It started with a book….
PerfectBee came about as the result of a chance chat between our founder, Mark Williams, and his (then) 18 year old daughter, Emma. Enjoying a festive visit to Leavenworth, WA a few weeks before Christmas, Emma chanced upon a small rack of books. One caught her eye – a book on beekeeping.
“Dad, that looks interesting. I wonder if I could keep bees one day”
Being the crafty Christmas present planner he is, Mark later arranged for his wife to distract Emma, while he sneaked back to the store to purchase the book. Another stocking stuffer safely purchased!
From a casual scan to 3-step plan
But here’s the thing – it ended up being Mark who got sucked into the wonderful world of beekeeping. After gifts were exchanged on the 25th, Mark found himself reading the book. And reading. And reading more.
Eager to dive into the details of beekeeping, Mark soon realized that there was so much to learn, but no place on the web to find a nice, structured path to learning. And so, ever the one to look a challenge in the eye, Mark partnered with some experienced beekeepers and asked them to help him build just that site.
In November 2015, PerfectBee was launched with the 3-Step Plan, with 700 initial subscribers to our newsletter, PerfectBee Buzz. Since then many thousands have discovered and embraced the wonderful hobby of beekeeping and with approaching 20,000 Facebook fans PerfectBee is a well-recognized way to learn about and engage in beekeeping.
Of course, Mark is now a beekeeper himself, learning from the experts he has onboard, as well as the wonderful community of beekeepers who join us every day. In fact, you can learn from his often “interesting” questions in our column Newbee Questions, Expert Answers.
Oh, by the way, it’s a 3-step plan – but did we say it’s easy?
Nope! The learning never stops. Read this.