Recommended Organizations, Books and Websites for New Beekeepers

Our Recommendations for Newbees

"Beeks" is the term of endearment often used by beekeepers to describe themselves, with new beeks often also being called affectionately, "Newbees".

With the rising popularity of beekeeping in the last few years, you'll find no shortage of books, websites, and blogs devoted to the topic. As in other farm enterprises, there are more opinions about the "right" way to do things than there are beekeepers. Here are a few vetted resources that provide more depth of knowledge for those seeking to learn more than what we have time to cover in this overview course:


  • The Beekeeper’s Handbook by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile
  • Bee Biology and Beekeeping by Dewey Caron
  • The Backyard Beekeeper by Kim Flottom
  • Beekeeping for Dummies 4th edition


  • BeeScape -- an interactive website which will allow you to obtain metrics on local landscape quality for bee, including:

1) the different types of plants in a 3 or 5 km radius of your apiary (wildflowers, forest, corn, other crops, developed land, wetlands, etc.),

2) how floral resources change over seasons,

3) predicted pesticide use and toxicity levels, and even

4) nesting resources for wild bees.

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NY Bee Wellness - offering workshops and up-to-date information about keeping bees healthy


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Empire State Honey Producers Association - including information on how to send bee samples to the lab at Beltsville, MD

Beekeeping Clubs of NYS - newbees in other states, don't despair! There is almost certainly a club near you. Try searching online for your state, county, or region name and "beekeeping club".

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