Beginning Beekeeping Course

Join us for a Hands-On Beginning Beekeeping Course! Register now! 

For just $25 a week, or $100 total for all four weeks, learn everything you need to know to become an expert backyard beekeeper! This course is designed specifically for those in the early stages of beekeeping or those who wish to begin beekeeping. Dates and topics covered are listed below.

To register now, follow this link. If you would like to register now, but would prefer to pay with cash or check, call (706) 613 – 0122. 

Schedule subject to change*

May 5th, 2018

  • History of bees and beekeeping

  • Biology of bees, honey bee life cycle

    • How to make a queen

    • Honeybee jobs

  • What you need to do before you start beekeeping

  • Zoning, neighbors, family support, costs, and time considerations

May 12th, 2018

  • Obtaining your bees

    • Wild swarm

    • Nucleus hive

    • Fully established hive

    • Package bees

  • Different types of hives

  • Equipment needed

    • Frames

    • Foundation

    • Bottom Board

    • Feeders

    • Smoker

    • Protective gear

    • Hive tool

    • Etc.

  • Visit/tour bee lab

May 19th, 2018

  • Selecting a location for you bees

    • Plants in the surrounding area for bees to forage

  • Pests

  • Diseases

  • Beekeeping calendar

    • Record keeping

    • Month by month activities

    • Season by season activities

  • Visit/tour Oglethorpe bee club

May 26th, 2018

  • How to inspect your bees

    • Inside and out

  • By-products and harvesting

    • Wax

    • Propolis

    • Venom

    • Pollen

    • Bees

    • Queen

    • Honey

  • Demonstration/lesson on extraction and infusing by Sam Johnson of Bear Hug Honey

  • Case study: Savannah Bee Company