Taking A Beekeeping Class – Why It’s A Good Idea
Considering becoming a beekeeper? Great! Do you have to take a class to keep bees? No, you don’t. But you stand a much better chance of success if you are prepared for bee management. Beekeeping is a dream for a lot of people but it doesn’t have to be just a dream. Investing in a good beekeeping class or beekeeping course is money well spent. And it may just save you from wasting hundreds of dollars too!
A lot of Beekeeping Information Available
It is easier to become a beekeeper today than any other time in recent history. The plight of the honey bee and other pollinators is big news. The media attention has resulted in many people getting involved in bees. Sadly, it has also resulted in the death of many honey bee colonies and frustrated former beekeepers. Keeping bees is rewarding but it is not easy-especially if you have no idea what you are doing.
Anyone who wishes to become a beekeeper, needs to learn about all aspects of beekeeping. You need to know more than just how to get the bees in the first box. From how to recognize the queen bee to completing your first hive inspections, knowledge is the key to success. Successful beekeepers know that the time invested in beekeeping education will pay for itself in many ways.
A quick search online will provide you will a lot of information about honey bees. In fact, perhaps too much ! You will find videos, books, etc on every aspect of raising bees. There is a lot of good information available. But keep in mind that anyone can make a YouTube video, know enough to recognize good advice when you here it.
This is where a good beekeeping class becomes important. If you know the basics, everything else fits into place much easier. Consider taking more than 1 beekeeping course!
Taking More Than 1 Beekeeping Class
Does it surprise you that I recommend taking more than 1 beekeeping class? Why would I say this? Well, I have completed several beekeeping courses myself (and I still do when the chance arrives). I have seen the benefits of having different teachers. Every beekeeper has expertise in different areas. Some people are great beekeepers personally but may not be great at teaching others. Teaching is a skill too.
Check Out Beekeeping Associations in Your Area
Most regions of the country have beekeeping associations. And, most of the associations hold beginner beekeeping classes in the late Winter. This is the time of year when the beekeepers are not busy with their own hives. But, local classes don’t fit everyone’s schedule. If you miss the local class, my online class can get you started.
Can’t We Just All Agree? – NO
If you have had any connection with the world of beekeepers, you know that we are an opinionated bunch. That’s okay, but its not the most effective teaching technique. The basics of honey bee biology and the needs of bees are obvious. But, be prepared to hear a lot of opinions.
This is another reason that I support the idea of taking more than 1 beekeeping class. It gives you a chance to gather useful information from different people. This gives you a better perspective and you learn more than 1 way to do things.
Beekeeping Course Expectations
A beekeeping course should be easy to understand and fit your learning schedule. You should have access to some type of material to review at a later date. This may be your notes if you take a live class. Do so, they will be useful later-it is impossible to remember everything you are told.
Your instructor(s) should be familiar with the type problems faced by beginner beekeepers. Some of the best beekeepers I know are not the best teachers – they find it hard to remember how overwhelming the basics can be.
My Online Beekeeping Class
I developed my online beekeeping class after years of teaching beekeeping locally. I know which beekeeping mistakes are most common for first year beekeepers. In my online beekeeping class, I strive to give you correct, factual basic information on how to keep bees. You decide how to apply the techniques I teach.
There are many ways to be a good beekeeper. Find the beekeeping management style that fits your schedule and your region. My way of beekeeping is not the only way but it will get you off to a great start. A good beekeeping course covers the basics of honey bee biology, basic hive equipment, safety measures and more.
What About a Free Beekeeping Class?
I am sure you have learned by now that nothing is free. If you are not paying for the class, you are paying with your time, exposure to ads for things they sell, etc. A free beekeeping class will give you useful basic beekeeping tips. However, they are always centered around what products that business wants to sell you. Take the class but don’t let it be the only beekeeping course you experience.
Know Your Beekeeping Instructor
When choosing the best beekeeping class, consider who is developing the material. I am a Master Beekeeper and I have spent years training new beekeepers through my local beekeeping association and other outreach. I don’t know it all – no one does.
However I am a real beekeeper who has experienced real bee management issues. Ideally, the instructor of your class will be someone who is the same type of beekeeper as you want to be.
Do they have a newsletter that will continue to send you updated information from the beekeeping community?
All of these things add value to the beekeeping class itself and help you to continue to grow. Learning how to be a beekeeper is not a one time event. No beekeeping class can teach you everything you need to know. Beekeeping is a journey.
Beginner Beekeeping Class Online
My online beekeeping class features more than 10 modules of videos and notes. You can take the class on your own schedule and re-watch the videos over and over if you desire. Class materials may refer back to my blog for additional information but I am not trying to sell you anything within the class modules. Pulling from over 13 years of experience teaching new beekeepers, I cover the important basic aspects of beekeeping.
My beekeeping class is personal with my experience – what has worked – what did not. I have created all the content so you are getting a true beekeepers perspective.