Dear all, we have nailed down our dates for 2018’s Intermediate Beekeeping Classes.  We are currently working to assign instructors to each class, but there will be a combination of expert beekeepers Bill Castro, Lindsay Barranco and David Papke.

AVAILABLE NOW: Buy all 5 classes and get one free.  If you plan on attending all 6 Intermediate Classes, please call – 4108878973 – or email – – and we will set you up with your free class.

2018 Dates:

April 29 – Keeping Bees, Instructor: Bill Castro

May 20 – Managing Colonies, Instructor: David Papke

June 10 – Maintaining Healthy Bees, Instructor: David Papke

July 22 – Harvesting Hive Products, Instructor: David Papke

Aug 26 – Prep For Winter, Instructor: Bill Castro

Sep 30 – Final Prep for Winter, Instructor: Bill Castro

Intended for beekeepers who would benefit from mentored hands-on experience. Each lesson will consist of an in-depth discussion on a specific timely topic, followed by practical demonstrations in the apiary. Lessons will cover a full season of beekeeping. Everyone will have the opportunity to work with live colonies guided by an experienced beekeeper. Lessons are informal, allowing time for questions of all sorts. Learn from observation and actually working with honey bee colonies. Educate yourself. Meet other beekeepers. Help the honey bees.

NOTES: Sundays from 11:00AM-2:00PM, rain or shine. Pre-requisite: beginner beekeeping course. Preregistration required, no drop-ins. Please bring your protective gear (extra veils are available). Children over 10 yrs old accompanied by an adult are welcome at Family pricing. There will be a lunch break in the middle of the day, so bring a lunch with you! Limited spaces available.

Instructor Bios:

David Papke

Past president of CMBA, David has kept bees for 40 years in OH, MD, PA, and Belize, C.A. with the Peace Corps. He currently lives in York County, PA renting colonies to growers for pollination and producing honey for the local market.

Bill Castro

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.

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