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  • Beekeeping Basics Book by Penn State Extension.
  • This years class will be held in the Wegmans Gathering Place room.
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Beginner Beekeeping 101- 2021 Online Classes


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Note: Our Beginner 101 Beekeeping Classes for ONLINE CLASSES are scheduled below but our IN PERSON learning class has 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. 

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 now online with power point 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 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the following nights for group A classes and there are 6 total classes to attend instead of 1 full day in person class. Group B classes have 6:30pm to 8:30pm evening classes along with 3pm to 5pm Saturday classes. When Covid restrictions are lifted we will look into doing in person classes again.

*NOTE: Please choose either Group A or B for your class dates. Switching dates between groups is not possible. Thank you.


Class 1- Monday, March 22nd- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- The History of Beekeeping & Equipment Choices, Assembly and Costs for Starting Out

Class 2- Friday, March 26th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- Honey Bee Biology & Life Cycles

Class 3- Monday, March 29th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- Choosing the right type of bees and location for your hives

Class 4- Friday, April 2nd- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- Spring, Summer & Fall Management

Class 5- Monday, April 5th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- Pests and Diseases

Class 6- Friday, April 9th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- Value Added Products & Questions



Class 1- Tuesday, March 30th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- The History of Beekeeping & Equipment Choices, Assembly and Costs for Starting Out

Class 2- Saturday, April 3rd- 3:00pm to 5:00pm- Honey Bee Biology & Life Cycles

Class 3- Tuesday, April 6th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- Choosing the right type of bees and location for your hives

Class 4- Saturday, April 10th- 3:00pm to 5:00pm- Spring, Summer & Fall Management

Class 5- Tuesday, April 13th- 6:30pm to 8:30pm- Pests and Diseases

Class 6- Saturday, April 17th- 3:00pm to 5:00pm- Value Added Products & Questions


*Class dates for Group B may vary as it is bee season and if we have a delivery on bees on one of our scheduled class dates we will let you know asap if we will reschedule or if the times will change as we need to be flexible with bee deliveries and pick ups. Or we may opt to do a pre-recorded version of our class for that day if we need to. 

Class Fee: $30 per household. Payments non-refundable two weeks prior to the scheduled class. 

Registration: Choose which type of Registration you'd like: Just the registration for the online class or you register with beginner beekeeping books. Any books purchased with the class will be mailed prior to the class.

Please provide us with name, address, phone and email of those attending at time of payment.

Course Materials: The Beekeeping Basics Book by Penn State is not included unless purchased with your registration. 

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
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 Person 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

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  1. Excellent course 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Apr 12th 2021

    We've just completed the 4th of 6 online sessions.... the class is better than I could have imagined. The information is pitched at just the right level for newer beekeepers, and the instructor is very responsive to questions. I'm finding the slides of what is SUPPOSED to be going on in the hive vs what might be going wrong in the hive extremely useful.

  2. enjoyed the Bees out of it... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Mar 3rd 2017

    Educationally informative, must attend, instructors presented a diversified and interesting class

  3. Great Class 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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!!

  4. Lots of information 5 Star Review

    Posted by 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.

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