Beekeeping for Beginners: How to Raise Your First Bee Colonies

Amber Bradshaw (Author)


Help your hive thrive with this guide to beekeeping for new-bees.

Wouldn't it be great to raise your own bees, have a fresh supply of honey, and bring thousands of healthy pollinators into your yard? Beekeeping for Beginners is a simple, step-by-step guide that helps you learn the fundamentals of modern beekeeping. You (and your bees) will be buzzing with delight.

From picking the right hive and bringing your bees home to surviving winter and collecting honey, experienced beekeeper Amber Bradshaw takes you on an easy-to-follow journey through your first year of beekeeping and beyond.

Beekeeping for Beginners includes:

  • Just the essentials--Learn everything you need to know to begin your first colony--written with brand new beekeepers in mind.
  • Modern beekeeping--Start your colony off right with guides that feature the newest practices and current, natural approaches.
  • Learn to speak bee--Clearly defined terms and a complete glossary will have you talking like a pro beekeeper in no time.

Begin your beekeeping the right way--and avoid getting stung by mistakes--with Beekeeping for Beginners.

Product Details

$19.99  $18.39
Rockridge Press
Publish Date
June 25, 2019
7.5 X 0.49 X 9.25 inches | 0.94 pounds
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About the Author

Amber Bradshaw loves foraging for her food, gardening, and cooking outdoors. She teaches others how to become self-sufficient by making eco-friendly goods from scratch. Goats are an essential part of her sustainable life on her family's farm in the mountains of East Tennessee. Her Nigerian Dwarf goats provide fresh milk and income from selling registered babies.


"Finally - a beekeeping book that's truly for beginners. Amber walks the reader through all the basics of beekeeping with patience, a sense of humor, and honesty - including information many books skip. Well done."--Laurie Neverman, Common Sense Home

"A must-have resource for any beekeeper! We've had two hives for about four years and I still learned so much from this book. Before reading Amber's book I felt like I was winging everything we did with our colony. But now I feel confident to make the best decisions for our bees!"--Victoria Pruett, A Modern Homestead

"Amber passionately and beautifully expresses the necessity and how-tos of keeping bees. Her in-depth knowledge--from the legality of keeping bees, equipment necessary to the extracting of honey, and maintaining healthy hives--is evident throughout. Every chapter is filled with...instructions that will take you through the entire process of beekeeping."--Stacy Lyn Harris, TV Personality, Author of Stacy Lyn's Harvest Cookbook, Blogger at, and lover of bees!