This project will help you learn about bees and beekeeping. You will learn about the types of bees, the honey and wax they produce, the plants that attract bees, and the equipment a beekeeper needs. If you want to set up your own hive, you'll learn basic beehive care, how to extract and bottle honey. Advanced topics include: increasing the number of your honey bee colonies, increasing honey production, producing special kinds of honey, and learning more about bee societies. Create an exhibit that shows the public what you learned in the beekeeping project this year. Choose one of the topics listed below, and use that topic for your exhibit title, so the judges know which activity you completed. You can also use a creative sub-title if you wish.
- Manuals and record sheets are due to your club leader by July 8.
- ALL completed record sheets must be turned in to the 4-H Club leader by July 8th and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4-H Club Member’s Record Book”.
- If any part of your exhibit is on a poster, it must follow the poster rules stated in the front of this Insight Book. It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
- There are no grade specifications for beekeeping exhibits.
- No bee hives may be brought to the fair.
- Honey water content will be measured.
- Fill level: The honey should be filled to the jar shoulder, not over, nor under.
- Chunk honey should go in a wide-mouth jar, preferably one specially made for chunk honey (see beekeeping catalogs).
- Be careful to distinguish “chunk honey” (comb in jar) from “cut comb” (comb only in box).
- Honey (including chunk, cut comb and comb) must be collected since the previous county fair.
- Divisions may be repeated, but each year’s exhibit must be different from the previous year.
Division I - May Do 1 To 2 Years - (1 State Fair Entry)
Exhibit one of the following topics on a poster, as specified above:
- Flowers used to make honey (display pressed flowers from 10 different Indiana plants that bees use for making honey)
- Uses of Honey & Beeswax
- Setting up a Bee Hive
- Safe Handling of Bees.
- Any other Beekeeping related topic
Division II - May Do 1 To 2 Years - Unlimited State fair Entries - Limit One Per Member
Exhibit one of the following: Extracted honey (2 one-pound jars, shown in glass or clear plastic with screw tops), Chunk Honey (comb in jar shown in 2 one-pound jars wide mouth glass or clear plastic), Cut Comb Honey (2 one-pound boxes; usually 4 ½” x 4 ½ in size), Working with Honey Bees (present a topic from your manual to teach about working with Honey Bees. Use your knowledge & creativity to display this information on a poster or in a notebook.
Division III - May Do Multiple Years Unlimited S.F. Entries - Limit One Per Member
Exhibit two (2) of the four kinds of honey listed below (1-4) or prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping (5).
- Extracted Honey - 2 one-pound jars (glass or clear plastic) shown as described in Division II.
- Chunk Honey (comb in jar) - 2 one-pound jars (wide mouth, glass or clear plastic) shown as described in Division II.
- Cut-Comb Honey - 2 one-pound boxes. Boxes are usually 4 ½” x 4 ½” (shown as described in Division II).
- Comb Honey - 2 sections (honey built by bees in frames of wood commonly called “sections”. Boxes are usually 4 ½” x 4 ½ in size. (Shown as described in Division II).
- Prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping.
Independent Study - Grades 9 & Up - 1 State Fair Entry
Exhibit one of the following, choose a different option each year:
- Advanced Topic presented on a poster while including a short manuscript, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title the poster “Advanced Beekeeping—Independent Study”
- Mentor by exhibiting a poster showing how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include planning, time spent, challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title the poster “Advanced Beekeeping—Mentor”.