This is one or two full days of training (March 11th and 12th) at the San Xavier Cooperative Farm (click for map) 15 minutes south of downtown Tucson, Arizona.  For our 9th year of offering beekeeping education we continue to partner with the San Xavier Co-op Farm to offer this training closer to Tucson.  As usual, the Sonoran Permaculture Guild is also spreading the word about this training and registering students.


Level I – Beginning Beekeeping (Saturday)

This option may be for you if,

  1. You are someone with absolutely no beekeeping experience, and want to avoid pitfalls and unneeded expense as you jumpstart your beekeeping hobby.
  2. You feel like you need a refresher of the basics or may be missing something essential, and you can’t fit two full-days into your schedule.
  3. You just appreciate honey bees, and desire to learn more about them with no intention of obtaining bees.

Level II – Intermediate (Sunday)

This is for you if,

  1. You simply want to pick up where you left off on Day 1 to broaden your understanding. Note: you do not have to already be a beekeeper to attend both days.
  2. You already have some experience with honey bees, or have been doing your own research for quite some time, and you don’t have time to take a full weekend training.
  3. You are considering expanding your existing beekeeping hobby into something more like a sideline business.

Note:  For “Beginners” – DO NOT sign up for Level II – Intermediate (Sunday) if you have not taken Level I (Saturday).  Signing up for both days is highly encouraged.

Space is Limited!

The activities of honey bees will be studied in both a classroom setting and through hands-on examination of hive patterns within active hives.  We will look at reproduction patterns, seasonal population dynamics, the various responsibilities of the queen, worker and drone, and the honey bee’s complex set of duties such as pollination, storing resources, and making wax combs.  See the agenda for more details.  Information about how to prepare for the training will be sent to registered students approximately 10 days prior to class.


The following agenda may change at the discretion of the instructor(s).


Level I Beginning Beekeeping (Saturday – Start 8:00am)

  • Brief introduction, Beekeeping History
  • Seasonal Patterns, Swarming, Health and Pests
  • Managing Defensive Colonies, Safety precautions

    [Late morning Hive Inspection]

    (Lunch on your own, 12:30-1:30)

  • Obtaining Bees: Packages, Nucleus Colonies, Queens
  • Hive Styles, Harvesting Equipment
  • Locating the Hive and Apiary – Urban and Rural

     Conclude 5:00pm

Level II – Intermediate (Sunday – Start 8:00am)

  • Population Dynamics, Pests and Diseases
  • Proper Nutrition and Food Resources
  • Increasing Hive Numbers, Queen Rearing-Selection/Africanization

   [Late Morning Hive Inspection]

   (Lunch on your own, 12:30-1:30)

  • Planning Harvesting Needs, Hive Product Quality, Marketing
  • Combining Hives – How, Why, When?
  • Planning For Winter Survival, “Off-Season” Winter Work

     Conclude 5:00pm


Please note that although we feel it’s supremely important for young people to be exposed to farming and agriculture we do not admit children under the age of 12 to this training.  In some rare cases adults attending this training have felt as though children were a distraction from their learning experience.  For young adults between the ages of 12 and 16, please connect with us first to discuss your situation.  The same fees apply to everyone regardless of age.  At this time we do not offer a separate workshop for children, but we would be open to discussing the logistics of preparing one for parents who have organized a small group.  Please email jaime or [email protected] with questions or concerns.