2023 Beekeeping Class
About the Course
First Lessons in Beekeeping is an introductory course for those interested in honey bees and the art of beekeeping. The sessions, taught by local experienced beekeepers, include the necessary and practical information to establish and maintain a bee colony for personal pleasure and profit. Each detailed session provides the participant with general beekeeping knowledge as well as basic beekeeping techniques.
NOTE: Certification in the state program is encouraged but not required to keep bees in the state of SC. If you would like to become certified, you must be a member in good standing of the state association and take a written and practical exam.
Textbook: Honey Bee Hobbyist by
Dr. Norman Gary, Edition 2, © 2019
Introduction to the Honey Bee
The Honey Bee Family
Bee Anatomy and Physiology
Selecting the Apiary Site
Starting a Bee Hive
Working with Honey Bees
Diseases and Pests
Products of the Hive
Honey Packaging and Labeling
Note: Content topics are subject to change and may not be presented in the order listed
Presented by Aiken Beekeepers Association
The course dates for 2022 are five Tuesdays sessions starting on 31 January 2022
Session one - January 31st, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Session two - February 7th, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Session three - February 14th, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Session four - February 21st, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Session five - February 28th, 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.
Classes will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM.
Space in the course is limited and prior registration/payment is required to ensure a spot.