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Starting Your Sweet Journey as a Beekeeper?

~ Let me BEE your guide!

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This is a working classroom with active beesBYOV (Bring Your Own VEIL)

Honey bees are relatively friendly creatures although most of us were taught at a young age to fear the sting of bees.

 

Fun Fact - Worker honey bees are females and can only sting one time and then they die. This means they really aren't interested in stinging everything that walks by.  The Drones (male bees) are larger and cannot sting at all!

Always remember to NOT swat at them. You are more likely to get stung if you smash or swat.  Simply walk away if they are buzzing you.

2022 ~ Classes for the New Year & New Beekeeper 

$40 per class per person       ~     Attend 4 classes and the 5th is FREE

All Outdoor Classes are Weather Dependent


Monday

Sept 12


3:00 pm


POP-UP CLASS!

Queen Marking 

We will be removing apivar, feeding, and doing Queen marking and equalizing in the apiary.


There are 40 colonies on site you must be appropriately dressed for working bees.​


This session is at Shlagel Farms in Waldorf. 


Pop-Up Queen Marking 9/12
$40.00


Sunday

March 13


3:30 pm

Building Your Equipment  

Spring Prep/What to do - from building your equipment (so it will last) to ordering and maneuvering through the catalogs loaded with eye-popping menus.


You really don't need everything they offer to be a beekeeper.  I recommend the "keep it simple" rule which will help you decide what you really need for your first few years.


This session is in my garage/AKA Honey House

so please dress for colder temperatures.

Join the Class
$40.00


Saturday

March 26


3:30 pm


Beekeeper for a Day 

This class is for the new bee who wants to get an idea of what this hobby is all about before putting out the money and investing in the gear.


In-apiary class designed with the inexperienced in mind. Put on a veil, or several different kinds, try on a suit, put your hands on the equipment and tools and get an idea of what it’s all about. We will even open a hive a take look inside (weather dependent).   This sneak peek will give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of beekeeping. 


Beekeeper for a Day 3/26
$40.00


Sunday

March 27


3:30 pm


Installing Spring Packages 

How to get the bees in my hive.


There are a few schools of thought on how best to accomplish the installation. I'll show you two methods and let you decide which is easiest for you & the bees. This is a fun in apiary first-time handling experience.  Bring your gear.

Installing Spring Packages 3/27
$40.00


Sunday

April 10


1:00 pm


Beekeeper for a Day 

This class is for the new bee who wants to get an idea of what this hobby is all about before putting out the money and investing in the gear.


In-apiary class designed with the inexperienced in mind. Put on a veil, or several different kinds, try on a suit, put your hands on the equipment and tools and get an idea of what it’s all about. We will even open a hive a take look inside (weather dependent).   This sneak peek will give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of beekeeping. 


Beekeeper for a Day 4/10
$40.00

New Date



Thursday

April 10 14



4:00 pm

Your First Inspection

We have the bees and the hives, now what?


Your first inspection is the most amazing and nerve-wracking. Everything feels new. I'll walk you through the inspection step-by-step and show you what to look for to determine if your colony is healthy and thriving. 


Includes: 

How to keep your smoker lit (this is a tough one for most new bees.)

Your First Inspection 4/14
$40.00


Thursday

May 12


3:30 pm


Beekeeper for a Day 

This class is for the new bee who wants to get an idea of what this hobby is all about before putting out the money and investing in the gear.


In-apiary class designed with the inexperienced in mind. Put on a veil, or several different kinds, try on a suit, put your hands on the equipment and tools and get an idea of what it’s all about. We will even open a hive and take look inside (weather dependent).   This sneak peek will give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of beekeeping. 


Beekeeper for a Day 5/12
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Beekeeper for a Day 5/12
$60.00


Sunday

May 15


3:30 pm

Making Nucs and Splits

Swarm Management


Keeping bees is animal husbandry on a tiny little scale. But there are responsibilities still in owning any creature that requires some care from you. 


Bees swarm - it's a natural part of life for them. I'll give you tips and tricks to stay ahead of the swarms and help you manage your apiary size with easy manipulations for management.

 

Making Nucs and Splits 5/15
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Making Nucs & Splits 5/15
$60.00


Saturday

June 4




3:30 pm

Honey Extraction - Part 1

(Date determined by the bees/nectar flow)

Part 1 is all about what we take from the bees and what we leave for them. Responsible, thoughtful practices to help them survive. It is after all their food source for winter and times of dearth.


This class is in the apiary.  We will pull frames of honey from each colony on the property based on what we see on each frame.  We store them in airtight containers and return them the next day to process them.

Honey Extraction - Part 1 June 4
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Honey Extraction TBD
$60.00


Sunday

June 5


3:30 pm

Honey Extraction - Part 2

(Date determined by the bees/nectar flow)

We'll be working in the Honey House

In this class, we process all of that delicious HONEY

in the honey house - you'll even go home with a bottle to share (or not!)



