Crestview beekeeper shares advice on getting started in the hobby

Bundrick bees

Crestview beekeeper Ken Bundrick displays beekeeping equipment including, left, a frame from a typical wooden beehive, and protective headgear that his family's honey farm beekeepers use.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Friday, November 8, 2013 at 07:41 PM.

CRESTVIEW — More than two dozen residents attending the Crestview Public Library's First Tuesday lecture now know more about beekeeping.

Maj. Ken Bundrick, a senior Crestview Police officer, traded his patrolman's cap for a pith helmet with netting for the meeting, during which he explained the hobby's dos and don'ts.

He also displayed several items that Bundrick Honey Farms bees produce, including honey — "your simplest sugar," which the digestive system doesn't have to break down, he said.

Other products include bee pollen, beeswax and hand cream made from propolis, a waxy resin bees produce to seal holes in the hive.

Beekeeping 101

Bundrick offered advice for aspiring beekeepers, whose initial equipment investment can expect to be between $500 and $600 for a two-hive operation. Need-to-know information about beekeeping is as follows:

• "Stay off YouTube," Bundrick said. "There's so much bad information there. Someone thinks he's reinvented beekeeping. He uploads a video but forgets to go back and add, 'But my bees died.'"



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