Beginning Level 2022


Beginning Beekeeping  

The 2022 Class is accepting new students

Let's Raise Bees!

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Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah (BONS) sponsors a class each year in Beginning Beekeeping.   The class is taught only once per year, in the early spring months (Feb-April).  This timing works best for the bees.  2022 will be our 18th year teaching this class locally - the class has become extremely popular. 

The BONS Beginning Beekeeping class is taught parallel to similar classes that are taught this time of year across Virginia. We are part of the Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium. BONS serves Frederick and Clarke Counties, Winchester, and the northern reaches of Shenandoah, Warren and Fauquier Counties.

In 2021, the class had to shift online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  There will be hands on work in bees as well, towards the end of the class, as the weather warms.

There is a lot to learn to be successful with Honey Bees.  The Beginning Beekeeping class gives you all the information you need to get through your first year or so of beekeeping.  We help you understand how a bee colony functions, what woodenware and protective gear to buy, how to build the hives, how to deal with diseases, and how to manage your bees to (hopefully) produce honey.

The class will likely run 8 sessions, mostly one day per week.  In addition to the class work, we will have 1-2 days that are practical and hands-on.  These will be on Saturdays, and another in mid-April (specific dates TBA). 
The cost of the class for 2022 is $120.00.

Please also be aware that getting started in beekeeping is not inexpensive. The class fee is $120.00  ($120 - this includes club membership for one year). Plus the purchase of hive woodenware and protective gear, as well as bees to put into your hives. In total, first year costs can typically run about $800 minimum. Your future yearly costs will be much lower, but getting started takes some funds.

So if you're interested in learning beekeeping, let us know. Please send your name, address and phone number by email, to John Lewis.  We will be back in touch in January 2022. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions our monthly live meetings are postponed. However, the club offers live Zoom presentations with national and international speakers. You would be most welcome.  See our home page on this website for details.  Come see/hear what beekeeping is all about!

John Lewis

BONS Education Coordinator