Beekeeping Workshop Series

The motivation for this series is to equip those who are serious about beekeeping as a hobby and want to acquire their own bees.

We will begin with the very basics of beekeeping and build upon that knowledge with each class.

The Georgia Beekeeping Conference will be held in Young Harris in the middle of May.  If you are desiring to receive your certification, you will be ready at this point to confidently take the Bee Certification Exam given during this conference.

The price for this conference is not included in the Series fee.

As a conclusion for this series, we will have a honey harvest and “celebration”  here at the farm in June.

There will be 5, 3-hour classes in this series, beginning promptly at 9 am and finishing at noon.  The classes will begin in November and end in June at the Honey Harvest.

Class I: ( November  12th; 9 am – noon ) We will cover the process of preparing for your bees.  This includes building the hives and supers; tools needed; appropriate clothing; when and how to order bees; feeders; and care and management of your equipment and clothing.

For those working toward Bee Certification, there will be a short quiz at the conclusion of this class on the parts of a hive, hive tools, and feeders.

Class II: ( January 14th; 9 am – noon )  This class will discuss apiary location and placement.  There will be plant identification of foraging plants used by bees.  We’ll discuss feeding- when and how.  We will discuss the various properties of honey and its culinary and medicinal use.   There will be a short trip to the bee yard (weather permitting) to check on the food supply of each hive.

Class III: ( March 10th; 9 am – noon )  This will be  a very hands – on class.  The instruction will cover the installation of a package of bees and a nuc.  If you order from Lazy B Farm or Bill Owens, your nucs will arrive around the end of March.  After this class, you will know exactly what to do to ensure a successful transfer and solid start to your new hive.  We’ll cover the topic of swarming and what to do to try to keep it from happening.

Class IV: ( April 14th; 9 am – noon )  We will be in the final preparation for the Bee Conference and the Bee Certification.  This class will cover pests and diseases; bee biology; and year-round bee management.  There will be a pre-exam to help those who are preparing for the written test at Young Harris.

We’ll also take a trip to the Lazy B bee yard and each member will be asked to go through a hive under Bill’s supervision.

Young Harris Bee Conference – May 10 – 12th at Young Harris College

Class V: ( June 9th; 9 am – ?? )   Honey Harvest!  You will learn by doing – how to harvest your own honey.  We’ll cover the three different ways to remove bees from your super frames, and then take the supers to the garage to begin the extraction process.   You will leave with a jar of your work… and the bees!

Cost for the Beekeeper’s Series: $150 per person for 5 classes, 15 hours of instruction.  There is a 10% discount per person for 2 or more family members.

­­( these classes individually will be $40 each )

*this price does not include the Conference registration fee or the Bee Certification exam fee.

Because this class is limited, there is a $50 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot in the class.  The remainder will be due on or before the first class in November.

If you’re interested in signing up for the Beekeeping Series, contact