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Beekeeping Class: Becoming a Natural Beekeeper Level 2 & Level 3

Interested in having a backyard apiary or taking your beekeeping skills to the next level?  Join Nathalie from Bee Mindful for the intermediate and advanced levels of a three-part Becoming a Natural Beekeeper Series.

Join the Level 2 or Level 3, or both!   Note: these two classes are ticketed separately.

Level Two (10:00am – 12:00pm) – This is an in-depth natural beekeeping class with a practical focus on what a beekeeper needs to do, from installing bees to harvesting honey.   Tickets for the class are $60 and can be purchased on Bee Mindful’s website.

Level Three (12:30pm – 3:30pm) – This Advanced/Hands-On in the Apiary class is the last level of our three-part Becoming a Natural Beekeeper Series.  It is led by Les Crowder and/or Nathalie (Master Level in the TAMU Master Beekeeper Certification Program) Tickets for the class are $130 and can be purchased on Bee Mindful’s website.

Lunch and drinks are available for purchase.

Be sure to check out the hands-on Level 1 theory class held at Vista’s apiary on Thursday, March 14!

In the Level 2 class, we will discuss & demonstrate with props the following concepts:
– installation of packages, nucs, and swarms into Top-Bar & Langstroth Hives
– feeding strategies and options
– principles of Natural, chemical-free Beekeeping
– swarming prevention
– requeening basics
– harvesting process


In the three hour Level 3 class, we will work in a Natural and Sustainable Apiary with working Top-Bar Hives AND Langstroth Hives, and discuss & demonstrate the following:

– how to quickly and efficiently light a smoker that lasts
– how to quickly inspect Top-Bar Hives and Langstroth Hives
– how to evaluate a colony’s health and issues
– how to read frames (all stages of brood, finding the queen, food stores of pollen and nectar/honey, identifying nurse bees, foragers, guards, drones)
– identifying the queen, foragers, nurse bees, , guards, drones)
– identifying pests and pathogens and how to troubleshoot

You will need to bring your smoker, protective clothing (veil, jacket or suit, gloves, closed shoes/boots, hive tool). If the weather does not cooperate, we will do talk through advanced concepts of beekeeping, including the subjects listed above.


March 16th
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Vista Brewing
13551 FM 150
Driftwood, TX 78619 United States
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