding

United Nation’s  FAO Value-Added Products From Beekeeping

Beekeeping Business Plan Workbook  – Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research’s business plan

Beehive management software and programs

Beetight –  great hive tracking program for iPhone, Android

Hivetracks – Another good beekeeping software service

Bees, packages, nucs

Bee Natural Apiaries – Scott Gordon’s great local – queens, nucs

BeeMaid (Alberta Honey Producers Coop)  Packages, queens, equipment

Bartel Honey Farms – New Zealand packages to Canada

Golden Ears Apiaries – Jean Marc Le Dorze (no link) nucs, bees

Kona Queens Hawaii Inc – Gus Rouse’s phenomenal Hawaii queen-breeding operation

 

Equipment Suppliers

Two Bees Apiary – Lianne & Trevor Shyry – local equipment

Honey Bee Centre – B.C. education services and supplies

Urban Bee Supplies – Lindsay Dault – local equipment

West Coast Bee Supplies – Bob Fisher – Local equipment, bees

Bees ‘n Glass – Vancouver Island equipment/glass supplier

Ampak – glassware, bottles

Brushy Mountain Bee Farm – equipment suppliers in the U.S.

Dadant – The Granddaddy of U.S. beekeeping equipment suppliers

Dominion & Grimm – glassware, bottles

Mann Lake Ltd. – comprehensive U.S. bee supply house

Medivet Pharmaceuticals – formic acid, oxalic acid, Fumagilin-B, etc.

NOD Global Apiary products – MiteAway Quick Strips (formic acid)

Publications

BeeScene (no link, BCHPA magazine contact)

American Bee Journal

Bee Culture

Hivelights (Canadian Honey Council)

Other Research and Associations

American Beekeeping Federation

Apimondia – International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations

National Honey Board

Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis

International Bee Research Association (IBRA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Carl Hayden Bee Research Center

USDA Honey Bee Breeding, Genetics Research, Baton Rouge, LA

Washington State Beekeepers Association

List of local Washington State beekeeping associations

Washington State Department of Agriculture Apiculture Program

 

A Highly Selective Reading List

This is by no means an exhaustive or complete list of books on beekeeping and business. In fact, it represents only a tiny fraction of those available. We say, to each their own tastes. However, these books we’ve found are ones we turn to most frequently for answers to a) questions we find ourselves asking and b) questions we should have asked before facing that next question “why did that go wrong?”

  • Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job, Jon Acuff, Lampo Press; 2011, ISBN 0982986270
  • Beekeeping in Western Canada, John Gruszka (editor), Alberta Agriculture, 1998, ISBN 0-7732-6139-7  (The only text on keeping bees in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, tuned to Canadian beekeeping issues.)
  • The Hive and the Honeybee, Dadant and Sons Inc., Hamilton, Illinois 62341
  • The ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture: An Encyclopedia Pertaining to the Scientific and Practical Culture of Honey Bees (massively reprinted), A.I. Root, Ann Harman, Hachiro Shimanuki, Kim Flottum, A.I. Root Co., 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0936028224
  • The Biology of the Honey Bee, Mark. L. Winston. Harvard University Press. 1991, ISBN-13: 978-0674074095
  • A History of Beekeeping in British Columbia – From 1950 to 2000, Douglas M. McCutcheon, B.C. Honey Producers Association, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9877928-0-8
  • One Hundred Years of Beekeeping in British Columbia – 1858-1958, W.H. Turnbull, 1958, Self-published.
  • Bee-sentials, A Field Guide, Lawrence John Connors & Robert Muir, Wicwas Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-878075-28-4
  • The Backyard Beekeeper’s Honey Handbook, Kim Flottum, Crestline Books, 2012 ISBN-13: 978-0785829171
  • The New Complete Guide to Beekeeping, Roger A. Morse,  Countryman Press; 2014, ISBN-13: 978-0881503159
  • Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping, Revised Edition, Dewey M. Caron & Lawrence John Connor, Wicwas Press, 2013, ISBN 978-1-878075-29-1
  • Some Important Operations in Bee Management, T.S.K & M.P. Johansson, International Bee Research Association, 1976, ISBN 0-86098-029-4 (Useful chapter bibliographies)
  • Langstroth’s Hive and the Honey-Bee (revised), L.L. Langstroth, Dover, 2004, ISBN 978-0-486-43384-4 (That necessary bible)
  • The Dancing Bees, An Account of the Life and Senses of the Honey Bee, Karl von Frisch, Harcourt Brace, 1953 (Now, how’d they do that?)
  • Honeybee Democracy, Thomas D. Seeley, Princeton University Press, 2010,  ISBN-13: 978-0691147215 (A brilliant follow on von Frisch’s discovery)
  • Queen Rearing Simplified, Jay Smith, X-Star, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1614760528 (Good old-fashioned advice)
  • Better Queens, Jay Smith, X-Star, 2011, ISBN-13: 978-1614760511 (An improvement on that advice.)
  • Queen Rearing and Bee Breeding, Harry H. Laidlaw, Wicwas Press, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-1878075086 (For the technician)
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