Beginning beekeeping school 2022 (In-person)



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

On February 25, 26, 27 2022, Williams Honey Farm will host our sixth 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 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 practice marking queens.

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

Covid statement: We care very much about your safety and those around you. Masks are strongly encouraged.  In addition, Covid vaccination card OR negative Covid (PCR) test results within 72 hours will be required to attend all in-person events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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.

Special Honey themed dinner on Saturday night February 26!  Bring your friends and tell them everything you’ve learned while enjoying a special honey themed dinner presented by 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 February 25, 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 maybe even practice some queen marking!  No equipment necessary, we’ll provide it all to practice with!

Beginning beekeeper school: February 26th from 8am-5pm and February 27th 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.

Special Honey themed dinner by Green Door Gourmet February 26th 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 5 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 26, 2022 (weather dependent).

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 February 26/27, 2022.

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, Honey Dinner "Queen Bee" VIP experience, Honey themed dinner, Sophomore beekeeper reboot Class Friday night

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