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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.

Kirsten & Michael Trynor of Flickerwood Apairy will be our guest speakers on January 5th.

Kirsten received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-2007, annually awarded to ten American leaders in their field. She and her husband drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting their findings through 50+ published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.

Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She currently investigates how pesticides impact honey bee health for the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp and is the editor of Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association.

Michael is a commercial and fine art photographer, whose work has appeared in national and international magazines. The head of National Geographic asked him to teach their photographers his photographic knowledge. His incredible macro images of bees and flowers bring the world of beekeeping to life. Combining his skills in beekeeping with photography, he has documented the life of bee breeders, beekeepers and bee scientists around the world. A selection of his work is available online at and He is an avid speaker and a great teacher, able to communicate complex ideas in simple steps. He has taught professional photographers around the world. His photography classes are informative, entertaining and always well attended.

Kirsten and Michael will be presenting "Smart, Simple Beekeeping"  and "Over the Atlantic : European Intensive Hive Management"

In German, there is a popular saying “Wieso einfach, wenn auch umstandig”, which means why take the simple route, when there is a complicated one. As humans, we gravitate toward complicated answers. Maybe we’re drawn to complex solutions, because if it’s difficult and we fail, it’s understandable and we don’t feel bad. But beekeeping need not be complicated, difficult or complex. Learn to keep healthy hives in an easy, carefree way so you enjoy your hives and feel confident working your bees.

Commercial beekeepers in Europe often manage only 200 to 500 hives, yet make a comfortable living. We worked at the Professional Bee Institute in Celle, Germany, learning how to manage hives. The institute loses just 4% of their colonies annually. Discover how they intensely manage their hives to keep them healthy and productive.

Their awesome books: "Simple Smart Beekeeping" & "Two Million Blossoms" will be available for purchase and autographs.