Santa Barbara is a great place for bees because of the the mild climate.So how much does beekeeping cost? I spent about $250 on a swarm, hive, smoker, hive tool and veil.
Do I need a beesuit? There are many beekeepers that don’t wear any protection. It’s easier to see without a veil, and it’s easier to handle the frames without gloves. But, just starting out I wore a cheap veil with long sleeves and jeans and gloves, then I became more comfortable handling the bees and ditched them. I did get stung a couple times, once on the nose…ouch.
First Year Beekeeping in Santa Barbara. Summer 2015.
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