Beekeeping School 2017

Stone Barns Center is partnering with the Melisseus Honey Bee Research and Education Initiative to present the seventh year of Beekeeping School.




From March 21 through October 22, students will participate in sixteen 2½-hour classes that follow the establishment of colonies of honeybees over the course of the 2017 growing season. Each class consists of an hour-long lecture pertaining to one particular aspect of beekeeping coupled with a one-hour practice session working with live bees in a small apiary set up by the students. Classes are held every two to three weeks throughout the summer and will be co-taught by Maggie Schwed, Beekeeper at Stone Barns Center, and DJ Haverkamp, from Bedford Bee Honeybee Service.


Protective hooded bee jackets, hive tools and smokers will be provided for each participant to use during the classes.




Farmers or hobbyists; if you already have bees but want to learn more; or if you are considering keeping bees and want to explore the details before you do, Beekeeping School may be right for you.


When and Where


Beekeeping School offers two sessions, March 21 through October 22:

Sundays, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY

Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:30 pm, at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, NY 


For a complete schedule of meeting dates at both locations, click here.


Participants should register for their preferred session but will be allowed to attend classes in either session if there are scheduling conflicts. The exact same workshops are presented at both sites.


$240 for 16 workshops, sold as a complete series




Class size will be limited, so sign up early.

Beekeeping School is co-sponsored by the John Jay Historic Site, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and the Melisseus Honeybee Research and Education Initiative.

Sam Anderson
9 months, 2 weeks ago

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