Thinking about starting a backyard beehive? Curious about keeping bees in Southern Arizona? Here is our introductory class. This class is designed for absolute beginners and emphasis on local problems such as Africanized Hybrid Honeybees. Learn the cast and demographics of the hive, different hive designs, protective gear and tips. The local seasons and how they affect the hive. Lots of practical information on setting up and maintaining your hive. Our area is very unique and beginner beekeeping books, though they are great for basic knowledge, will not prepare you for beekeeping in the Southwest. First half is in the classroom, second half is hands on in our bees! This helps you get comfortable being around bees. You will get the opportunity to to inspect hives with supervision and guidance. How to protect yourself and those around you. How and when to use a smoker and what to look for during inspections. During the hands on part, we inspect multiple hives. This gives us glimpses into different scenarios, one hive may have laying workers, one may be going through requeening, one may have mites, so each class can be different! A few times we even had to gather swarms that landed nearby! This class requires protective clothing. If you do not have a suit yet, don't worry, you can borrow one of ours. This class includes a one year membership to the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association.
1 day workshop, 6 hours long. Starts at 9am. Breaks at noon for lunch, either bring your own or visit one of the restaurants in Three Points, resumes at 1pm until 4pm.
Space limited to 6 persons per class. Class fee is $150. You can choose to pay the full amount or hold your space by choosing 1/2 down with remainder due at the class by clicking on the drop down tab below.
Working with Africanized Hives, Requeening, Making Splits, Spotting Failing Queens, Prevent Swarming, Fixing Laying Workers, Diseases & Pests: AFB, EFB, Chalk Brood, PMS more on mites!
Beekeeping 101 class or equivalent experience required prior to Advanced workshop. Class starts at 9am and is held south of Three Points, AZ. Prepare for an all day experience, bring your lunch or visit one of the local restaurants midday.
Learn about feral bee winter habits, mites, feeding techniques including different feeders. Learn how to make your own protein supplement, and take a sample home to your hives. Open feeding and issues with robbing. Wax worms and comb storage and more! Workshop held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Choose dates from drop down list.
Africanized Hybrid Hive Requeening / Rehabilitation Class
Have a European docile hive taken over by Africanized Hybrids? Catch a swarm and are over your head with an aggressive hive? Daughter of your queen mate with the wrong boys? Can't get a new queen to take in your highly defensive hive? This is the class for you. Discussing and HANDS-ON techniques used for the best requeening acceptance percentage. Learn about when to use push in cages, know when you have to split and learn how. BRING YOUR BEST SUIT! We will be going into a couple nasty hives I have saved just for you! We will prepare these hives for new queens. Then we will introduce queens into hives I previously prepared for queen acceptance. See and learn the whole requeening technique.
Beekeeping 101 class or equivalent experience required prior to AHB REQUEENING CLASS. Class starts at 9am and is held south of Three Points, AZ. Prepare for an all day experience, bring your lunch or visit one of the local restaurants midday.
BEEKEEPING YEAR LONG COURSE - Class held once a month for a year
ANNUAL SPRING BEEKEEPING CAMP - 7 days being a beekeeper. Stay on the farm.
homesteading businesses - making $$ animal husbandry gardening growing / permaculture using herbs homestead canning and preserving - fermenting, pickling, dehydrating homestead kitchen skills hunting foraging frugal living for off grid energy sewing/mending arts & crafts from the homestead water survival soap making candle making show me the "honey" propolis class making natural lotions and lipbalms making natural home cleaning products
How to Render Lard Class dates coming soon....
Speaking / Lectures
We have a lecture designed for Garden groups, Community Gardens, Landscaping companies, Property Managers / Rentals, and Nature groups. This talk is designed specifically for Arizona. We live around feral hives. These hives have been found to be 98% Africanized Hybrid Honeybees. In this talk participants will learn:
1) European vs Africanized Bees 2) Importance of Bees 3) Luring bees to your garden 4) Preventing bees from establishing homes in unwanted places 5) Difference between Wasps and Honeybees 6) What to do (and not do) if you encounter a feral hive
Speaker fees for local groups start at $65.
Monica when she was little....each motif on the building is an opening to a beehive.