Beekeeping (or apiculture, from Latin apis, a "bee") is the practice of intentional maintenance of bees by humans, and mainly refers to maintenance of colonies of honeybees.
Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of food production.
A pioneering beekeeping popularizer in nineteenth century America was Amos Root.
Traditionally, beekeeping was done for the bees' honey harvest.
Beekeeping represents a means by which human beings can harmoniously interact with nature.
Some of the earliest evidence of beekeeping is from rock painting, dating to around 13,000 B.C.E.
The American Reverend Lorenzo L. Langstroth started scientific beekeeping in 1851, and is known as the "Father of American beekeeping" (Nash 2003).