Learn to Keep Bees in One Year

Our step-by-step process (described in the timeline below) will help you become a successful, sustainable Texas beekeeper.

April 2024

Step 1: Attend our one-day beekeeping management class

In our one-day beekeeping class, we will teach you a proven model and approach for keeping bees in Texas.

Attend a one-day beekeeping management class

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April 2024

April 2024

Step 2: Set up OFA Complete Hive

In this step, you will use our complete beekeeping kit to set up a nucleus beehive.

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April 2024

May 2024 - May 2025

Step 3: Enroll in Mentor Program

In 11 different sessions, spaced throughout the year, our mentoring course sessions will help you apply what you've learned so that you can overcome challenges and be successful with keeping your bees.

Each mentoring session covers topics that are most relevant for that particular month of the year.

Looking at a frame from the hive

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May 2024 - May 2025

Every 2 weeks during the growing season

Step 4: Every two week inspections

As part of our mentoring program, you will gain access to our tracking sheets to record what's going on in your beehive.

We will review your results and work with you to determine what your bees need at each stage of hive development in order to thrive and be productive.

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Every 2 weeks during the growing season

April 2025

Step 5: Create a beehive split

In the mentoring course session at the end of your first year, we'll teach you how to create a beehive split, which will double your number of beehives.

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April 2025