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The Ashland Beekeepers Association presents a four-day Beekeepers 101 Short Course with an emphasis chemical-free practices. The course will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017 at the Family Life Baptist Church in Ashland, Virginia. An optional fifth Saturday open hive demonstration in the bee yard with an equipment assembly demonstration is included.  The course consists of lectures and hands-on demonstrations.

First Monday, March 6, 2017 6:30 PM to 9 PM

  • Honey bees and their origins
  • Honey bee biology and social order
  • Locating hives
  • Acquiring bees

Second Monday, March 13, 2017 6:30 PM to 9 PM

  • Equipment for the bees
  • Equipment for the beekeeper
  • Equipment for harvesting honey
  • ABA Mentor program

Third Monday, March 20, 2017 6:30 PM to 9 PM

  • Seasonal hive management
  • Installing Nucs and Packages
  • Feeding and feeders
  • Hive inspections
  • Fall and Winter preparations

Fourth Monday, March 27, 2017 6:30 PM to 9 PM

  • Recognizing the good vs the problems
  • Pests and disease management
  • Keeping pests under control without chemicals
  • Best Management Practices

Optional Saturday – TBD April Weather permitting

  • Open hive demonstration (protective gear required)
  • Equipment assembly demonstration


Tuition: $60 includes book 'Simple Smart Beekeeping', handouts, and a FREE Ashland Beekeepers membership for 2017.  $30 tuition available for additional students in the same household (includes handout and membership but no book).  Minor children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Seating is limited; please register early.  Click here to register online or here to print and mail a registration.  We look forward to introducing you to the exciting world of beekeeping!

Or, if you wish you may download a registration form and mail.
Click here to download a form:  2017 Spring Workshop - Registration form

Directions: Family Life Baptist Church is located at 206 S. Washington Hwy, Ashland, VA 23005.  It is in the same building with Pepicelli’s Pizza and directly across the street from Captain D’s. 

Take I-95 to Ashland, Take exit 92B to merge onto VA-54 W. Patrick Henry Rd toward Ashland, Approximately 1 mi, turn left onto US-1 South – Washington Hwy.  Go one block and the Family Life entrance is immediately after the AutoZone store, prior to the first light. Continue around the right side of the building and park in the rear.

From Richmond on US-1 North, Family Life is on left just past O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

Parking is behind the building.