Beekeeping for Beginners – March 2021

Ever wondered what it takes to become a beekeeper?


Join our two-part seminar and find out everything you need to know to get started! No prior experience necessary, this course is designed to help anyone new to beekeeping gain confidence to care for their own bees.

Gilroy Beekeepers Association (GBA) has been supporting local hobby beekeepers and bringing those curious about bees together for over 20 years. Our members range from experienced beekeepers to complete newbies. Members benefit from regular meetings, access to great speakers and training opportunities like this one – the ideal combination for learning and sharing about beekeeping.

We will be kicking off our Beekeeping for Beginners with a virtual meeting on March 20 (10 am – noon), and follow up with a hands-on session in the field on March 27 (10 am – noon).

When:  Saturdays, March 20 & 27, 2021

Time:  10 am to noon

Location:  Zoom and bee yard location to be announced

Instructors:  Master Beekepers and GBA Members – Sara Cutrignelli (UC Davis) and Arthur Kubogamell (Cornell)

Cost for GBA members:  $10.00 per person

Cost for non-members: $60.00 per person
(cost includes an individual membership for 2021)

Class size is limited to 20, so don’t wait – register below or contact Randy Fox at 408-683-0145 for more information.

Day 1: online
Saturday March 20

Join experienced and master beekeepers from the comfort of your computer for the first in our two-part course. You will hear and see:

  • Why keep bees…not just for the honey
  • Basic bee biology and life cycle
  • Choosing which bees are best for you and how to install them
  • Local regulations and hive placement
  • Protective equipment needed (before next session!)
  • Pest issues

Note: attendance at this online class is a prerequisite to the practical class the following week.

Day 2: at the bee yard
Saturday, March 27

Here’s your chance to put into practice what you have learned the previous week. Get together with experienced beekeeper mentors and find out how to:

  • Properly wear all protective equipment
  • Use all tools
  • Learn how to open the hives
  • Recognize each of the bee castes (queen, drone, worker) cells
  • Identify brood cells, honey storage cells, capped and uncapped cells
  • Look for pests

Note: don’t delay! Each participant is expected to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) including veil, jacket, gloves and boots, to this class. PPE is available at these fine establishments:

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