Re: Anybody ever try a consulting/mentoring service?
I have been desperately trying to find a mentor in my area, for months. The lady I took my beginning beekeeper class from doesn't even have time to talk to me on the phone. Of course, she's on the local news once a week doing removals, and has hundreds of her own hives, so I can understand how busy she is. I joined a bee club, but it is more than an hour from my house, and no one that I've asked from the club is interested in driving all the way to my house to help me.
I am your sterotypical newbie. Scared to death, the few times I've opened the hive. Have no idea what I am looking at, or what to do about it if I do see something in the hive I recognize. I've watched so many YouTube videos, I have 3 beekeeping books, and I spend hours of my employer's time each day on this forum. And I still feel like I am way in over my head.
If anyone knows of anyone that lives in or near Galveston County, that wouldn't mind coming to look at my hive with me, I will definitely make it worth their while - I will pay in cash, beer, homemade kahlua (everyone says is the best they've ever had) or homemade wine (more than a dozen varieties - peach, elderberry, chardonnay, sauvignon bland, riesling, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, white zinfandel, chianti, white merlot, malbec). I have a lot of hobbies, but beekeeping is my newest and the one I want to eventually be most successful with. It is not looking so positive, at this time! LOL!
P.S. When I started out buying all the equipment and PPE, I even got 3 beekeeper suits, because I just KNEW everyone would be as excited about bees as I was. Not so. I cannot even get my husband to go to the bee yard with me. I am completely, utterly, solo and adrift on a deserted island of my own making......
Susan, Extremely New Beekeeper, Santa Fe, TX