Beginner’s Organic Beekeeping

Saturday and Sunday, May 13 – 14, 2017

9:00am – 5:00pm

Organic BeekeepingThis workshop provides an introduction for folks interested in small scale and part-time (backyard) beekeeping. The workshop will present a balanced view of natural and organic beekeeping topics and practices including:

  • location and equipment requirements
  • basic honey bee biology
  • swarming as an expression of the bees vitality
  • overwintering
  • presence and mindfulness in the beeyard
  • non-toxic pest and disease control
  • an appreciation for the role that pollinators and beekeepers play within the Earth’s ecosystem

The program will be punctuated with an open hive demonstration with the opportunity for hands-on experience by inexperienced students weather permitting.

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Program Information

Fee: $110 per person
(includes course text: Natural Beekeeping 2nd Edition)
Meals and accommodations may be pre-arranged separately with the Metta Earth Institute. Please call, 802-453-8111 or email for more information.


Ross Conrad

Participant Testimonials:

“All of us want to let you know that we had a wonderful experience at your workshop.  We found your experiences, knowledge and presentation to be over the top!!  We all were pleased with the material covered, hive building class and working with the hives. The people in the class were a super bunch! Metta Earth facilities, food and people were excellent.  We greatly enjoyed talking with Gillian and the Metta Earth team about numerous topics, relating to gardening, farm animals and nature. After meeting you I find reading your book much more interesting and enjoyable. We all look forward to handling our bees with your ease, knowledge and understanding. I  proclaim Ross Conrad ‘The Beekeepers Beekeeper’.” – Allen M. and family

“The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others” – Saint John Chrysostom