Oakley Family Apiaries

Helping Texas Beekeepers Keep Bees Successfully

Beekeeping Classes

Learn how to manage your honeybee colony throughout its yearly cycle. Classes and ongoing support for beginning beekeepers.

Beekeeping Equipment

Beehives and beehive kits, hive components, protective gear & tools, feeders & feeding supplements, pest management supplies.


Pre-order bees or starter kits for 2019.

Learn to Raise Bees Successfully

Are you interesting in starting to raise bees?

Small-scale beekeeping is a fascinating adventure and can be rewarding as well. Yet beekeeping in Texas today is also challenging, particularly since the introduction of the parasitic Varroa mite and Africanized bees into the U.S. in recent decades.

Did you know that most beginning beekeepers stop keeping bees within only 2-3 years? Without adequate training and a proven plan, few beginning beekeepers make the transition from "bee haver" to successful "bee keeper".

Our desire is to help beginning beekeepers learn to raise bees successfully.

We provide training and ongoing support to beekeepers for our beehive management plan. And we provide the bees, equipment and accessories needed to implement this plan.

Oakley Family Apiaries

Our family first became involved with beekeeping in 1975, when my Dad became a migratory beekeeper, wintering in Texas and traveling to North Dakota for the honey flow.

Having raised and worked with bees for many years, I have increasingly become focused on building a model for resilient, small-scale apiaries that are suitable for a family homestead or small farm.


Beekeeping Articles

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Our Hive Management Approach

For many years I have been thinking of and developing an approach based on a self-contained bee colony that is sustainable and requires few inputs …

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Beekeeper Mentoring Program

We are continuing to develop and test our mentoring program, which we make available to students who have completed our initial one-day beekeeper training workshop. Our mentoring program is a…

Beekeeping for Lower Property Taxes

Did you know that keeping just 6 colonies of bees on your 5+ acre plot may qualify your property for an “Ag Exemption,” thus lowering your property taxes?

2019 Mother Earth News Fair in Belton, Texas

February 16 and 17, 2019

To learn more about beekeeping, visit our booth (#4010) at the fair.

Sunday, I will be giving a workshop on how you can reduce your property tax with beekeeping. It will be on the Yanmar Sustainable Agriculture stage at 2-3PM. We'll discuss topics such as:

  • What are the most productive bee breeds and beehive types for your situation?
  • What are the costs?
  • And how much money can you save?

The fair will be at:

Bell County Expo Center
301 W Loop 121
Belton, TX 76513