So, my wife and I are thinking of beekeeping this year. From what I’ve read thus far, it seems a little less labor intensive than other homestead critters. Down the road, we’re thinking of adding chickens and possibly bunnies too. But for now, bees will be a good start, I think.

We always have gardens going in season so having bees around to help pollinate things just makes sense. Plus, the idea of producing our own honey is appealing. While we’re not looking at this as a financial investment, if we can make a few extra bucks by selling/trading the honey to family and neighbors, all the better.

The health benefits of honey are huge too. It helps alleviate coughs, heal wounds, is a great natural energy source as well as an antioxidant. There is also research out there that seems to indicate it can have a positive impact on Type II diabetes.

Have you raised bees before? How did it go? Any suggestions or pointers you can share?

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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