Beginning Level 2021


Beginning Beekeeping  

The 2021 Class is accepting new students

Let's Raise Bees!

If you are interested in the
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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.  2021 will be our 17th 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 2020, the class had to shift online due to the Covid 19 epidemic.  The first part of the 2021 class will be mostly on line. There will be hands on work in bees as well, towards the end of the class, as the weather warms, and as vaccine becomes available for us.

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, March 13 and another in mid-April (specific date TBA). 

For 2021, there will be two sections of the class.  You would register to attend either one of these two sections.  

> Saturday, 10am to noon.  Begins Feb 20.  Online

> Tuesday, 7pm to 9pm.  Begins Feb 23.  Online

The cost of the class for 2021 is $120.00.

Please also be aware that getting started in beekeeping is not cheap. The class fee is $120.00  ($120 - this includes club membership for one year). The purchase of hive woodenware and protective gear, as well as bees to put into your hives is seperate. 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. 

To learn more about beekeeping, you can also attend our monthly club meetings, held on the 2nd Thursday of each month online at this point.  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