Honey Extraction - Part 2 June 5
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Honey Extraction 2 TBD
$60.00


Sunday

July 10


3:30 pm

Splits for Varroa Contro

How to do effective mite check & treatment


Healthy summer bees make healthy winter bees


Using readily available resources we determine if our bees need "treatment" for Varroa (we talk about and remedy hive beetles and wax moths as well)


Alcohol wash, decision-making tools, and playing with bees. Bring your suit!  Remember BYOV?


Splits for Varroa Control 7/10
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Splits for Varroa Control 7/10
$60.00


Sunday

July 31


8:30 am

I Know it's Hot Out There - But Don't Stop Inspecting!

Colony management through the dearth - AKA: What the heck is the dearth?


Managing hives when it's hot out. Bearding, wash-boarding, robbing, feeding, and airflow, plus

How to Recognize a Problem BEFORE it becomes a problem.


I Know it's Hot Out There - But Don't Stop Inspecting! 7/31
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) I Know it's Hot... 7/31
$60.00


Sunday

August 14


8:30 am

Building My Apiary - It's Never too Late to Grow or Become a Beekeeper 

New / Interested beekeepers class and apiary tour of the Honey House

 

So, you want to become a beekeeper but want to know more? Come spend a few hours with me touring our home apiary and asking questions. We will hope to give you the information you need to decide.

Building My Apiary - It's Never too Late to Grow or Become a Beekeeper 8/14
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Building My Apiary... 8/14
$60.00


Sunday

Sept 18


3:30 pm

Fall Planting for Spring Bees

Building a pollinator-friendly habitat with food resources for the season


The hardest part of beekeeping for me has been gardening. Learning what forage bees can use for nectar and pollen and when those things bloom (wow - makes my brain hurt).  We will discuss and take away ideas for planting as well as what and when the bees need feed. You can start a pollinator garden right now. Your future bees will love you for it.


Fall Planting for Spring Bees 9/18
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Fall Planting.. 9/18
$60.00


Sunday

October 9


3:30 pm

Scaling Back for the Winter

To wrap or not to wrap?


Includes winter prep and feed.


This is a winter prep class where we discuss how, when, why, and what the bees need to get through winter and spring. Food and heat are concerns for new beekeepers, we will help take some of the guesswork out of the end-of-season shutdown.


Scaling Back for the Winter 10/9
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Scaling Back.. 10/9
$60.00


Sunday

Nov 20


3:30 pm

Making Products from My Hive

Lip balm and body butter-making class.


This is a class in my kitchen, no beekeeping gear is required. As the weather starts to change, we notice we need moisture for hands and lips.  We will play with making products from the hive. 


Small class size required - only 5 students per class.


Making Products from My Hive 11/20
$40.00
Family (parent + kid(s)) Making Products.. 11/20
$60.00

Remember, this is a working classroom with active bees BYOV (bring your own veil when specified).

THESE ARE HANDS-ON CLASSES @ DEEZ Leonardtown BEEZ a Southern Maryland Apiary

**All participants must sign a release of liability to participate.

  • I can build a class for your needs/skill level or we can do a working session in my apiary or yours.
  • Do inspections with me and learn what I do and why.

Click on a class above or call to register 240-925-1944 

How We Help You and Our Community

  • Deez L’town Beez serves the local community through educational services regarding EVERYTHING beekeeping. 
  • We will come to your school, group gatherings, or club meetings to talk about how to keep bees for their honey, how to raise them for healthy pollination, and how to sustain them for the future. 
  • For direct learning, we can bring an observation hive to display and use to teach and learn in a safe environment.
  • Reach out to us in Leonardtown, Maryland for more information!

Swarm Removal Service

If a swarm happens, bees will naturally find a new home as half the hive leaves to create a new colony. 

We offer swarm removal services to the local area (tri-county Southern Maryland only). Just call and we’ll come help or we will reach out to other local beekeepers who specialize in Cut-Outs and complicated removals 

-they have the tools necessary to remove and re-home the swarm for you. 

Please call for immediate assistance with a swarm

240-925-1944 

The bees are typically their most docile during a swarm because they have nothing to protect except the Queen. Remember to use caution, they may sting to defend her.

 

Donations to our business or to the Association of Southern Maryland Beekeepers are always welcome with our gratitude.


Schedule an Observation Hive Event or Team Building Event

Learn to raise honey bees through our educational services at Deez L’town Beez in Leonardtown, Maryland.

 

Call 240-925-1944,  email, or message me through Facebook to discuss our programs, to order nuc bee hives, or any of our hive products. 


We can also make an educational appearance at your school, scout troop, club, or office function with a live portable observation beehive to help educate or promote beekeeping or just to teach folks about bees and how honey is made (typically by hourly rate - 2 hr minimum). 


We can customize events to fit your needs.


Free Quotes and Estimates

240-925-1944