Getting Started and Setting Up Your Beekeeping Apiary – Michael Jordan

Getting Started and Setting Up Your Beekeeping Apiary

This PETV Presentation is about getting started and setting up your Beekeeping Apiary. After taking the “Are Bee For Me?” course, the next big question is, “How do I set up my site for bees”. One can read a lot of books and see videos of beekeeping, but not many tell you how to get set up. People talk about equipment or hives, but never really what are you looking for in a site. I am going to take some time with Josiah Wallingford to go over a site set up. Taking you through the steps needed to creating a good site so that you can get ready to develop your beekeeping system.

We will cover some things about site safety. Not equipment, but things that will help you on your site and the people around you. We will look at how to set up windbreaks for the bees so they can have better flights to and from the hive. How to make flight patterns for the bees to keep them where you want them to be by observing their water, food, and the site’s orientation to the sun.

This presentation will even help you with your full BeeDC course. It will be one of the installments that you will need to build your beekeeping book. Site set up is a big one.
What is one looking for on hive stands, and why do I need shade? With this online presentation, people will be asking questions that you may have yourself. We will hit those topics and get your answers to building a great location for your Apiary.

Meet Your Presenter

Michael Jordan "The Bee Whisperer"
Owner and Operator of A Bee Friendly Company

Michael Jordan, “The BEE Whisperer,” is the owner of A BEE Friendly Company, INC. located in Wyoming. He has been teaching the art of bees and beekeeping for over 15 years. He has studied bees in his many travels over the world. Bees and Beekeepers are different all over the world. The style of beekeeping used is up to you. There are over 20,000 types of bees and 1500 of them are a type of honey bee. If you work with bees Michael would love to hear from you. If you want Michael to come and teach a group or class for you, let him know, he loves to talk bees, and travels all over the world doing so.


I want to share some links, books, and opportunities that will help you on your way to being a beekeeper. These would be great resources to add to your beekeeping book.

You should get involved in There are hundred of beekeepers in the world, and many are Bee Source. Helping each other, and sharing information.
Next, you should always log in to on Facebook. We post all kinds of thing, and you can always message me there to get help or information. is a good way to reach us. There are a few good groups on facebook, and many of your local clubs can be found there. You should scout it out.
You can also message me on Facebook and I can point out some sites that are near you or that are helping out beekeepers.

You can always hit up YouTube.

My YouTube site is You will see us do all kinds of things, from making Mead, building swarm traps, or sharing beekeeping information. On YouTube, you can look up The Fat Bee Man, Don Kuchenmeister, or Michael Bush from Bush Bee farms. They are both really good at what they do and show it on their YouTube site. You can cruise YouTube asking your questions and see them covered by others on YouTube.

Speaking of Michael Bush, He has a great book. The Practical Beekeeper, Beekeeping Naturally. He has a website that has great info. I really admire his work.

Albert with Eco Bee Box, the modern style of beekeeping can be found at A super beekeeper from Utah, he has his own hive and style of beekeeping. I think it is a great way to start looking outside the box in keeping bees. There are many great beekeepers out there and some that are not.

For books, there are a few you should get.

  • Michael Bushes book, Roots ABC-XYZ of beekeeping.
  • Backyard beekeeper by Kim Flottum.
  • Beekeeping for Dummies by Howland Backistion and Null.
  • Top-Bart Beekeeping Organic practices for Honeybee Health by Les Crowder.
  • Natural Beekeeping with The Warre Hive by David Heaf.
  • And try to advance yourself by reading Increase Essentials by Lawrence John Connor.

You should also hit up some great courses that are out there.

One of the largest one is The Wyoming Bee College in Wyoming. Bringing in 60 instructors from all over the world sharing what they know on bees.
There is the Penn States online course that is awesome They also so have a free book that is great at

There are many things out there for you to browse through. This list above will get you wanting more and will help you become a great beekeeper… I stay away from things that are copies of books or programs.

Meet Your Moderator

Partner, Director of Education PermaEthos

Josiah Wallingford started working for Hewlett Packard at the age of 15 as a technical support representative. By age 17 he was a national technical support trainer for HP technical support representative.
When he turned 18, Josiah joined the U.S. Army as an active duty 19D (Cavalry Scout). While in the military he trained army units heading to Iraq and Afghanistan at Fort Irwin, the National Training Center (N.T.C.). He did one 13 month tour in Afghanistan attached to the 101st Airborn Division stationed at Camp Delta in Bagram Airfield where he toured and monitored the Parwan, Bamyan and Panjshir provinces.
After an honorable discharge from the military after eight years of service he became a project manager for what is now SmartTV where he installed high speed internet (HSIA) and video on demand platforms in luxury hotels throughout the United States.
In 2013 Josiah applied for and was awarded an internship with Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast. Josiah and Jack become close friends and formed PermaEthos with three additional business partners in 2014 where he is now the Director of Education.

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