Beekeeping Equipment Workshop


Listen in to Queen Bee, Devra Kitterman and Managing Director, Wes Jamison  talk about bees, pollination, and the role of the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council in educating the public about agriculture:


January 14th, 2018

1 PM – 3 PM

Want to become a beekeeper? What equipment do you need and how do you set it up?

Already have your own Apiary? How do you properly set it up and maintain it to keep the bees healthy?

All great questions! Come and find out!

This straightforward workshop is intended for beekeepers new and not so new, and covers assembly of Langstroth hive bodies and frames, with both wax foundation and non-foundation frame set ups. Attendees are encouraged to bring their unassembled boxes and frames and learn how to put them together properly to last for the long term. Beekeeping makes for a very steep learning curve, and this workshop is intended to prevent the wasteful purchase of lesser quality or unnecessary equipment and to empower new beekeepers in the understanding and longevity of what will become a very important equipment investment to protect our most important and beloved stinging insect.

Attendees should bring their unassembled hive equipment to be assembled AND the following for hive boxes: 1 or 2 countersink drill bits #6 – 9/64″ and depending on how many boxes need to be assembled, a small or large box of Deckmate #8 x 1 – 5/8 coated deck screws. We strongly recommend weatherproof screws for the long term strength and reliability of your hive bodies, but some folks use nails. Those who intend to use nails should bring the appropriate nails. We will provide jigs for frame assembly, drills, compressors, staple guns and staples for frame assembly.



Bill Castro is the owner of The Bee Friendly Apiary in Baltimore City, and is a dedicated Treatment-Free, Urban Apiarist with 30 years of hands-on experience in California, Colorado, and Maryland. His 25 years of experience as a carpenter and tradesman has made him a meticulous and busy go-to contractor for bee and swarm removals. He is a tireless and vocal advocate for pollinators, an avid gardener and all-around nature lover.


$40 for 1 person. Each additional guest/family member is only $30, so bring your friends!