Getting Started w/ Bees-Begins Feb 10th

Starting at: $92.00

Begins Feb 10th - Wednesday Night Zoom - (Repeat of Saturday Course) Getting Started with Honey Bees in 2021 – For the absolute beginner – Cost $92 includes materials*. See Saturday schedule here

  • Six online sessions via Zoom, 90 minutes each, plus one field day of instruction in the Apiary. Signing up for the Saturday block offers the student a repeat class if desired.

  • *Materials Included: “Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees” 4th Edition. This is a modern take on beekeeping based on two books written in the 80s by New England beekeeper and respected mentor of his day, Richard Bonney. The course also includes a 3 ring notebook of handouts for continued study & a copy of the instructor’s own picture Field Guide for Beekeepers. Each lesson will be followed up with a newsletter of links for further study or resources for success. If you already have this text book a $12 credit off the class fee is allowed.

  • Register online by adding to the cart and choosing book or no book, pick up of materials or contactless mail for a flat rate shipping charge of $8.00.


Wednesday Nights, 7 pm to 8:30 pm - Course Lessons & Chapters

#1  Feb 10

Beekeeping & Its History
What are beekeepers & why do bees need them? Know the Lingo. Getting Stung. Basic Beekeeping History. Support Resources for the novice Read Chapters 1 & 2 – pages 1-29

#2  Feb 17

The Remarkable Honey Bee
Navigating with the sun, Dancing in the dark: Knowing basic honey bee biology & behaviors helps beekeepers make good decisions. Chapters 3 - pages 31-51

#3 Feb 24

Beehives & Tools
Choosing a hive location. Fencing. Types of beehives. Understanding beekeeping tools & looking good out there. Chapters 4 & 5 – pages 53-79

#4  Mar 3

Getting Your Bees
Sourcing honey bees for our climate. Bringing home healthy bees. Placing colonies into beehives. Healthy hive challenges
Chapter 6 – pages 81-99 & Chapter 10 – pages 159-187

#5  Mar 10

Basic Seasonal Management in the Northeast
Working with your bees. Using a smoker. How to do a hive inspection.
Swarm management.
Chapter 7 – pages 101-129

#6  Mar 17

Products of the Hive: Honey & Beeswax
Unless COVID restrictions are lifted this will be a zoom event with an option to repeat it in person at a later date. Chapter 8 – pages 131-149


On Your Own
Honey bees and pollination as a business: Chapter 9
Additional Management Strategies: Chapter 11

#7  May 22

12:30 pm Saturday Field Day
In-person demonstration of a hive inspection. Following NH COVID recommended guidelines for this date will be mandatory. Meeting place TBA

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