2019 Beekeeping Classes

Registration for 2019 beekeeping classes is now FULL.

Information submitted by Anne Frey, annef2525@gmail.com, 518-258-7503
and Ian Munger beekeeper@bluelinehoney.com

Even if you have been keeping bees for years, a class could give you some new ideas and a refreshing feeling of enthusiasm, so you may want to try this out! Topics covered in the Beginner class series are skills everyone uses every year. Last year, a member who’d had bees for close to 20 years took the beginner classes and said she had gotten a lot out of them!

This series is for people who range from just starting out, to those who have had hives for years but are not confident with the bees, or who may be on a treadmill of annual hive death.


Topics include: choosing equipment and ways to get bees, basic bee life cycle, locating a place for your hives, working your bees comfortably (physically and mentally), use of a smoker and hive tool, feeding, getting comb drawn well, supering, swarming, fall management, winter prep, hive products, basic disease and pest ID & management.

Class dates: 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18 at 6:00-8:45pm. Plus a daytime (Saturday) bee yard class TBA.

Location: Night classes will be held from 6-8:45 pm in half of the auditorium at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, at 50 West High St, Ballston Spa, 12020 (518-885-8995). This is the same building we have our monthly SABA meetings. A final, additional 2 hour long daytime class (on a Saturday) will be held in a nearby bee yard in the spring. Date, time and location to be announced.

Costs: 6 classes for just $115, and includes a one-year membership in SABA. If you are already a member, your current membership will be extended by one year. Yes, incredibly, that’s over 14 hours of instruction for $100 (plus required $15 membership fee)!! (Books not included, but required.)

Required Texts: Hive Management by Bonney and A Beekeeper’s Handbook by Sammataro and Avitabile. Approximate cost: $17 (Hive Management) and $23 (Handbook). (Available through Amazon.com)

All SABA Youth Award applicants from any year get beginner classes for free (still need to get the books and membership on your own). Only SABA Youth Awards winners are automatically registered, though. Other applicants, please register early!