Gretchen Bee Ranch
Hives & Bees
  At Gretchen Bee Ranch we love to help others learn the art and science of keeping bees. This is a never-ending process and even after working with bees for over 30 years, we are amazed at what the bees still teach us. Beekeepers have a responsibility to be good stewards to these amazing creatures, and it all starts with a desire to learn.

Learning can take many forms — befriending veteran beekeepers in your community, joining a local beekeeping club, following an experienced beekeeper on their social media, and reading regularly books such as The Hive and the Honeybee and magazines such as the American Bee Journal.

We would be delighted if you considered our classes as part of your mix of learning opportunities!

Introduction to Beekeeping
This class teaches the fundamentals to the new beekeeper, or to those just wanting to experience the bees first-hand. A bee suit and other protective gear are provided.

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How to Harvest Your Honey
This is a hands on class that goes through the honey harvesting process using a hive from the Gretchen Bee Ranch apiary. It is designed for a new or first-year beekeeper.

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Customer Quote: “Had a wonderful experience there at Gretchen Bee Ranch, your beekeeping class was excellent…” -Dale H.
A group of student at the Gretchen Bee Ranch.
Free Beekeeping Workshops at Gretchen Bee Ranch
  We’d be delighted to see you at one or more of these free workshops at the Bee Ranch. We’ll provide ample opportunity for questions and information sharing. Workshops are held Saturday mornings from 9 to 10am. Pre-registration is not required.  
May 26 - How to Identify a Honey Flow & Know When to Add a Honey Super*
June 2 - Basic Queen Introduction with Demonstration*
June 9 - When & How Do I Add a Brood Box to My Growing Hive?*
June 16 - When Is It Time to Extract My Honey? (Yes, you have to extract suprlus honey.)
June 23 - Basic Honey Extracting Concepts & Tools
June 30 - Evaluating for a Summer Split*
July 7 - Mite Sampling Demonstration Using Powder Sugar Roll & Alcohol Wash*
July 14 - Summer Mite Treatment Options & Demonstration*
July 21 - Care & Cleaning of Your Smoker
July 28 - Looking Toward Fall – Food Levels, Queen Quality & Mite Numbers

  * This workshop will be held in our teaching apiary, weather permitting. Please bring your protective gear if you would like to participate.  

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