Beekeeping can be as simple or complex, as expensive or inexpensive as you make it. It just depends on what your goals, budget, and willingness to work.
In today’s show, David talks about the basics of top bar beekeeping. This is a simple method of keeping bees that only requires a bare minimum of gear. Therefore, it is well suited to the preparedness/self reliant lifestyle.
There are some drawbacks to beekeeping this way, the most observable is that you get less honey and more wax than with “traditional” box style hives, but, as David explains, that may be a plus.
This is a very valuable resource that preppers should not discount, as honey is invaluable both as a sweeter, a base for alcohol, and as a medicine. The wax also has hundreds of very important uses in it’s own right.
I have several beehives, both the traditional as well as a Top Bar Hive I am experimenting with. I think that there is a lot to be said for TBH beekeeping, but their is not a lot of support in my area.
The show is scheduled for Monday at 10pm central time at this link.
If you cannot listen on Monday, you can always download the podcast for listening at your own leisure.