2009 = 1,000 New Beekeepers!

Help us reach our 2009 goal of helping 1,000 people to become new beekeepers.

If you've followed our lessons and blog, then you know that my wife, Sheri, and I are passionate about helping others become beekeepers. Why? Because we need our bees for our survival. Honey bees pollinate 1/3 of our food! Without the honey bee we would not have our fruits, vegitables and other important foods. And we hear back almost every day about how much our customers are enjoying keeping bees and what a difference the bees have made for their local fruit and vegitable production.

Therefore we have launched an all out effort to help more people become beekeepers, 1,000 new beekeepers to be exact. That's right! We want to encourage 1,000 people to start keeping bees in 2009. It's an almost impossible goal, but goals should stretch us. So help us spread the word. Do your part to encouarge your friends, relatives and co-workers to consider keeping bees. We have totally revamped our website to be the one stop center for all your beekeeping needs: Information, lessons, equipment, bees, queens and someone who will mentor you over the phone or through email. That's what we are about here at Long Lane Honey Bee Farms!

Below is a picture of one of my frames from this spring. This picture has approximately 500 empty cells full of brood in various stages. For every new beekeeper we gain, we'll draw a cap over a cell. All beekeepers love seeing capped brood in the hive. When we have filled the image below, we will be half way, and we'll place our second empty frame to fill it, kinda how we operate our hives, adding more frames at they expand.

New beekeepers can request to remain anonomys or you can give your name and state, it's up to you. I think it would be nice to put first names and states, like, John, Arkansas (4 Hives). But we respect your right if you choose just be counted buy remain anonomys.

We only want to count those who we have directly inspired to keep bees for the first time. Here's the criteria for qualifying as one of the 1,000 new beekeepers for '09:

1) Educated by us through our online lessons or you attended one of our on site classes as a new beekeeper.

2) Bought wooden ware or package bees from us as a new beekeeper.

3) Our website introduced you and encouraged you to start keeping bees.

In other words, we do not want to take credit unless we mainly influenced you to start keeping bees or became your main mentor or source for becoming a beekeeper. We'll take your word for it.

So, share this site with your friends, and encoruage them to make Long Lane Honey Bee Farms the catalyst for a great new hobby in beekeeping!

This picture has approximately 500 empty cells full of brood in various stages. For every new beekeeper we gain, we'll draw in a cap over a cell. All beekeepers love seeing capped brood in the hive. When we have filled the image below, we will be half way, and we'll place our second empty frame to fill it, kinda how we operate our hives, adding more frames at they expand. Click here if you qualify to be one of the 1,000 new beekeepers in '09 and let us know through email.