Course 1. My First Colony (FREE COURSE)

FREE. 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. This course will help you choose your first hive and honey bee colony, tools, equipment, and more. It will help you learn everything you need to get…

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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?

If you are asking these questions, 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. 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

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, but can be adapted to other climates.
  • 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.)

Course Curriculum

Take 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.

Included with All of Our Courses

  • 52 Emails. Don’t have time to sit down and complete all of the lessons? We’ve got you covered. We divided the six courses into 52 condensed emails. You can avoid overwhelm by focusing on 1-2 topics per week in the season that you need the information.
  • Search By Topic. Use the Search function in the membership area of the website to search for and find answers to your specific questions.
  • Printable Guides. Print and reprint as often as you need. These include over 200 pages of checklists, recipes, tutorials, queen troubleshooting, and more!

Testimonials

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

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