In the case of HH, it maybe someone be actually be interested to visit him .Little surprised at the $450, but it may be the true cost.
............All the same, you probably were not budgeting on something like that when you started the hobby.
If I was Dr. Sharashkin, I'd just run a line of give away little nucs and give them as complement to the visitors......... So for the cost of two nucs and a couple of hive bodies, you get to spend a day with a renowned expert. Got to keep it all in perspective.
Little surprised at the $450, but it may be the true cost.
Oldtimer:If there is going to be a little one on one education with the opportunity to work along side him, I would say it is worth it.
Welcome to beekeeping. There are many ways to keep bees for fun. May you find your way cheerfully and with humility and gratitude.April 30, 2019 I caught my first swarm, so I am very new to keeping bees, I caught my second swarm on May 12, from the same tree that is very close to my home.
Good choice not to build one.I actually had an interest in build a hive from his plans, but I thought I would like to see one first. I have almost decided to not go with a layens hive now, mostly because of my inability to afford to take a look at what I should expect to see.
HH,I wish to go on record as being non judgmental on Dr. Sharashkin being too expensive with his expertise. .......
I agree, GregVHH,
It is actually a good idea to NOT jump up and spend money for advanced course work while you are a beginner - UNTIL you are ready to consume the information served to you.
Just 1-2 hours from me, indeed.I agree, GregV
Oh I actually was pretty close to you late last night, I did not have any extra time to kill with bees but I did think of you. I am not sure where exactly you are located but I was in Harvard Illinois.
There about 2 hours and headed back to the heat in Southern Missouri.
Happy Home He has a couple books, the 40 bucks and the read would get you 80% of what he is doing. He basically advocates catching the local stock, so you are on the same trail. Unfortunately he is making a living from it so it is all monetized at this point for him. Check out some of the "swarm trap posts" and yes welcome aboard. You will soon either love or hate the bees and the keeping, For some it is addicting. If the 2 hives you have make it , spring splits would be another item to research this winter.Hi Litsinger,
I do not know if Dr. Sharashkin is a member of this forum or not, but I did reach out to him via email, and asked if it would be possible to just visit his apiary.
I was disappointed to get the reply that I would be welcome to visit for the fee of $450.00. He explained that he did have some other people interested in visiting and if I was interested I would be allowed to visit when they did and reduce to cost to $150.00.
I explained that I was not able to spend that kind of money for the visit and thanked him for his reply.
Based on this experience I get the Idea that Dr. Sharashkin is not interested in being any type of mentor.