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  1. #1
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    Post Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Hello everyone! I've been lurking for a few weeks and thought it was time
    for an introduction.

    My name is Darlene and I am a 51 year old grandmother of 5 looking to
    start keeping bees in the spring of 2014.

    We're in Leake County Mississippi, smack dab in the middle of the state.
    We have 34 acres of land, which is mainly wooded. Of course, we will be
    planting bee friendly plants and flowers in our open areas.

    I found a beek right up the road from me, but it looks like they're only
    in their 2nd or 3rd year. Still...some experience is better than none,
    right? I will be contacting this gent to see if he'll allow me to tag along
    for some hands on. There is also a beek association (with monthly meetings),
    but it's an hour away (and at night), so it's not likely I'll be able to get
    there very often. Will be joining regardless.

    I am interested in keeping bees because of:

    1) Bees dying off (I've seen *3* honey bees this year. That is SCARY!)
    2) Pollination for garden
    3) Allergies
    4) Self sufficiency
    5) Honey (or as my oldest son calls it, "oh-so-delicious bee spit")

    I was able to find a local (within 35 miles) beek who sells nucs. I am so
    excited about getting local bees!

    A big THANK YOU to all who participate/contribute/run this forum. Your
    experience/expertise is priceless as I fumble my way along.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Welcome to Beesource!

    > monthly meetings , but it's an hour away (and at night), so it's not likely I'll be able to get
    there very often. Will be joining regardless.

    Even if you don't make every meeting there may be other benefits. For instance, some clubs own an extractor and make it available to members at little or no cost. My local club, the Davy Crockett Beekeepers Assn, owns a club extractor. The cost to use it is free, as long as it is brought back clean.
    ultracrepidarian >> noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice outside of his expertise

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Welcome Darlene!
    americasbeekeeper.com
    beekeeper@americasbeekeeper.com

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Thanks for the welcome. Hadn't thought of any perks as far as the beek association goes, except for the expertise of other beek's, but a club owned extractor would be awesome! I'll have to check into it and see what they have. Even if they don't have one, maybe it can be suggested by a new member.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericasBeekeeper View Post
    Welcome Darlene!
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Welcome to BeeSource I am up the road in Philadelphia.

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Welcome! I'm a 1st year beek and am 55. You seem to be starting out right and this site is a good one.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Quote Originally Posted by Broke-T View Post
    Welcome to BeeSource I am up the road in Philadelphia.

    Johnny
    Well hello neighbor! Thanks for the welcome! I was starting to think there weren't any Mississippians on this forum! Glad to know someone is near if I need help!

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Welcome from Florida.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Welcome i'm in West Point.
    Don't think you are on the right road simply because it is a well worn pathway.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Big Southern FL Panhandle Welcome!
    Go to the Beek meeting then start a club closer to home!
    "Start it and they will come"!

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Welcome! I'm a 1st year beek and am 55. You seem to be starting out right and this site is a good one.
    Thank you for the welcome! This forum is wonderful! I've been having a blast reading the threads and have learned so much all ready.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Thank you all so much for your warm welcome.

    I've been reading up on bee suits and think I'm about ready to "take the plunge". I do know that I'm
    not allergic, but am getting one of the ventilated suits to minimize stings. I'm still researching hives,
    but am seriously considering the Langstroth all medium hives in cedar. I read on Michael Bush's website
    how he "cooked" some of his hives in beeswax. Very interested in doing this instead of painting.

    Here's the direct link: http://www.bushfarms.com/beesdipping.htm

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Quote Originally Posted by Bee Geek View Post
    Big Southern FL Panhandle Welcome!
    GoBut to the Beek meeting then start a club closer to home!
    "Start it and they will come"!

    Hmmm...might not be a bad idea.

  15. #15
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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Hi, I am new to beekeeping this year. I have a bee mentor so, yes, find some who knows something and tag a long. I also found the latest edition of "First Lessons in Beekeeping" really helpful.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Welcome aboard. I am in Northern part of the state between Tupelo and Oxford.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGurl View Post
    Hi, I am new to beekeeping this year. I have a bee mentor so, yes, find some who knows something and tag a long. I also found the latest edition of "First Lessons in Beekeeping" really helpful.
    Hi BeeGurl...

    Sorry I haven't been around, been busy canning some spectacular peaches! Well... that and reading "Beekeeping
    for Dummies". Love it and think it's a very informative book. I'll have to look up the book you recommended. Thank
    you so much for the suggestion!

    I do have a newbee question, but since this is an introduction forum I guess I need to start a new thread. I haven't
    found this question or a similar one, but I may have missed it.

    Thanks everyone for being so kind and welcoming.

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    Default Re: Central Mississippi - Introduction

    Quote Originally Posted by paintingpreacher View Post
    Welcome aboard. I am in Northern part of the state between Tupelo and Oxford.
    Thank you sir!

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