*** Our 2021 Introduction to Beekeeping classes are filling now! You will receive a registration confirmation now and a reminder in December***

2021 Introduction to Beekeeping Class – Our 2021 Introduction to Beekeeping 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 12 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.

When: There are two sessions of the class; please choose one. The Saturday session will meet at 9:00 in the morning on Saturdays, beginning on Saturday, February 13, 2021. The last Saturday classroom session will be on Saturday, March 20. The Friday session will meet at 7:00 in the evening on Fridays, beginning on February 12 and the last Friday session will be on Friday, March 19. The field day for both sessions will be held during the last weekend in March or in early April; the exact  date and time depends on weather and other factors and will be determined later. Classroom sessions will begin promptly on time and will run approximately 95 minutes.

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

This course has two distinguishing characteristics: first, our class size is 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.

Each registration wlll receive one booklet containing the class slides as well as a number of helpful references. This will be an important tool to answer questions during your first year of beekeeping.

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

Course requirements: Pre-registration is required to attend the class. Please click the Paypal button below to register. Tuition is $95 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. 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, as well as the section (Friday or Saturday) you wish to join. It is essential that I have your email address so that I can communicate information about the class. 


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