Note: Our Beginner Beekeeping Classes have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Later class dates may be available but will depend on whether or not the restrictions are still in place. We are looking to possibly do online classes and will keep everyone posted. If you have signed up for the March, April or May class and purchased a book, please email or call us to let us know if you'd like the book mailed out to your or if you will be picking it up at our store. #585-412-8745. We will keep you all updated on the situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
About our Class:
Our Beginner Beekeeping Classes are taught by 2 Eastern Apiculture Society Master Beekeepers, Kimberly & Ben Carpenter and sometimes with guest speakers. Our classes are in depth and in the classroom with powerpoint presentations, videos and all the equipment for beekeeping that we'll be discussing. We do our best to go over everything we possibly can in the allotted time so that when you are done with the class you feel you are well equipped to start beekeeping on your own. Whether you're just starting out or haven't done kept bees in many years, this is the class for you. We not only go over how to get started but how to manage your hives your first year on into your second year.
Date & Time: Classes are the same from 10am to 6pm so you only need to pick one class date. Class Dates are as follows:
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Saturday, March 28th, 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid-19
Saturday, April 18th, 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid-19
Saturday, May 16th, 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid-19
Location: Canandaigua Wegmans, Gathering Place Dining Room, 345 Eastern Blvd (Rt 5 & 20), Canandaigua, NY 14424
Class Fee: $50 per person. Payments non-refundable two weeks prior to the scheduled class. Since the classroom can only hold so many people, children 10 and up will also have to pay for a registration which includes the seat, meal and materials. While the class is kid friendly, it is a lot of material to take in. It may or may not be a good fit for your child depending on their age & attention span. Please give us a call or email if you have further questions regarding the class or children attending.
Registration: Choose which type of Registration you'd like: Just the registration for the class or a registration with a Beekeeping Basics Book by Penn State. Books will be available at class for sale also but availability may be limited if not pre-ordered. Books at class will be $15 each plus tax.
Please provide us with name, address, phone and email of those attending at time of payment.
Lunch & Course Materials: Light breakfast options will be provided upon arrival to the class as well as snacks throughout the day and a variety of drinks including coffee, tea and water. It also includes a catered lunch buffet. Along with registration also comes course materials including beekeeping magazines, handouts and a printout summary copy of the class (1 per registration, $5 each per extra printout). The Beekeeping Basics Book by Penn State is not included unless purchased with your registration. Please call or email us a week ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian or gluten free) We will try our best to accommodate you. Less than a weeks notice may limit us with catering on what options we can provide. Since the class is being held this year at Wegmans, there will also be the option for you to purchase other food items on your own if you wish during the day.
Hands on learning, videos and many presentations covering a wide variety of beekeeping subjects for beginners. Some of the topics to be covered will be:
Honey Bee Biology & Life Cycles
The History of Beekeeping
Equipment Choices & Assembly and Costs for Starting Out
Choosing the right type of bees and location for your hives
Spring, Summer & Fall Management
Pests and Diseases
Value Added Products
Extracting and more....
In Class Reviews-
"Class act, super friendly, and always willing to help!"- Frank- Webster, NY
"Great beginner class to make me feel comfortable getting started. Ben & Kim are very experienced and knowledgeable, and I love that they offer continued support, saying to call them about pretty much anything. Thank you!" Lindsey & Nick- Geneva, NY
"Great class presenters and passionate and highly informative. Thank you!"- Laurie- Keuka Park, NY
"2nd year beekeeper, the class answered a lot of questions I had."- Lew- Lackawana, NY
"They are very knowledgeable and nice. The class is a great foundation to start keeping bees- very honest/ real picture of the situation."- Hanna- Penn Yan, NY
"Would highly recommend this for the novice."- Molly Tyson- Auburn, NY
"Great Class, Extremely informative! Excellent Presentation." - Mary Ellen- NY
"Lots of good info. Professional speaker & class was good length. Enough breaks, yummy food- really excited that it was catered by Wegmans :-) "- Anonymous
"Well presented, very knowledgeable instructor. Second year for me. Was very adequate and helped answer questions I had based on my 1st year experience."- Bob Tessier- Sandy Creek, NY.
"This is our second time taking this class as a refresher. We appreciate all the info. :-) " Anonymous
enjoyed the Bees out of it...
Posted by Unknown on Mar 3rd 2017
Educationally informative, must attend, instructors presented a diversified and interesting class
Posted by Nancy Halstead on Feb 26th 2017
My husband and I attended Beekeeping 101 to see if we were ready to become beekeepers. The class was VERY informative and covered a lot of material. This is a very complex topic that will take years to master, but we feel we've gained enough info to get started. Thanks for a great class!!
Lots of information
Posted by Philip Powers on Feb 2nd 2017
A great deal of information provided, easily understood. Not so overwhelming that I'm discouraged from keeping bees. Very good experience overall. Kim and Ben are extremely knowledgeable.