Beekeeping Management Class


Learn how to become a successful beekeeper in this one-day beekeeping workshop. Beekeeping has a number of challenges. In this course, we will present a proven model and approach for keeping bees in Texas. You’ll learn how to build and maintain a productive apiary, how to produce backup bee colonies, how to manage diseases and parasites in your apiary and more. Read the full description of the class below.

This beekeeping class will be taught at our apiary in Elm Mott, Texas (see map).

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Spend a day with beekeepers from Oakley Family Apiaries (OFA) learning their proven techniques for keeping your bees alive and productive.

In this day-long beekeeper training class, you will be introduced to a beehive management approach and techniques for:

  • Consistently making a good honey crop
  • Splitting your colonies yearly to grow your apiary
  • Successfully requeening every year
  • Managing diseases and parasites
  • Preventing your colonies from swarming

This beekeeping class consists of indoor sessions, where we cover the basics of beekeeping and introduce you to all the elements of our beehive management approach and an outdoor session in our training apiary where we put into practice what we covered in the classroom.

You'll leave this workshop with a plan for the success of your apiary and a greater understanding of how to keep bees sustainably!*

When: 9 am to 4:00 pm


Oakley Family Apiaries
664 W. Elm Mott Drive
Elm Mott, Texas 76640

Note: Lunch will be provided

Phone: (254) 307-2337


*Unsure about becoming a beekeeper? The Ploughshare Institute offers an excellent introduction to honey bees and beekeeping that provides a good foundation to help in understanding and applying our beekeeping management techniques. For more information on their course go to or call them at (254) 754-9620.

Comments from Our Students

Claude Van Ness

"We love these bee keeping seminars! We have successfully started 2 active beehives, following the Oakley method in central Texas. Highly recommended. These guys are the Best!"

Robin Key

"We like Oakley Family Apiaries because they developed a bee management System that works for Texas. Randy Oakley and his family have a wealth of knowledge about bees and maintaining a sustainable hive. They helped us set up our hive and mentored us for a year making themselves available to answer questions and guide us step-by-step along the way. I wholeheartedly recommend them for help in getting started with beekeeping. The daylong introductory workshop and monthly half-day workshops gave us everything we needed to succeed."

Todd Lasyone

"We met the Oakley’s at the Mother Earth News fair a couple of years ago. They taught us everything we needed to know about getting started in bee keeping. We bought our first nucs from them and attended a workshop at their place. We learned enough to be very successful our first year and get lots of honey. They are always very helpful if you have questions. Great folks also!"