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Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Ashland Beekeepers Association has regrettably cancelled it's 2021 Bee School. We are sharing the following online courses as a courtesy only. We are not affiliated with, nor endorsing these courses. If you have any questions about education, please email us at:

Pennsylvania State University offers an on-line course called Beekeeping 101.

Ohio State offers webinars and course.

Education tips from the Ashland Beekeepers Association (ABA) education chair (when a Bee School is not available):
1) Take at least one of the online courses above to learn about equipment, bee biology, pests and disease, and general management.

2) Get a book or two which will cover the same topics, probably in more detail. ABA has several books which are used in our Bee School. Contact us if interested as we purchase in bulk and price is generally cheaper than you can find online.
Books we have available:
"The Beekeeper's Handbook" Sammataro and Avitabile
"Simple Smart Beekeeping" Traynor
"Beekeeping Basics" PennState
"A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies" PennState

3) Go to Randy Oliver's website:
and in the left column on the homepage titled "What This Site Is About" look for the blue link "Basic Beekeeping" and follow it. Randy covers the aspects of getting started in a straight-forward, practical manner that lays out what works best, how to do it; along with a good bit of what it's actually like. The only adjustment to make is the calendar timeline he provides as it's based on his west coast, mountainous location. Adjust colony events earlier about a month and you will be fairly close to when things happen in Hanover Co. Randy's Basics is a recommended read to everyone, whether you take a class or not.

In order to avoid any legal ramifications, it's suffice that this is Willy's healthy supplement recipe for adding to sugar syrup.

5 cups water

2 1/2 lbs. sugar

1/8 teaspoon lecithin granules (used as emulsifier)

15 drops spearmint oil

15 drop lemongrass oil

He mentioned he used a cap full per 2 gals of sugar syrup when feeding.

Willy purchases the lecithin granules and oils from Puritan's Pride. (This is not an endorsement, but just a source suggestion)

However, the least expensive container of  lecithin granules is 16 oz which is most likely a lot more than will ever be used by one beekeeper. Amazon has a 4 oz package available which is reasonable even though the price per ounce is a good bit more.

First Baptist Church Ashland

800 Thompson Street (Route 54)

Ashland, VA 23005

From the WEST - Wesley Street (church sits on the corner of Thompson Street & Wesley) is a left-hand turn, 0.3 mike past Kiddie Kingdom and Hanover Manor, both of which are on the right side of Route 54.

This next paragraph applies to ALL TRAVEL DIRECTIONS,

After you are on Wesley Street, quickly turn left or, not as quickly, take the second left entrance into the parking lot and proceed either left or right around the church, to the rear of the building. Our entrance will bee the one nearest to the awning covered entrance on the far right; there will bee a sign at the correct door.

From the EAST - from the junction of Route 1 (Washington Highway) & Route 54 (Main Street which becomes Thompson Street), it is 1.5 miles to the right hand turn onto Wesley Street. It is also 1.0 mile from where you cross the railroad tracks.  Follow the ALL TRAVEL DIRECTIONS above once there.

From the SOUTH - either follow the directions for From the East or find your way to Elmont Road, which becomes Medical Drive, where it makes a T at Route 54; you’ll see the church diagonally to the right. Follow the West directions from there; I’m not sure you’re even 0.1 mile from Wesley Street.

From the NORTH - if you know the backroads you can wind your way there OR I would suggest you follow the directions for From the East.

Look for the stick-the-ground, 2-sided, corrugated plastic signs. Yellow background with a few honey bees flying around and the words: ASHLAND BEEKEEPERS MEETING. One on the corner of Wesley and Thompson; the other just outside the entry door.