Bee School

Information on our 2022 course:

The Caswell County Beekeepers Association is hosting a 9 week bee school to start in January 2022 and will conclude in March.  This is an ideal time to learn about beekeeping just prior to obtaining your first bee hives in late March to May – the beginning of bee season.

 Dates:  9 classes – Wednesday evenings, January 12 to March 9, 2022 – from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Field day – Saturday, March 19 April 2, 2022 – meet in classroom (starts at noon 11AM).  See field day schedule (updated).   For the field day, each student should bring a veil and any other protective equipment they feel comfortable with while working bees. The smoker and hive tool will be provided.

Cost:    $75.00 – Includes instruction, book, binder, and handouts

$25.00 – For an additional accompanying family member or friend who will be sharing the book and materials

Registration fee includes 2022 CCBA membership.

Topics:

Session 1 – Jan 12        Introduction to Beekeeping
Session 2 – Jan 19       Equipment
Session 3 – Jan 26       About the honey bee
Session 4 – Feb 2        The colony
Session 5 – Feb 9        Starting a Honey Bee Colony
Session 6 – Feb 16       Bees’ enemies, pests, and diseases
Session 7 – Feb 23       Food and water for your bees
Session 8 – Mar 2       Products of the hive
Session 9 – Mar 9      Managing your bees
Mar 19  Apr 2                 Field Day

For an in-depth list of topics in the above class outline, please see 2022-CCBA-Beginning-Beekeeping-Course.pdf.  The outline, topics, and schedule are subject to change.  Changes will be posted on this page.

All evening class sessions will be held in the basement of the Agriculture Building (126 Court Square) next to the Historic Courthouse in downtown Yanceyville, NC. Please park and enter from the back of the building on the lower level.  For directions, click on tab at top of the page.

For the field day March 19 April 2, 2022, each student should bring a veil and any other protective equipment they feel comfortable with while working bees. The smoker and hive tool will be provided. The location and starting time will be given during the class. Please note the Field Day will be on a Saturday. Rain date for the Field Day will be [TBD] (also a Saturday).  See 2022-Field-Day-Schedule.pdf.

At the conclusion of the course, you will have the option of taking the written exam portion of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) Master Beekeeper Program to be on your way to become a NCSBA Certified Beekeeper.  Membership in NCSBA is separate from CCBA and is required before you take the exam.

Questions?  Please e-mail ccba@caswellcountybeekeepers.org.