My First Colony

Learn How to Start Your First Honey Bee Colony

If you are new to beekeeping, you probably have a LOT of questions about how to get started.

You may be wondering . . .

  • What type of hive should I get?
  • Which type of honey bee colony is best?
  • How much protective clothing do I need?
  • What are the best beekeeping tools?
  • How do I manage a new package or nucleus colony?
  • How do honey bees grow and reproduce?

You are not alone.

Over the past 30+ years, Stan and I have helped thousands of people get started with beekeeping. You have asked some really great, important questions about bees. We gathered all of the questions and answers together to write a series of beekeeping courses. 

Our FREE course, My First Colony, will help you learn everything you need to get started.

Why Take This Course?

This course includes over 50 video and text lessons. We will take you beekeeping and share step-by-step strategies, inspection tips, and troubleshooting guides to help keep your colonies healthy and happy. 

Skills you will learn

How to choose your first colony, hive, protective clothing, and beekeeping tools

What’s in a hive? Things bees collect and add to the hive

The roles of bees within a colony & How honey bees reproduce and grow

How to set up your apiary & move colonies

How to hive your colony

What to do 1 day, 1 week, etc. after installing packages

Take These Online Courses Anytime, Anywhere in the World.

Begin any time of year, and refer back to the info when you need to.

100% Self-paced with pre-recored videos.

Lifetime access.

Access to updates. Whenever we update this course, you will have access to all of the new info.

52 Emails

Don’t have time to complete all of the lessons? We’ve got you covered. We took the information across all six of our courses and divided it into 52 condensed emails. You can avoid overwhelm by focusing on 1-2 topics per week in the season that you need the information.

NOTE: Weekly emails will span all six courses. You will be able to access links within courses you signed up for.


Join thousands of beekeepers from around the country who have created successful apiaries and discovered the joy of keeping honey bees.

Here is what our customers have to say!

More Confident as Beekeepers

“Stan and Alicia, Thank you for letting us learn from you. We have learned so much and are getting more confident as beekeepers. There is a huge difference between a book education and watching Stan work:) We really appreciate your friendship.”

Andrea and kids, Spanish Fork, Utah

Folks You Can Trust

“I have known Stan and Alicia for 3 years now while trying to learn the art of beekeeping. They are perfect contacts to get you started and keep you going. Very knowledgeable and patient with everyone. . . . They teach classes, have online videos, and will give ongoing support.”

Brent DeMille, Utah

Successfully Completing This Course Requires

  • This course is for “New-bees.” No beekeeping experience required, just a desire to learn about keeping honey bees. 
  • We assume you will keep European Honey Bees.
  • The material in this class applies best to temperate regions with a winter season.
  • You will have most success as a new beekeeper if you keep bees in a Langstroth hive, but you can adapt this course to fit other hive styles. (Top Bar, Warré, and other Hives are considered “Intermediate” hives.)

About the Creators

Photo Credit to Dan Barnett

Hi. We are Stan and Alicia Moulton and we own and operate The Honey Company in Spring City, Utah. We have helped thousands of new beekeepers get started over the past 30 years and 4 generations of beekeeping. Stan likes to say “I’ve killed more colonies than you ever will as I’ve learned to keep bees.” Learn from our mistakes and successes as you keep bees too. 

Class Curriculum

Sign up to access the course My First Colony, for FREE.


(a $100 Value)

Over 50 lessons to help you learn what you need to know to start your first honey bee colony.

Purchase All Six Online Beekeeping Courses.


(a $600 Value)

Over 275 video and text lessons to help you keep healthier, more successful honey bee colonies.

  1. Beginning Beekeeping Skills-$100 Value
  2. My First Colony-$100 Value
  3. How is My Queen?-$100 Value
  4. Are My Bees Healthy?-$100 Value
  5. Honey and Beeswax-$100 Value
  6. Queen Rearing-$100 Value