• 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.

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


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.

When: The class will meet on Saturday mornings, beginning on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The last classroom session will be on Saturday, March 23. The field day 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 three individuals per family).

All beekeeping equipment, supplies and bees must be purchased separately. Equipment options will be discussed in the second 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. I will begin taking orders for bees in January. 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. 

How many are you registering for? (Limit 3)