$36 – $300

Bee Labs by Hive Hive - Beekeeping Workshop Series

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Whitehall Farms, LLC

12523 Popes Head Road

Clifton, VA 20124

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Open to novice and experienced bee keepers alike! Children are also invited with an accompaning adult over the age of 18.

All classes will be $40 each. If you are interested in coming to all of the classes from April through September, you can purchase a discounted season pass.

We're offering a 10% discount to couples and families.

Also if you purchase 4 classes "a la carte," you get the 5th class free! Please email us directly at info@whitehall.farm to receive the discount code for the 5th class.

The series includes 10 hands on workshops from the end of April to mid September on the second Sundays and fourth Fridays.


Participants are asked to dress accordingly. Long pants, long sleeves & hat are highly recommended. Bug baffles are recommended, but not required. They are available for purchase online at https://www.bugbaffler.com/


While there is no set curriculum, class topics will be determined by seasonal bee keeping duties. Bi weekly newsletters will go out with class descriptions.

APRIL Beekeeping Duties

Packaged bees arrive! Install packages and queens in empty/new hive setups. Packaged bees are primed for drawing out comb with wax, so take advantage of this and rotate un-drawn frames with drawn fames to fill out and complete the comb in any given hive. If there is no foreseeable frigid weather, begin making splits: brood with new queen as well as walkaway splits. Monitor new queens in the yard to: Make sure that she has been accepted by her new brood. Make sure that she has begun laying, and that the pattern is healthy/strong.

MAY Beekeeping Duties

A critical beekeeping month. Nectar flow should have begun with dandelions and fruit trees in bloom, so consider placing honey supers on the hives. Periodic frame inspections to make sure the queen(s) are healthy and that their brood patterns are good. Colonies showing fast build up should be addressed. Check for Swarm Cells. Swap top and bottom brood boxes. Make splits if necessary. Open up entrance reducers to allow for more airflow and traffic. Try to stay ahead and thus, avoid swarming.

JUNE Beekeeping Duties

Swarming season has begun. A hive that swarms will generally not produce a honey crop, and could even lose it’s queen and finally the whole colony. Critical to try to stay ahead of this natural behavior. Avoid overcrowding by adding additional brood boxes/honey supers. Make splits to avoid overcrowding or to use any swarm cells that have appeared. Place honey supers on the hives. They should be in place before the flow.

JULY Beekeeping Duties

Watch the honey flow closely. Any new white wax along the edges of the bars or frames means the colony needs a honey super. Always keep an extra honey super or two around. July is a hot month in this area, so the extra room and ventilation is appreciated, provided the colony is healthy enough to properly defend the new space. As with any time the hive(s) are inspected, closely examine the brood pattern. Disease? No queen/weak queen? Too many drones? There is still time in the season to rectify any of these situations.

AUGUST Beekeeping Duties

Honey time. Continue to check the supers and add more if necessary. When adding an additional super, place the empty one below the full one. Bees don’t like the empty space in between and are likely to draw it out faster. If there is a short honey supers, extract the honey from the full ones and return them to the yard. Continue to monitor the brood. It is too late to make walk away splits now, but begin re-queening if need be.

SEPTEMBER Beekeeping Duties

Extraction time. Since nectar flow peaks and then declines, it’s tricky to time the apex to maximize the honey yield. Don’t leave honey supers on too long, or the bees will begin to eat their stores when the nectar dwindles, which diminishes returns. Honey supers should be extracted when the weather is still warm so that the honey will flow better for your processing purposes. Remove any empty supers to force the bees to fill the brood chambers with any residual nectar/honey. This is where they will overwinter, so you want them to have their food as close as possible. Once the honey has been extracted and supers removed, begin medicating if necessary.


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