Beginning beekeeping school 2023 (In-person)



It’s official, we’re back in-person!!!!

On March 24,25,26 2023, Williams Honey Farm will host our seventh annual Beginning Beekeeping School weekend at Green Door Gourmet along with our presenting sponsor, Maple Bend Bee Supply! 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 (3/24) again this year. During this 3 hour class we will discuss queen rearing and timing in nucs, hive manipulation techniques, and DIY grafting using the punch method!  If there’s time we may even demonstrate artificial insemination of a virgin queen!

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


Please note: to sign up for our first-ever “4-pour” honey and wine tasting please click on the link to Green Door Gourmet’s website for tickets.  Tickets will be processed separately from bee school seats. Click here for honey tasting tickets.

Unfortunately due to equipment and materials rental, there will be no refunds within 7 days of the start of your class.

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 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.

And for the first time ever, we’ll be offering a “4-pour” honey, wine, and small bite experience on Saturday night March 25th!  Let us be your tour guide as you learn how to properly taste and enjoy honey from around the country while experiencing perfectly paired wines and small bites.  You and your significant other will be amazed at what we can show you.  😉

The Details:

Sophomore Beekeeper Reboot: Friday March 24th, 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. As a bonus, we’ll also do live mite testing and maybe even demo artificial insemination of a virgin queen!  No equipment necessary, we’ll provide it all to practice with!

Beginning beekeeper school: March 25th from 8am-5pm and March 26th from 12pm-6pm (please plan to attend both days). This is the perfect starting point if you’re new to the beekeeping world!  Bring a pen and notepad and get ready to learn.  This is not your average bee school.

Special “4-pour” honey and wine tasting experience led by Jay Williams and Green Door Gourmet March 25th from 5:30-6:30!  Purchase tickets to this event separately via this link.

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 first-ever “4-pour” honey and wine tasting.

Purchase accessories in addition to class:

(1) 5-frame medium nucleus hive with laying queen.  p/u date approx 3rd week in May 2023.  For optimal success of our students, we no longer recommend purchasing packages of bees.  We only recommend starting with nucleus colonies.

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 25/26 2023.

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.  Your woodenware does not include live bees.

Additional information


Sophomore beekeeping class, Sophomore beekeeping class plus additional household member, 5 frame medium nucleus beehive, Beginner beekeeping class plus additional household member, Beginning beekeeping classes-Saturday & Sunday, Extra purchase of (1) 3lb package of bees plus queen, Honey Dinner "Queen Bee" VIP experience, Honey themed dinner

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