Honey bees are NOT NATIVE to North America. Therefore, there is no such thing as “natural beekeeping” in the United States when it comes to Apis mellifera.
Beekeeping is less of a hobby and more of an agricultural undertaking. The USDA considers honey bees to be livestock.
A honey bee colony is an ANIMAL! Think of it like a new puppy. It needs food, water, shelter, health care, and room to grow. It is not something that you can set up and walk away from to let the honey bees “do their thing.” Not managing your colonies is animal neglect.
More Information: https://www.nal.usda.gov/legacy/afsic/beekeeping
Jen Haeger is a new master beekeeper and board member of A2B2.