This is only my second post here, so please forgive me if this question seems silly. Over the past week, I have busted my data limits watching Youtube videos and surfing this forum. I really regret now not thinking about this months ago.
Today, I spoke just a bit from a person who I think is the local president of the local beekeepers association in my area. He was calling me back after a few misses playing phone tag, and this time I was busy on the tractor and could only speak for a few minutes. He seemed very supportive of getting me to the meetings to provide insight and to answer my questions. He answered the general first timer questions - how much$, how quick to get honey etc. but sadly both of us was short on time and had to end the call.
Going into the weekend, I don't really want to pester this person with repeated phone calls since the next meeting I think is a month or more away. But what i'm curious about is what can I expect from joining a association? I know this is a general question that will be hard to answer, so just give me a idea on what you get form yours.
I ran across a video the other day about honey extraction and on the video, the guy mentioned that his club provided all the extraction equipment to it's members. At the time I really didn't think much about the cost associated with extracting honey, but now after a few days of watching videos and surfing the supplier websites, I can see where something like this would be awesome.
While I would never expect a bee club to provide personal bee hives and other equipment, the shared extraction equipment sounds like a cool idea so long as everyone returned it clean. By chance, is this commonplace in local bee clubs?
I suppose the last question would be is that I was wondering is it common to have the opportunity to be paired up with a mentor to follow behind and help work some hives? I can't imagine setting out on a hobby like this alone and flying by the seat of your pants hoping your doing things right. That could get costly quick if I had to guess.