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.
$65 per month. Prepay or pay on arrival (just message or email that you will be attending). This course is held once a month on the third Saturday (fourth Saturday in July) at 1:30pm. Especially designed for what is happening in the hives that month! Classroom & Hands on experience to take home and apply to your own colonies. This is especially helpful to those that only have one hive and need to have other hives to compare to. We will discuss and treat for Mites, pollen & nectar sources, how and when to feed, how and when to harvest honey, dearths & overwintering, robbing, laying worker, when to requeen, requeening european and africanized hives, swarm prevention, when to reduce hives and when to increase the size of a hive, preventing wax worms and much more. All information pertinent to that particular month. Holidays may interrupt class scheduling, if that occurs attendees will be notified of a different date for that month. Class participants will be eligible to win a prize from a drawing held each month. Participants also get to check out books from our library to be returned the next month to encourage Q&A period after each class. If you miss a class you may roll over to next month. Prerequisite Beekeeping 101 class or equivalent experience.
A presentation on fully sustainable beekeeping practices. Worried about the economy or other event that fully disrupts our supply chain? Monica will discuss areas where money can be saved, what plants to grow that yield the highest forage for both man and bee, prepping beehives for emergencies, last resort mite treatments and general beekeeping in a grid down scenario.
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.
Surprise someone special with a Gift Card! Gift Cards are delivered to the recipient by email and include instructions on how to redeem them at checkout. Our Gift Cards have no additional processing fees and never expire.
Have a friend you would like to do something special for? Gift cards are good towards any product or service, including classes and bee removals.
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 propolis class making natural lotions and lipbalms making natural home cleaning products
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 $75.
Monica when she was little....each motif on the building is an opening to a beehive.