Beekeeper Mentoring Program


Please note: Our mentoring program is only available to students who have completed ourĀ initial one-day beekeeping training workshop. If you have not yet taken our one-day workshop, please register for it first.

The mentoring program is a month-by-month follow-up to our one-day beekeeping course. It consists of a series of monthly half-day training sessions. In these sessions, we share what we are doing in our beehives that month and provide hands-on demonstrations of the procedures in our apiary. Then the student being mentored can apply what he has learned to his home apiary. Students enrolled in the program can contact me (Randy Oakley) by text, phone or email with questions concerning their bee colonies. Training sessions are 9 AM to noon.

Receive a $10.00 discount per class when you sign up for 2 or more mentoring classes at one time. When you add one mentoring class to the shopping cart, the price shown above will be reduced to reflect this discount.

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The goal of our beekeeper mentoring program is to help you become a successful beekeeper. Modern-day beekeeping presents us with a plethora of challenges to keeping our bees alive and productive. As beekeepers, over the years, we have pursued a course of letting the bees teach us what they need to be healthy and productive. There is always more to learn about bees but with over 40 years of beekeeping behind us, we feel that we are on the road to developing sustainable management principles that can help you become a successful beekeeper.

In this spirit, we offer this beekeeper mentoring program to share with you the management principles we use in our beehives to build resilient, sustainable apiaries.

Below is a schedule of the mentoring workshops we have planned for the year. Upon completion of our one-day beekeeping management course, you will be eligible to sign up for any or all of our mentoring workshops.

The 2023 Mentoring Workshop Schedule

MonthDate and TimeDiscussion Topics


February 4, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Understanding Spring Buildup


March 4, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Managing Spring Swarming


March 25, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Making Spring Beehive Increase


May 6, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Honey Flow Management


June 3, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Honey Harvest


July 1, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Summer Mite Treatment and Nectar Dearth


September 2, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Fall Buildup — Winter Bees


September 30, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Fall Mite Management


October 28, 2023

9am to 12 noon

Winter Preparation


December 2, 2023

9am to 12 noon

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