Clear Guidance Each Month

to Help You

Understand Your Bees

Each month's chapter details:

  • What the bees are trying to do
  • How weather (rain vs. sun) that month will help or hinder the bees
  • An inspection checklist for the beekeeper prioritizing what's important

Say goodbye to:

  • Confusion at what you see in the hive
  • Frustration of not knowing how to help your bees

Keep your hive alive and healthy!

"Jennifer’s Bay Area Beekeeping Guide is invaluable. I appreciate how specific it is to the conditions we—and our bees—face. I have printed it out and refer to it regularly, and the online updates keep it super current. It is like having a mentor at the hives with me!"

-Wendy Rosenblum

An Evolving Book with Updates!

This is an unusual book.  It’s alive and growing. Maybe a better description is that it’s a cross between a book and an ongoing class. Over time, I'll add weather updates, more tips as I learn them, and case studies of real live hives. 

It's an evolving library of knowledge about Bay Area beekeeping.

"Jennifer Radtke's Bay Area Beekeeping Guide for Backyard Beekeepers has been a great course for me to navigate month by month as it’s so accurate for our local area here in the East Bay. As only a second year beekeeper, it gives me a template and timeline for me to follow that allows me to navigate the year. Her online lectures have also been extremely helpful. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your experience and expertise!"

-Bob Hill

Table of Contents

The online book is 80+ pages (33,000+ words), including photos and hive drawings.

  Overview of What This Book Is About
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  Planning Calendar for the Bay Area Beekeeping Year
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  Early Spring (Feb/March) – Limited growth
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  Late Spring (April-June) – Unlimited growth
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  Mite Season (July – October) – Uneven food supply & Stress
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  Winter Beekeeping (November - January)
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Price for the Bay Area Beekeeping Guide

(Mentorship students: this guide is included in the mentorship.)

Author: Jennifer Radtke

Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 16+ years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the BioFuel Oasis Cooperative in Berkeley. She served 3 years as vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Learn more about her mentorship program and monthly bee circle at