MABA 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.

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Schedule for 2017 Beekeeping Short Course

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


Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305

When Next Short Course is Held

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Details to be announced


Fee for the 2017 one day course is $105



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