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Beekeeping Basics

Interested in beekeeping and don't know where to start?  Start with the basics of beekeeping and a general overview of what you need to get started.  This portal features beekeeper, Eric Grandon, from Sugar Bottom Farm in West Virginia.  Listen to Eric as he walks you through all aspects of keeping bees and view the LIVE hive inspection to see beekeeping in action.  This portal contains:

  • Educational video by beekeeper Eric Grandon
  • Beekeeping Resource Guide with link to get you connected
  • Access to additional resources to provide you with reliable information on beekeeping

This portal will provide you with an overview of beekeeping and what you need to get started, and is appropriate for educators and students, consumers, producers, backyard beekeepers and small farms.


Educational Video

In this educational video, Introduction to Beekeeping, you will listen to beekeeper, Eric Grandon, as he provides an overview of the basics of beekeeping. Eric covers who is in the hive, what is a hive, what to look for during a hive inspection and more! Don't miss the part of the video where he shows a LIVE hive inspection!

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Featured speaker:

Beekeeper, Owner - Sugar Bottom Farm
Eric Grandon
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Eric Grandon is the Owner/Operator of Sugar Bottom Farm in central WV. With help from his Wife Mary and his 10 year old daughter Abigail they run a Full-Service Honey bee and Honey production company. Eric has 8 years of Beekeeping experience, has completed a 2 ½ year Honey bee apprenticeship and is one of the two certified instructors for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture.

Beekeeping Resources
Additional Resources

West Virginia University Extension

Penn State University Extension

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