Beginning beekeeping school 2021




On March 5-72021, Williams Honey Farm will host our fifth annual Beginning Beekeeping School weekend! Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a beekeeper?  Are you overwhelmed by all the conflicting information found on the internet?  Do you need a little more education than just a textbook at home?  Do you want to train on the actual equipment you will be using?  We’re trying to change the way beekeeping schools are taught and this is your chance to jump on board.

We’re also offering our Sophomore Beekeeper Reboot Class on Friday night again this year. More details are below.

Special group rates available for parties of 4 or more!  Email to sign up your group.


Special COVID announcement:

One last thing…Safety is number 1 for us.  As this world continues to change on a daily basis, please note, if by the time our school rolls around we do not feel it is safe to gather over 100 new beekeepers in the same room we will either cancel the event (issue refunds) and explore virtual options or delay until a time when all students can learn together comfortably.  You can either get a full refund, lock in a seat at a future in-person class, or get credit towards the purchase of a digital course.  As we teach in class, stay flexible! Thank you!!

Why we are different:

Instead of confusing you with 10 different ways to keep bees, we’ll show you step by step how we keep our bees in Tennessee.  We’ll have hands-on demonstrations of the exact equipment we use in our hives (you can pick up this very same equipment you have trained on at the end of the class!).  We’ll walk you through the building blocks of Tennessee beekeeping and build on each lesson.  We’ll have ample time for question and answers throughout the school.  You’ll have the chance to bond with other new natural beekeepers and join our growing community of responsible beekeeping.  Classes will be taught by a variety of local like-minded beekeepers and will feature small group breakout sessions.  Vendors will be on-site for any last minute equipment needs.

Special Honey themed dinner on Saturday night March 6th!  Bring your friends and tell them everything you’ve learned while enjoying a special honey themed dinner presented by Chef Richard of Green Door Gourmet.  Drinks included.  Dinner purchase open to all, regardless of whether you attend class.  You can even purchase a “Queen Bee” ticket!  Special benefactor status with seat at the head table and name listed in the program!  You love bees, now let the world know!

The Details:

Sophomore Beekeeper Reboot: Friday March 5, from 6pm-9pm. If you’ve already got at least a year of experience beekeeping, this class is a great refresher to help you get back up to speed on the basics. We’ll also talk about best practices, yearly maintenance, hive manipulations, and anything that’s been bugging you.

Beginning beekeeper school: March 6 from 8am-5pm and March 7 from 12pm-6pm (please plan to attend both days). This is the perfect starting point if you’re new to the beekeeping world!

Special Honey themed dinner by Chef Richard of Green Door Gourmet March 6th from 6:30-9pm. Social hour and honey tastings from 5:30-6:30 in on-site farm store!

The Location:

“The Barn” at Green Door Gourmet organic farm.

7011 River Rd Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

The Options:

Everything is a la carte!  Please choose the options that work for you:

Sophomore beekeeper reboot class (Friday)

Sophomore beekeeper reboot class for you and an additional family member.

Beginning beekeeper classes (Saturday/Sunday)

Beginning beekeeping class for you and an additional family member.

1 Seat at our gourmet honey themed dinner.  Sold out last 4 years in a row!!

1 “Queen Bee” ticket and benefactor status!  Special seat at the head table and your name listed in the program!

Purchase accessories in addition to class:

1 3lb package of bees plus queen.  Local pickup will be March 28, 2021 (weather dependent).  **Bee School Special only**  Sale price only with valid school registration.

If you’d like to purchase woodenware, please note your request in your Bee School registration order. We will be sending your request to Maple Bend Bee Supply for you to pick up and pay at Bee School the weekend of March 5-7 2021.

1 complete 3 medium super starter hive (woodenware only).  Pickup will be at the bee school.

1 complete 3 medium super starter hive (woodenware only) plus PPE, smoker, tools, and accessories. Pickup will be at the bee school.

**If you are just starting out, we highly recommend starting with 2 beehives and purchasing both of these kits for your home apiary.

Additional information


Sophomore beekeeping class, Sophomore beekeeping class plus additional household member, Beginner beekeeping class plus additional household member, Beginning beekeeping classes-Saturday & Sunday, Extra purchase of (1) 3lb package of bees plus queen, Extra purchase of (1) complete starter hive (woodenware only), Extra purchase of 1 complete starter hive (woodenware only) plus PPE, smoker, and all accessories, Honey Dinner "Queen Bee" VIP experience, Honey themed dinner, Sophomore beekeeper reboot Class Friday night