***Our 2019 classes are full. We’ll hold the class again in February 2020.*** 

  • 2019 New Beekeeper Class – Our 2019 new beekeeper class is forming now. Please click the Paypal button below to register. The class will fill quickly, so register today to reserve your seat!

Who:  The class is for beginning beekeepers.  It is open to adults and children age 10 and over.

What: This is a seven-week course that helps lay a solid foundation for your beekeeping endeavors. We will focus on core knowledge and principles that will help you set up and manage healthy, productive bee hives.  The first six classes are held in a classroom. The seventh class is a field exercise.

This course has two distinguishing characteristics: first, our class size is very small, which allows for more student-instructor interaction; second, our presentation emphasizes practical application – it is designed to help students to not only understand how a bee hive works but why it works that way – and how to make management decisions based on observations of hive conditions.

Pete, who designed and presents the class, has been certified by the University of Montana as a Master Beekeeper. He draws from his studies in that program and his years of beekeeping experience to provide a practical approach to beginning beekeeping.

Week 1Orientation: hive components and options; acquiring bees; beekeeping equipment
Week 2Honey Bee Society: social structure and division of labor; beekeeping philosophy
Week 3Nutrition and hive operations
Week 4Diseases, Parasites, & Pests (I)
Week 5Diseases, Parasites, & Pests (II)
Week 6Putting it all together: The Beekeeper’s Year
Week 7Field Day: hive inspection and how to install nucs and packages

When: There are two sessions of the class. The first session will meet at 9:00 in the morning on Saturday, beginning on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The last Saturday classroom session will be on Saturday, March 23. The second session will meet at 7:00 in the evening on Friday, beginning on February 15 and the last Friday session will be on Friday, March 22. The field day for both sessions will be held in April; the exact  date and time depends on weather and other factors and will be determined later. Classroom sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 AM and will run approximately 90 minutes.

Where: The course is held at Cardinal Apiaries, 15 Skyline Drive, Fredericksburg Virginia.

Course requirements: Pre-registration is required to attend the class. Please click the Paypal button below to register. Tuition is $90 per family (up to two individuals per family).

In order to keep bees, you will need equipment and supplies. I do not sell these items, but we will discuss equipment options in class; you can expect to pay between $250-$500 for each hive, depending on your own preferences. In addition, you can expect to pay $50-$200 per beekeeper for tools and personal protective gear. 

In addition to the equipment you will need bees. I have some packages and some nucleus colonies for sale, which are described here. You are welcome to purchase bees from me or from any other source you prefer. I will have reserved both packages and nucs for class members who wish to purchase bees from me. Beekeepers often start with two colonies – one with a nucleus colony and  the other started with a package of bees. We’ll discuss this in class. 

You may register either by clicking the Paypal link below or by mailing your check to Cardinal Apiaries, 15 Skyline Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22406. If you choose to mail a check, please include your name and email address. It is essential that I have your email address so that I can communicate information about the class.