2017 Dates:

April 30 – Keeping Bees, Instructor: Charlie Dorsey

May 21 – Managing Colonies, Instructor: Bill Castro

June 25 РHarvesting Hive Products, Instructor: Bridget Kennedy

July 30 – Maintaining Healthy Bees, Instructor: Bill Castro

Aug 27 РPrep For Winter, Instructor: Charlie Dorsey

Oct 1 – 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. Limiting spaces available.

Instructor Bios:

Lindsay Barranco

Lindsay works as a Maryland Department of Agriculture regional apiary inspector and serves four counties in the state. She is past-president of the Anne Arundel County Beekeepers Association and coordinated the Association’s annual beginner beekeeping short course, in addition to mentoring beekeepers and speaking to numerous community groups about honey bees. Lindsay enjoys speaking with beekeepers and assisting them in recognizing the needs of the colony and implementing best management practices.

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.


Interested in a course in how to assemble and maintain your beekeeping equipment? Join us on March 26th for a one of a kind workshop on how to keep your equipment running to keep your bees buzzing! Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


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