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MABA Complete Beekeeping Short Course

An Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping

Come to the MABA Short Course to learn the fundamentals of beekeeping from our panel of experts. We welcome anyone who is interested in learning about honey bees, even if a hive is not in your immediate future.

Setting up new hives must be done in the spring, generally from March to May. This course is offered in January to give potential beekeepers time to order bees and equipment and prepare a site for hives. Since the course takes place in January, our classroom course will not involve live bees. During the spring and summer months, hands-on experience with live bees will be available to all Short Course students through the MABA Hive Inspection program. In the MABA Hive Inspections, small groups go through a beehive with an experienced beekeeper in one of several MABA hive locations in the Atlanta area.

Join our MABA Short Course and learn what you need to know to get started keeping honey bees.

The next Short Course will be on January 14, 2017.

Below is information from this years Short Course.

Featured 2016 Short Course Speakers:

Keith Delaplane is the Professor and Program Director of the UGA Honey Bee Program, Director of the Managed Pollinator CAP (Coordinated Agricultural Project), Director of the Georgia Master Beekeeping Program, and a MBE-Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Keith Fielder is a County Extension Coordinator with the University of Georgia. He operates Rocky Hill Honey Farm, in Eatonton, Georgia. He is a Senior Welsh Honey Judge and was awarded the Georgia Beekeeper of the Year in 2009.

2016 Beekeeping Short Course Schedule

7:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 Welcome
8:20 Hive Equipment
8:50 Installing the Hive
9:05 Hive Location
9:35 Bee Biology
10:15 Break and Smoker Lighting
10:35 Diseases, Pests, and IPM
11:15 Varroa Mites
12:00 Lunch with a Beekeeper
1:15 Hive Inspection and Care
2:00 A Year in the Apiary
2:45 Break
3:00 Bee Forage and Botany
3:40 Honey Harvesting
4:00 Questions and Answers with Instructors


Atlanta Botanical Garden, Day Hall
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE
Atlanta GA 30309

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
7:45 AM- 5:00 PM


Fee for the one day course: $95


  • First class presentations by educators in entomology and botany as well as experienced urban beekeepers
  • Displays of beekeeping equipment
  • Educational materials
  • Lunch and beverages
  • Parking pass for parking deck at the Botanical Garden


Email Chris Jones with your questions at MABAShortCourse@gmail.com

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