Interested in becoming a backyard beekeeper? We offer classes, hands-on workshops, and one-on-one consulting! Our bee classes have limited seating to ensure that our students receive quality education vs. quantity so be sure to sign up in advance!
All our classes focus on sustainable, natural and alternative beekeeping practices and are especially designed for hobbyist backyard beekeepers. Hilary is the instructor for all the classes and she knows how intimidating beekeeping can be from the beginner’s perspective so she makes a big point of being friendly and accessible. You have nothing to fear! Take the plunge and sign up below!
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Earn a certificate in Natural Beekeeping from Girl Next Door Honey! Our certificate program is designed to prepare you to be the best beekeeper that you can be. Get a comprehensive education on the subject through a combination of lecture based classes, hands-on workshops, and independent study assignments.$450.00 Add to cart
Intro to Beekeeping Class
If you’re thinking about starting a bee hive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners so no prerequisite knowledge is required. Hilary will teach you how the honey bee lives, discuss different hive designs, and tell you how to get started with your own hive. This class will be approximately 3 hours long and there will be no hands-on beekeeping so protective clothing and bravery will not be necessary.From: $40.00 Read more
Online Intro to Beekeeping Class for Non-Locals
For non-locals only! An online version of the popular Intro to Beekeeping class. This class will be taught by Hilary through an online platform. Do you live in another country? No problem! Students can log in from anywhere in the world to take this class and special time zone classes will be held to accommodate everyone. You will see a presentation on your screen with a live audio lecture. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout just like in her regular class. If you’re thinking about starting a bee hive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners so no prerequisite knowledge is required.From: $40.00 Read more
201 Hive Inspection Class
Join us for some hands-on beekeeping! This is the second class in Hilary’s beekeeping series. It will focus on basic hive inspections for new beekeepers. Learn how to properly protect yourself from the bees, how to use your smoker and what to look for when inspecting a hive all first-hand! We will also spend some time talking about where to place your hive in your yard, what you can do to minimize their presence in a smaller yard, and how to protect your pets and neighbors.From: $65.00 Read more
201 Hive Inspection – Top Bar Hive Edition
Join us for some hands-on beekeeping! This is the second class in Hilary’s beekeeping series. It will focus on basic hive inspections for new beekeepers. Learn how to properly protect yourself from the bees, how to use your smoker and what to look for when inspecting a hive all first-hand! We will also spend some time talking about where to place your hive in your yard, what you can do to minimize their presence in a smaller yard, and how to protect your pets and neighbors.
We will be inspecting Top Bar Hives in this class and focus on all the above as it pertains to this style hive.From: $65.00 Read more
Hive Rescue/Relocation Workshop
Join us for some hands on beekeeping! This is part of Hilary’s advanced workshop series. It will focus on hive removal and relocation. Bees often set up their homes in unwanted locations and unfortunately, a lot of them are poisoned as a means of removal. Now, you can learn how to safely remove and re-home an established beehive colony and become part of the sustainable solution!From: $85.00 Read more
Hive Assembly Workshop
In the Intro to Beekeeping class you learned about styles of hives and what you need to order, now learn how to put it all together! We will identify the parts of a Langstorth hive and assemble one together. We will also go over some modifications and tricks that can be done during this process to make your hive more sustainable and healthy for bees.From: $15.00 Read more
Advanced Beekeeping Lecture
The second lecture in the series, this class focuses on second year beekeeping practices. Learn how to identify maladies and benign oddities within the hive, how to make splits and nucs and how to requeen (with special consideration for aggressive hives). The class runs 2 hours.From: $65.00 Read more
Honey Harvest Workshop
Join us for the sweetest part of beekeeping! Hilary will conduct a short lecture that covers when, what and how to harvest. Then, things will get a little sticky as we move into the hands on segment and process a batch of honey! This part of the workshop will cover both the 'crush and strain' method and the extraction method (which uses centrifugal force to spin the honey out of the combs). We will also spend some time talking about how to properly store your honey, different packaging options and ways to use your honey before finishing up with wax rendering.From: $65.00 Read more