Beginning Beekeeping

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Do you currently have a hive, plan to start one soon, or just want to know more about bees? If so, this class is for you!

When: Select a date from the menu. Classes are usually held Wednesdays or Saturdays from 6:00PM-9:00PM

Where: 1744 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214

We'll be covering:

  • The basics of honey bees
  • Popular hive designs
  • Top bar hive, Warre hive or foundationless Langstroth hive -- which is right for you?
  • Managing backyard hives
  • You've got bees in your hive, now what do you do?
  • Question and answer

There are 25 spots available for this class and they will be going quickly! Buy online through our website prior to the event to guarantee yourself a spot and save $5! If space allows, entry at the door will be $35. The cost of the class can be deducted from the purchase of a hive. Children 12 or under are free! 

"Our customers agree, we host the best beekeeping classes for all people. Our beginning beekeeping curriculum is more than just a topical overview of honeybees--our instructors categorically cover the range of topics of honeybee biology, history of beekeeping, and what it's like to be a modern beekeeper in today's society. Time spent covering the different models of beehives helps find the best fit for every customer." 

Cameron, Bee Thinking/Mead Market Manager

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Laura Torres

Fantastic Overview

Rebekah is incredibly knowledgeable. Beekeeping was a possible new hobby for me, but after this class, I'm in. Even if beekeeping may not be for you, the time is well spent learning about these amazing creatures. I look forward to more. Thanks!

Renae B.
United States

Beginning class

It was so informative with all of the history, bee habitat, etc. The only thing I was bummed about was that we ran out of time during the more "practical" day to day information. Rebecca is a wealth of knowledge and so much enthusiasm. I feel a lot better about our arriving nucs at the end of the month.

Robert K.
United States

The beginning beekeeping class was great!

I feel so much more confident as a beekeeper after taking the class. I started with one hive a year ago, and am mostly learning as I go, and reading a lot, but the class really helped me bring everything together.

Marco G.
United States

Best Class Ever

Excellent class!!

Portland, OR

Excellent Class!

Rebekah Golden did an excellent job teaching the class! All my questions were answered, and I feel adequately prepared to begin keeping bees for the first time this year. Before the class, I was having second thoughts, but Rebekah provided an excellent foundation for me to begin this journey. I am very thankful to have them as a resource.