Forsyth County Beekeepers Association

Bee School 2016

Class Schedule

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

February 6 Week 1 Introduction; Purchasing Hives, Equipment, and Bees
February 20 Week 2 Honey Bee Biology
February 27 Week 3 Examining Colonies and Spring Management
March 5 Week 4 Bee Stings; Summer, Fall, and Winter Management
March 12 Week 5 Diseases, Predators, and Pesticides
Field Days: Determined by Mentor

Forsyth County Cooperative Extension
Forsyth County Center
1450 Fairchild Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105


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NC Master Beekeeper

You may be interested in becoming a Certified Beekeeper in the NC Master Beekeeper Program. As a student, you will have the opportunity to take the written and practical exams that will give you this distinction. You are not required to take the exams to participate in Bee School 2015.

If the certification is something you are interested in pursuing, you will need to join the NC State Beekeepers Association before taking the exams in March and April. Joining the NCSBA is simple, and involves filling out a membership form and paying dues.

Beekeeping/Bee School FAQs

Is there any help offered once I complete the class?
We assign a mentor to each student wanting one. Normally, a mentor has about 3 to 5 students they are working with. We believe mentoring to be the best way for new beekeepers to flourish.
Should I buy my hives before class?
You can, but we recommend that you attend bee school first. You have a lot to learn and consider, and you will have time before you purchase or capture your first colony to make these decisions.
Should I use medium or deep brood boxes/supers? Eight or ten frame?
These decisions are best decided after evaluating your goals in beekeeping. Attending bee school and discussing your options with a mentor will assist you in making these important decisions.
Should I get wax foundation, plastic, Duragilt, or go natural?
There are many choices and they come with pros and cons, like anything in life. During bee school we will do our best to educate you on your options. In the end, it is each beekeeper's preference.
Who is the best dealer to get my supplies from?
There are many: Miller Bee Supply, Brushy Mountain Bee Farm, Dadant, and too many to name here. Our best advice is to do your homework, check prices and quality, and stick to one dealer. Keep in mind that the best dealer may be one that is nearest to you since shipping costs can often be high.
Where do I get my bees?
You have many choices, and we will give you guidance; however, local and chemical free is the best option. Again, you will gather that information from bee school and your mentor.
Should I buy an extractor?
It is not advised since there are members of our association that provide extracting services for reasonable prices. Buying an extractor is an expensive purchase.