Practical Beekeeping for Beginners 2020 Hosted by Gavin North, Master Beekeeper

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This year the course will be offered online. There will be video classes you take part in as well as instructional videos we will send to you. We will arrange a time for pick up or delivery of your equipment and bees with each student individually.


Always wanted to keep honey bees?  Anyone can do it – almost anywhere. Learn the basics, from building the beehive to harvesting honey. This series of 6 all day workshops will be held at Honey Pie Farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Honey Pie’s Head Drone Gavin North has been keeping bees in the County for 18 years and became a master beekeeper in 2014 at UBC.

Course Content                                                               Dates                   Fees

 #1  Build your own hive – top to bottom. Site preparation.            Sun. April 19th      $100.00

 #2  Tour of the hive. Installing your nucleus of bees.                     Sun. May 24th        $100.00           

 #3  Catching & preventing swarms, prepare for the honey flow.   Sun. June 14th       $100.00            

 #4  Harvest your honey: uncapping and extracting.                       Sun. July 12th        $100.00          

 #5  Maintaining bee health: pests & diseases of the hive.             Sun. Aug. 16th        $100.00         

 #6  Winter preparations; mead making; about beeswax.               Sun. Sept. 13th       $100.00

*All Dates are subject to change - fees are non refundable*  Total cost for all six workshops   $600.00 (+HST)


Early Bird Discount Rate - $550.00 (+HST) for all six workshops

Deadline for discounted rate is March 1st, 2020.


Prices for equipment & nuclei (bees) are extra.  We will order supplies and bees for you as a group.

Cost of a nucleus of bees is $200.  Cost of beehive parts is approx. $260

Other supplies you will need are hat and veil, gloves, hive tool, smoker.

We can order these for you if you don’t have them.

HST is applied to all fees except the bees.    


                             Click here for an application form.

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