Live Your Dream!
Bee A Keeper is our fantasy day-in-the-life event where YOU become a beekeeper for a day. This event is perfect for someone who’s always wanted to try the beekeeping craft but doesn’t want the time or commitment of maintaining a hive.
Beekeeping is an amazing pursuit but can be intimidating to start. Aside from the mystique & sting issues, the costs can really add up:
Start Up Costs
Beginner kit (gear/tools) $400-500 (1 hive)
Bees (package or nuc) $120-200 (1 colony)
Starting estimate $520-700 (1 colony)
Then … Replacement queens? Classes? Feed? Treatments? Candy boards, moisture quilts, slatted racks, hive stands, & gizmos galore!
Add insult to injury, as you learn that your bees won’t produce honey the first year and may not make it through winter. Come spring, you may need to buy more bees. Another $120-200. Can you do it for less? Sure. But in reality, most beginners start with commercial ware and don’t build equipment or catch swarms. Getting started seems daunting.
Enjoy the Magic without the Headaches
My workshop introduces the joy of bees & beekeeping without the nitty gritty detail of
disease & management. It’s a way to test drive beekeeping for a day. Maybe it will ignite an interest that will lead to a lifelong hobby. Or maybe it’s just a bucket-list item you can enjoy, photograph, and check off. Either way, you’ve gotten your feet wet without diving in head first. And if you want to pursue more, I can point you that way.
This workshop isn’t intended to be a Beekeeping 101. There are wonderful groups who do in-depth, multi-week training for those wanting to study the details. Mine is a one-day experience to simply enjoy the wonder of beekeeping. Even if you never touch a hive again, you’ll remember it forever.
I offer full and half-day Bee A Keeper workshop options. Here’s what we’ll do:
Half Day/ Full Day Morning (9am-12pm)
- Tour of our small farm & apiary
- Value of bees in the landscape, pollination
- Hive basics – residents, bee lifecycle, colony communication
- What to look for in a hive – queen, larvae, drones, pollen, nectar
- Suit up & hands-on – inspect a working colony (protective gear provided)
- Harvest honey – preserve raw honey to take home
Full Day Afternoon (12pm-3pm)
- Locally catered lunch featuring honey-based recipes
- NC Beekeeping seasons – what’s blooming, habitats, attracting pollinators
- Hands-on class choice of:
- Beeswax candle making OR
- Handcrafted soap making
- Take home your products for gift giving
- Cut your own bouquet from our flower garden
(Youth ages 10-18 $50 off rates with registered adult)
View the full agenda here. Workshops are offered Spring & Fall on select weekday and weekends, by appointment. To reserve a space click the half or full day option above to check out in our Shop. To request an alternative date, please email me.
2018 Dates Remaining:
September: 15, 25, 29
October: 9, 13, 23
2019 dates will begin in April
Group Size: To enhance the personal experience, I schedule a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 participants/event. Well-mannered children over age 10 may register at a discounted rate with an accompanied adult.
Weather: Beekeeping is highly seasonal and weather-dependent. Bees are grumpy in cool, wet conditions. To maximize everyone’s experience, we reserve the right to reschedule events as needed.
Risk: Honeybees are generally docile creatures and are enjoyable to work. But beekeeping has an inherent risk of stings. All participants are required to sign a risk disclosure & liability waiver before arrival. Anyone with a known sting allergy must disclose it and carry a personal Epi-Pen.
Under North Carolina law, there is no liability for an injury to or death of a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury or death. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity.