Beginning Level 2018 Class Sessions -

 Ready, Set, Let's Raise Bees!

If you are interested in registering for the SPRING 2018 class, read on.
Send your NAME, PHONE NUMBER, AND ADDRESS to John Lewis, Education Coordinator


Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah (BONS) sponsors a class each year in Beginning Beekeeping.   The class is taught only once per year, in the early spring months (Feb-April) – this timing works best for the bees.  This will be our 13th year teaching this class locally and it has become extremely popular.   

The BONS Beginning Beekeeping class is taught parallel to similar classes that are taught this time of year across Northern Virginia.  We are part of the Northern Virginia Beekeeping Teaching Consortium.  BONS serves Frederick and Clarke Counties, Winchester, and the northern reaches of Shenandoah, Warren and Fauquier Counties.

There is a lot to learn to be successful with bees.  The Beginning Beekeeping class will give you all the information you need to get through your first year or so of beekeeping.  We help you understand how a bee colony functions, what woodenware and protective gear to buy, how to build the hives, how to deal with diseases, and how to manage bees to (hopefully) produce honey.

The class is a lot of fun.  It runs 8 sessions, mostly one night per week.  The class includes two part days of practical, hands-on work.  In the first, we teach you to build strong and durable hive equipment (March).  In the second, we work with and inspect live honeybee colonies (April).

The cost of the class for 2017 was $120.00.  In 2018, we plan to have four sections of the class.  You will be registered in just one section, but the same material is taught across all four sections by different instructors.

We are unsure of the exact start dates for the 2018 class, but in 2017, the class was taught …

… at The Virginia Arboretum at Blandy Farm, in the Library, starting Monday, Feb 13 @ 7-9 pm.

… at the Marshall Community Center, starting Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 7-9pm.

… at the Virginia Tech Research Farm, 595 Laurel Grove Road, starting Wednesday, Feb 15 @ 6-8pm.

… at Shenandoah University (Henkel Hall, Rm 223) starting Saturday, Feb 18, 10am – noon.

Please also be aware that getting started in beekeeping is not cheap. The costs include the class ($120), purchase of hive woodenware and protective gear, as well as bees to put into your hives. In total, first year costs can typically run about $800. Future year costs are much lower, but getting started takes some funds.

So if you’re interested in keeping bees, let us know.  Please send your name, address and phone number by email, to John Lewis.  We will be back in touch in January.  To learn more about beekeeping, you can also attend our monthly club meetings, held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  See elsewhere on the website for details.  Come see what beekeeping is all about!

John Lewis

BONS Education Coordinator